Three Poems by Aya de Leon

March 19, 2014

By Aya de Leon   eulogy for my ass     friends   loved ones we are gathered today to pay our respects to bid farewell to my young ass   born in less bootylicious times she grew up perky.     .precocious always reaching for the stars   in spandex throughout the late eighties shaking in...
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Two Pieces by Karin Cotterman

March 12, 2014

By Karin Cotterman     Radiation/Journey to basement and waiting room   I enter the sliding glass door of the building as if I am going to see my dentist who is on the 3rd floor. I ride up with others, medical professionals, patients and visitors to the 5th floor, where I don’t turn...
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My Grandma’s Blue-Green Eyes Look/Laugh Like

March 11, 2014
My Grandma’s Blue-Green Eyes Look/Laugh Like

By John Murillo We played Monopoly and I feared the end of the world. This was when Y2K was a thing and I was still jealous of my friends for being members of a club I named in my imagination—the five-foot club. I hated the smallness I felt being short. Midnight approached and the...
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Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (Book Review)

March 7, 2014

By David B. Green, Jr. I have learned through the process of story telling and sharing that we all come from various walks of life and that doesn’t make any of us less valid. –Janet Mock   To date, there exist only a select number of memoirs written by self-identified Black trans or drag-queen...
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March 1, 2014
Kalamu ya Salaam
photo credit: Alex Lear

By Kalamu ya Salaam During the tumult of the seventies, in publications such as The Black Scholar and black World, I engaged with and eventually championed the work of Audre Lorde, who was and remains one of the most progressive of our warrior intellectuals. Being a successful activist is no easy task, no preordained...
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February 26, 2014

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Using the Erotic to do Our Work

February 25, 2014
Audre Lorde
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  There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those...
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TFW’s Tanisha C. Ford and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan at Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora

February 22, 2014

 Join TFW Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan and Contributing Editor Tanisha C. Ford at the Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora Symposium at UMass Amherst, Friday, February 28th. With this event, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst commemorates its 40th anniversary. It will bring together a group of scholars working at the intersections of...
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Op Ed: It’s Time to Answer the Call for Mobile Education

February 10, 2014
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By Laura Odenthal As ringtones interrupt class and texting diverts attention, it is no wonder that many teachers view cell phones as a classroom distraction. But when looked at in a different way, cell phones can provide transformational learning in places when formal classroom settings may not be available. For students in the developing...
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Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

February 5, 2014
Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

Sometimes there are things you just can’t forget.  Today would have been his birthday. Today, we know that our criminal justice and legal systems, our human relations, and our ways of being are both positively and negatively shaped by the various notions of race, class, gender and other forms of identification that circulate among...
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