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A Declaration: Toward A New Politics of Black Female Sexuality*

March 19, 2013
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I want to begin this essay by declaring my stake and investment in the project of rearticulating and reframing narratives around Black female sexuality. I was born to a Black Puerto Rican American mother who birthed me at age 18. I was raised by my mother, grandmother, aunts, and my mother’s friends who had...
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Op-Ed: Jack Johnson and the Racial Politics of a Presidential Pardon

March 17, 2013
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Op-Ed: Jack Johnson and the Racial Politics of a Presidential Pardon

On March 5, U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), John McCain (R-AZ), William “Mo” Cowan (D-MA) and U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) put forth a resolution to pardon Jack Johnson, the first-ever black world heavyweight champion from 1908 to 1915. The legislation calls on President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon Johnson for his unjust conviction...
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the tenth time out of ten

March 17, 2013
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the tenth time out of ten

 For Latasha Harlins For Amadou Diallo It is midnight in a year that is of no particular importance. Somewhere, a leading criminologist who spent all day on the air calling Black boys “Superpredators” is sleeping next to his wife or graduate student. And somewhere in the commercial/industrial no-man’s-land that buffers my white friend’s neighborhood...
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Masculinity and Domestic Violence: A Conversation with Sally MacNichol and Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Directors of CONNECT

March 16, 2013
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Quentin: It’s interesting that Sally and I were invited to talk about masculinity and domestic violence; these are two issues that are often seen as separate and unrelated. Examining the connection between masculinity and domestic violence has been critical in our effort to transform people’s attitudes and beliefs that lead to domestic violence. What...
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Feminist Anxiety about Domestic Violence Against Men

March 16, 2013
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By Jennifer Gaboury The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was recently reauthorized after an unexpected delay — a delay that extends beyond, now routine, Republican obstructionism – attributed to opposition to the extension of protections to groups such as immigrants and Native American women.  I’m interested in another exclusion that has sometimes been raised since the...
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Drowning in Wool

March 15, 2013
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By Zach Stafford In high school, I was obsessed with planning what I was going to wear to school every day. The nights before classes I would spend hours upon hours sorting through clothes, losing myself in the depths of my closet. I would stage at least three different options on my bedroom floor,...
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Lessons on What It Must Be, Not What It Could: Growing Up Black and Boy in America

March 14, 2013
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By Hashim Pipkin  At age twelve, before I had one full year of formal schooling, I had a notion as to what life meant that no education could ever alter, a conviction that the meaning of living came only when one was struggling to wring a meaning out of meaningless suffering. Richard Wright, Black...
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Fear of the Sonic [Un]Known: Sonica Trauma and Black Masculinity in the Popular Imagination

March 13, 2013
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Fear of the Sonic [Un]Known: Sonica Trauma and Black Masculinity in the Popular Imagination

By Regina Bradley Black masculinity is frequently framed within the context of visual culture. In other words, discourses about black masculinity often consider questions of: what black men’s bodies look like; what their experiences look like; and what their identities look like. This past year, I have been pushed to think about black manhood outside...
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In Search of our Brothers’ Gardens: Considering Literary Black Masculinities in the 21st Century

March 13, 2013
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By Lisa Guerrero James Baldwin brought me here.  Not just here to this meditation, but here to this place in my life as a scholar.  It was the works of James Baldwin, along with those of Ralph Ellison and Paul Beatty that compelled me to become a scholar of race and African American literature...
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White Men Rule the World*

March 12, 2013
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By Joseph Osmundson I have spent much of my life running away from white masculinities. I don’t write about home very easily or very often.  When I write, I write about New York or about public policy or, most often, about science.  Recreating the deep past, the blood memories, can be emotionally exhausting.  But...
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