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Black Feminist Intellectual: A Conversation with Professor Imani Perry

December 20, 2012
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DM: At present, you hold a primary appointment as a Professor within the Center for African American Studies and a secondary appointment in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. You hold a Ph.D. (Harvard University) and J.D. (Harvard Law), and your interdisciplinary research focuses on race and African American culture. You describe yourself as...
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Navajo man wants the nation to hear its official apology

December 19, 2012
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  Buried on page 45 of the 2010 Defense Appropriations Act, after pages on the maintenance and operation of the U.S. military, is an official apology to Native American people. Mark Charles, a member of the Navajo Nation, stumbled onto the apology about a year ago after he heard GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney...
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Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

December 18, 2012
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Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

By Tavia Nyong’o With all the rock dinosaurs that thundered the Madison Square Garden dome during Wednesday’s 12-12-12 benefit concert, a viewer might have missed that the event also meant to showcase the resilient ordinary people of the greater New York and New Jersey area whose lives were upended by Hurricane Sandy. As with...
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Pageantry

December 17, 2012
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Pageantry

By Petrina Crockford The first summer our dads were in Afghanistan, our moms on the base got together and organized a parade and pageant. Streamers hung from the tree branches and blew in the breeze; balloons tied to the community mailbox batted against each other; in the center of the cul-de-sac at the end...
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A Photo-essay: Decolonizing My Body, My Being

December 12, 2012
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A Photo-essay: Decolonizing My Body, My Being

By: Edward Ndopu In the winter of 2011, almost three weeks before my twenty-first birthday, I had the extraordinary pleasure of joining forces with photographer Saddi Khali, a visionary artist celebrated for producing exquisite nude portraits of black and brown bodies. In fact, I myself commissioned him to photograph me nude. Initially, I was...
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Proving Rape to Receive Public Assistance: Pennsylvania HB 2718

December 10, 2012
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Proving Rape to Receive Public Assistance: Pennsylvania HB 2718

By Kalen Young Now that the adrenaline from November 6th has begun to wear off, I find my concentration turning to more localized legislation. My fervor for this year’s presidential election proved to be a potent distraction from bills lurking under the radar, like Pennsylvania’s H.B. 2718. Recently, riding on the residual ardor of...
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Concluding TFW's Forum on World AIDS Day 2012

December 2, 2012
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Concluding TFW's Forum on World AIDS Day 2012

Today marks the conclusion of our Forum on World AIDS Day, but we are committed to making space for critical conversations on HIV/AIDS throughout the year. Indeed, we must remember, as writer and visual artist Ted Kerr reminds us: ”Every day is World AIDS Day, once a year the media remembers.” As we bring this...
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The Work, Frontline HIV Prevention Workers, & the Labor of Love Yet To Be Done

December 1, 2012
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The Work, Frontline HIV Prevention Workers, & the Labor of Love Yet To Be Done

By: Lillian Rivera, MPH & Edgar Rivera Colón, PhD December 1st, World AIDS Day, represents a multitude of things to people involved in addressing and living with the enduring global pandemic. Our own lives would have been very different if the HIV/AIDS crisis had not visited and wreaked havoc upon the communities of our concern...
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HIV/AIDS in the Prison Industrial Complex

November 30, 2012
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HIV/AIDS in the Prison Industrial Complex

By Sandy Guillaume As the United States prepared to mark another World AIDS Day (WAD), I wondered to myself: What catchy slogan will be used this year to call attention to the never-ending fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS? This year’s slogan, “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation,” assumes that we are actually “working together.” But...
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TFW Interviews an Expert in the HIV Prevention Field: Dr. David Malebranche

November 30, 2012
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TFW: The theme for World AIDS Day from 2011-2015, which is “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths,” is a forward-looking goal that some may read as hyperbolic given the steady rates of HIV among certain populations. Can we get to zero? If so, what do we need to...
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