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"Beasts of the Southern Wild": An Affective Review

February 23, 2013
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild": An Affective Review

I have a confession:  I didn’t like Beasts of the Southern Wild.  And I don’t fully understand why. Don’t get me wrong; there were a number of wonderful facets to the movie. The beautifully textured cinematography and score were, at times, literally breathtaking. Quvenzhané Wallis’s portrayal of Hushpuppy was both perfectly quiet and understatedly...
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

February 22, 2013
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

Hollywood is notorious for the ways it presents and brandishes mental health to mass audiences.  In the rare instances in which a major motion picture even introduces concepts of mental health, critique inevitably swirls around the overall message the writers and actors are trying to achieve. If I think K-Mart sucks, do I meet...
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

February 22, 2013
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

So much of criticism, feminist critique included, hinges on highlighting what is wrong. In the case of film reviews, we so often ask what on-screen narratives convey about difference and the status quo. For an industry the prides itself on innovation, misogyny occupies the limelight so often that one might even call it formulaic....
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Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool”

February 20, 2013
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Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool”

Enter Scene: I am walking in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn—where we do more than die, by the way—rocking a close fade with two parts on the side, a full beard and mustache lined up perfectly, eyes protected by a pair of fresh chocolate browline frames (I was two blocks from Malcolm X boulevard, after all). I...
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Talking Vultures, Humans, and Warm Flesh with Charles Bowden

February 18, 2013
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Talking Vultures, Humans, and Warm Flesh with Charles Bowden

By Alice Driver Some people we know only through their words. And so it was with author Charles Bowden and his images of bloated bodies, scurrying rats, of air so hot that a single match would light it on fire, images of savagery inverted into beauty that came with the uncomfortable awareness of the...
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OpEd: The Science of Love Behind the Science of Rape

February 17, 2013
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By: Angela Willey “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”  Todd Akin’s now infamous claim in August of 2012 destroyed his credibility and his reelection bid. His comments propagate a long history of victim-blaming by implying that some rapes are not really rapes. ...
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(Insert Witty Scandal-Related Title Here): Continuing the Dialogue

February 15, 2013
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(Insert Witty Scandal-Related Title Here): Continuing the Dialogue

By Brandon T. Maxwell The following is an attempt to respond to some of the critiques of my article, “Olivia Pope and The Scandal of Representation,” recently published by The Feminist Wire. Herein, I attempt to address what I perceived to be overarching critiques of the essay and respond to them accordingly, engaging criticisms...
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Posted in Black Women, Culture, Entertainment, Politics, Television, U.S. | 8 Comments »

Simposio de la Feminización de las Migraciones y Derechos Humanos: Signing a Pact for the Future

February 14, 2013
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Simposio de la Feminización de las Migraciones y Derechos Humanos: Signing a Pact for the Future

Today is not only Valentine’s day or Día V, the day against violence against women, but it marks an interesting moment in Mexican national policy. As a participant in the Simpoio Internacional de Feminización de las Migraciones y Derechos Humanos at the Centro de Estudios Economicos at the UNAM in Mexico City, it has...
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Yes, brotha—come GET me!: A Black Feminist’s (Late) Response to Think Like a Man

February 12, 2013
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I just finished watching Think Like a Man for the first time on Starz.  I resisted going to see the film when it was released 11 months ago, because I have problems with Steve Harvey capitalizing on black women’s pain—in the film and the book that inspired it, Act Like a Lady; Think Like...
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Op-Ed: Lessons From Brooklyn College: A Victory For BDS, Academic Freedom, and the Vanquishing of Bullies

February 10, 2013
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By: Katherine Franke In case you haven’t heard, last Thursday night Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti spoke at Brooklyn College about the notion of using boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to protest the state of Israel’s policies toward Palestine and Palestinians. Ordinarily these kinds of talks (Barghouti speaks on college campuses all the time)...
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