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An Open Letter to Our Sister, CeCe McDonald

August 31, 2013
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An Open Letter to Our Sister, CeCe McDonald

By Brothers Writing to Live  Dear CeCe, This letter to you, sister, is past due. We are late to the struggle. And for that we are sorry. But like so many other moments of solidarity–especially those that come after crises have already ripped apart the lives of would-be comrades–we now show up as allies...
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Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism

August 30, 2013
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Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism

By LaKisha Simmons In response to your racist memes and our ensuing discussion. You believe that race “doesn’t matter in today’s day,” that you treat all people as human, and that you do not see race.  In your heart you are color blind. But racism does not live in hearts.  Racism is not about your...
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#BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Letters from Brothers Writing to Live

August 15, 2013
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#BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Letters from Brothers Writing to Live

By Brothers Writing to Live We are a collective of black men dedicated to challenging the ideas of black masculinity and manhood through the written word. Through our work, we explore the ugliest parts of ourselves and our community, in the hope that we can illuminate the beauty that we know exists as well....
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LGBTQ Film Feature: “U People” Fifth Anniversary Interview with Hanifah Walidah

August 14, 2013
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  Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary in 2010, U People is a music video, a documentary LGBT film, and a digital archive of stories that document myriad experiences of otherness and queer-of-color life. The first ‘rockumentary’ of its kind, U People brings viewers behind the scenes of a not-so-typical music...
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if God can Cook / you Know I can: Pedagogy of Those Opting-Out of Oppression

August 14, 2013
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By Carrie Y. T. Kholi As a poet/scholar, I’m having a difficult time labeling this piece.  It feels like a tough lesson from my favorite instructors, some of their words present below.  It feels like a good poem, able to be read at 20 and 40 and after, each time teaching even the writer something...
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Ad Matrem: Attachment Parenting, Feminism, and Catfights

August 13, 2013
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Ad Matrem: Attachment Parenting, Feminism, and Catfights

By Keira V. Williams Last summer, the world—or at least the American media—momentarily freaked out over attachment parenting, the parenting style that posits that children develop appropriately only with hands-on, constant, consistent care. This practice includes, among other things, the prescribed behaviors of breastfeeding, “baby-wearing,” and “co-sleeping” until the child weans itself of these activities....
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Fiction Feature: "Planets" by Kaitlyn Greenidge

July 31, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Greenidge   We the only girls who leave our walk. We the only girls that travel. All the other girls on our walk, they stay. They never move. They start out standing around in a group all together, but only so boys notice them. Those girls, they don’t move. They don’t leave...
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Carrying Trayvon’s Body: What is to be done?

July 19, 2013
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By Shana Redmond  To live in this world as Black people is to be confronted by the possibility of harm at every turn, to live with and manage perpetual anger, frustration, and disillusion. As intersectional peoples, we, along with aligned people of color, women, the working-class, immigrant populations, LGBTQI communities, and differently-abled persons recognize...
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White Feminists and Trayvon Martin

July 19, 2013
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By Debra Guckenheimer Gender and racial inequality are intertwined in ways the Trayvon Martin case highlighted.  Historically, the safety of White women has been used to justify violence against Black men. We must not tolerate it.  Justice for Trayvon Martin is a feminist struggle, and White feminists like me must show up in the...
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Racial Cowardice, White Denial: Post Racial Delusions in the Era of Zimmerman

July 18, 2013
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Racial Cowardice, White Denial: Post Racial Delusions in the Era of Zimmerman

The killing of Trayvon Martin, the trial of George Zimmerman, and the aftermath illustrate how much race matters. Yet the response from many, particularly white America, has been to deny, dismiss, and blame.  And Zimmerman apologists and those privileged by their own post-racial fantasies have been particularly busy.  Take Juror B37 for example, who concludes...
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