Youth

On Boko Haram, Missing Children, and Narcissism

May 2, 2014
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On Boko Haram, Missing Children, and Narcissism

By Niama Safia Sandy This month I’ve watched as everyone talked about the mounting tension between the Ukraine and Russia, the Heartbleed superbug, the South Korean ferry disaster, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, NBA team-owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments, the banana that was thrown at Dani Alves of Atletico Barcelona fame, and whatever other news...
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Posted in Black Women, Family, Health, Military, New Media, Politics, Sexism, Violence, White Privilege, Women of Color, World, Youth | 6 Comments »

Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

May 1, 2014
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

By Minna Salami  On April 14, over two hundred girls aged twelve to seventeen were kidnapped from their school hostel in Borno, a Nigerian state that has become notorious for fundamentalism and terror. As I write this, the whereabouts of the girls remain unknown. Nor has Boko Haram, the key terror group in Nigeria, issued...
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Posted in Activism, Black Women, Bodies, Ethnicity, Family, Feminism, Military, Patriarchy, Politics, Religion, Sexism, Violence, Women of Color, World, Youth | 8 Comments »

‘Night, Beautiful

April 22, 2014
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By Emma Weisberg You’re beautiful. Why are those the hardest words to believe? The thing is I believe in what other people say pretty easily.  I’m actually an extremely gullible person.  So, how can the single phrase, “You’re beautiful,” face so much mental resistance? I’ve always had a hard time with confidence—with thinking “I...
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Posted in Bodies, College Feminisms, Culture, Feminism, Love, Patriarchy, Stereotypes, Youth | 3 Comments »

Rethinking Dear White People: One Viewer Questions its Depiction of Microagressions for Today’s Youth

April 22, 2014
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By Monique John While only recently picked up by Lionsgate Films, Dear White People has had the Internet buzzing for over a year. The indie black art-house film, directed by Justin Simien, has captured the public’s imagination with its narrative and explicit racial politics. Dear White People is set at a fictitious Ivy League...
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Posted in Black Women, Culture, Entertainment, Film, masculinity, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Stereotypes, U.S., White Privilege, Women of Color, Youth | 1 Comment »

A Tale of Two Mothers

April 21, 2014
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By Hanifa Barnes Scottsdale, AZ It is a beautiful afternoon in Scottsdale, AZ. The temperature will reach a high of 80 degrees, as a single mother of two prepares for a long-awaited interview. She knows that this opportunity could mean a positive turn for her family. This opportunity means that she could pay for...
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Posted in Black Women, Economy, Education, Family, Health, History, Patriarchy, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Stereotypes, U.S., Women of Color, Youth | 3 Comments »

The Future: Resistance Beyond Apathy

April 16, 2014
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The lamenting of “today’s youth” and their so-called apathy, ignorance and self-indulgence is nothing new.  Each successive generation is often dismissed by “adults” who publicly shame the “future” for their supposed ineptitude and perpetual failure to uphold the “values” of past generations.  However, nostalgia is a dangerous drug.  Beyond the simplicity, historic amnesia and...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Health, Patriarchy, Politics, Privilege, Sexism, U.S., Violence, Youth | 1 Comment »

TFW’s Sikivu Hutchinson and Aishah Shahidah Simmons Partner to Address Sexual Violence with Youth in South Los Angeles

March 10, 2014
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On Friday, March 7, 2014, TFW Associate Editor Aishah Shahidah Simmons gave a presentation on the importance of naming and ending sexual violence with approximately 50 African-American and Latino students from Washington Prep High School  and Duke Ellington Continuation School’s Women of Color in the U.S. class  in South Los Angeles. This International Women’s Day...
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Why Sikivu Hutchinson’s Latest Book Is Relevant To an Angry Romani Ex-Muslim

March 10, 2014
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By Maryam Moosan-Clark In Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels, Sikivu Hutchinson takes us on a roller coaster ride through the different, interacting forms of underprivilege that affect People of Color in the United States, past and present. Throughout much of the journey, despite giving numerous examples a minority person can relate to, she...
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Posted in Book Review, Privilege, Racism, Religion, White Privilege, Women of Color, Youth | 2 Comments »

Nicki Minaj and Pretty Taking All Fades: Performing the Erotics of Feminist Solidarity

March 6, 2014
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By Jillian Hernandez and Anya M. Wallace   This essay aims to consider an erotics of feminist solidarity, not a solidarity that only decries the status quo—but one that recognizes the conditions under which women and girls of color craft their identities and sexualities—and does not punish them for it.  How do we measure...
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For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

February 16, 2014
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For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

In “What is this “black” in black popular culture? (Rethinking Race),” the late, great cultural theorist Stuart Hall, poignantly asks, “What sort of moment is this?” I’ve wrestled with this question for at least a decade. Though Hall’s “moment” reflects a struggle over cultural hegemony – the need to make room in critical discourses...
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Posted in Black Women, Bodies, Criminal Justice, Feminism, masculinity, Politics, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Stereotypes, Television, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color, World, Youth | 8 Comments »

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