Between Love and Duty

April 25, 2011
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Between Love and Duty

By Rachel Broadwater On March 10, 2011 activist Quannell X spearheaded a rally in connection to the brutal gang rape of an 11-year-old Latina girl that occurred over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2010.  The attack tore apart the predominantly African American community of Cleveland, Texas.  Most in attendance at the rally were solidly working class and the expressions across the crowd captured by the Houston news channel Fox 26...
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“Love that Girl” but Hate “those” Boys?

April 22, 2011
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“Love that Girl” but Hate “those” Boys?

By Ulli K. Ryder “Love that Girl” is a new show on TVOne, starring Tatyana Ali who is best known for her role as Ashley on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Actor Phil Morris appears as the father. Both Morris and Ali have been nominated for NAACP Image awards based on “Love that Girl.” The show is written and directed by Bentley Kyle Evans, whose previous work includes “Martin”...
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An Endorsement Against Church Bigotry and The Injustice of ¶ 304.3

April 20, 2011
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What better time to stand in solidarity with those called to religious institutions, yet marginalized due to structural bigotry, than what is interpreted by many as Holy Week?  Please see the press release below. The Editors ————————————————————————————————– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2011 EVANSTON, IL Unprecedented Endorsement by African American UMC Scholars and Clergy Urging Ordination of Homosexual Clergy Media Contact: Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey (773) 641-4992 pamelalightsey@comcast.net ————————————————————————————————–...
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Artist Spotlight: Larissa Mogano, Photographer

April 20, 2011
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Artist Spotlight:  Larissa Mogano, Photographer

Photography by Larissa Mogano “Morning Mist on Eucalyptus” c. 2009, taken in San Diego, CA (location undisclosed), with Canon digital EOS Rebel XTi “Checkered Past” c. 2009, taken at Girard College, with Canon digital EOS Rebel XTi “Cole St.” c. 1996 (approx.), looking at Cole St. from Golden Gate Park, shot with Ektachrome slide reversal film on Canon FT 35mm camera body and lens ————————————————————————————————– Larissa Mogano is a...
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Shayne Lee, Your Revolution Will Not Happen Between These Thighs: An Open Letter

April 19, 2011
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Since writing my review of Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture, entitled “Erotic or Thanatic?: Black Feminist Criticism on the Ropes,” originally written for Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, with SUNY Press, I have been nothing short of bullied, harassed, shamed and threatened by the author of the book, Shayne Lee, a tenured professor at Tulane University.  While I will not waste time here (or...
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Erotic or Thanatic?: Black Feminist Criticism on the Ropes

April 19, 2011
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Erotic or Thanatic?: Black Feminist Criticism on the Ropes

Reprinted from Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, with SUNY Press. Update: Final copy now available in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International: Liberations Across Boundaries, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2012. _________________________________________________________________ Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture. By Shayne Lee. Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2010. 145 pages   Upon my first reading of Shayne Lee’s Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women,...
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Faux Feminist Men and Other Figments (Real and Imagined)

April 18, 2011
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Faux Feminist Men and Other Figments (Real and Imagined)

Last spring, I offered a “Feminist Theory” course, and a startling thing happened. More men signed up for the class than women. When I saw the class roll, I was boggled and, truth be told, terrified. Was this a delightfully uncanny scenario, or was something more sinister going on? Had male students organized to undermine the teaching of feminist theory? It’s true. I turned to conspiracy theories because my...
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On a Blues Woman’s Birthday

April 15, 2011
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On a Blues Woman’s Birthday

Today is singer Bessie Smith’s 117th birthday. While the particular milestone is not the most significant, the woman it relates to is. “The Empress of the Blues” (1894-1937) wrote and performed songs, and lived a life that challenged the dominant image of black femininity in the early twentieth century; an image that largely relegated African American women to the margins of social and political life. When the majority of...
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Reproductive Tourism

April 13, 2011
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A recent article in the New York Times describes the discovery of birth houses in San Gabriel, California, where “relatively wealthy” Chinese women were stealthily coming to deliver their babies in a well-equipped facility with nursing care. The headline, “Arriving as Pregnant Tourists, Leaving with American Babies,” with its subtle innuendo, speaks to the nefarious purpose of such births: to create automatic American citizens. The text, with its reference...
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Featured Poet: Destiny O. Birdsong

April 12, 2011
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Featured Poet:  Destiny O. Birdsong

Prenuptial Agreement Everyone’s angry at me—even your mother, And no one understands why it’s necessary If we’re going to stand before God and say forever— Or perhaps I want to draw up new vows too…? I still want forever. I’d like to think it’s possible, But people break their own rules every day. No matter what, I vow to leave quietly, Taking only what I’m owed, what we’ve agreed...
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Speaking Truth to Power: “You Are What You Eat”

April 11, 2011
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Speaking Truth to Power: “You Are What You Eat”

By Ashante Reese The buzz surrounding the name of the recently-opened Fat Ho Burgers in Waco has spread beyond the small town in central Texas.  As Tamura Lomax suggested in her article on the The Feminist Wire, much of it focuses on the owner, Lakita Evans, a 23-year-old black woman who gave up nearly everything to open this restaurant. While I like to see stories about people prospering, the attention...
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