Sex, Parenting, and Feminism

July 25, 2011
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Sex, Parenting, and Feminism

A few days ago, my partner Bill walked into our older daughter’s room, where the clunky desktop Mac is located, and to his shock and chagrin found our younger daughter viewing porn on the Internet. Apparently, our bright, tech-savvy child had googled the term “sex” and navigated her way to a screen filled with thumbnail images of naked women in various suggestive poses. When Bill “caught” her looking, she...
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On Her Birthday: Ida B. Wells

July 22, 2011
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On Her Birthday: Ida B. Wells

Last Saturday marked Ida B. Wells’ 149th birthday. On July 16, 1862, a few months before the Emancipation Proclamation and three years before the Thirteenth Amendment, the journalist, editor, anti-lynching campaigner, suffragist and feminist was born in Mississippi. The timing is important because of where it places Wells in the traditions of anti-racist and feminist activism. Although periodizing these struggles is never easy, the fact that Wells was too...
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"Honored to Be One of His Intellectual Offspring": My Tribute to Dr. Manning Marable

July 20, 2011
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"Honored to Be One of His Intellectual Offspring": My Tribute to Dr. Manning Marable

By Zaheer Ali On Thursday, May 26, 2011, Columbia University hosted a public celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Manning Marable. My complete remarks* follow: The last conversation I had with Dr. Marable was on the 3rd of March at the book signing for Beyond Boundaries, the recently published anthology of his writings edited by my colleague, Russell Rickford. As I walked into the room and our eyes met, he...
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Poet Spotlight: Rickey Laurentiis

July 19, 2011
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Poet Spotlight: Rickey Laurentiis

Mood for Love ____________NEW ORLEANS, LA ____________AUGUST, 2005   ______1. (There I go.)  I am the man / stepping up to the water. I am not / the man I leave behind, / his arms snapped before him (at me)— / taut as when a whip means giddyap, move. Yes, my knees are trembling, like water remembering. I suffer, I am that man ready to quit. Should I turn...
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Still Colored: Education, Evolution and the NAACP

July 18, 2011
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Still Colored: Education, Evolution and the NAACP

Principle inspired by Pandwe Gibson en cuba when asked about the challenge a godless country he said education is our religion home in the precinct of schoolchildren diagrammed into budgets beds and bullets she remembered she prayed ******** A question.  What will it take for the people of the United States to be honest about the function and operation of education in this country?  Last month, the National Association...
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The Pink Days: Living Happily Ever After the New York State Gay Marriage Bill?

July 14, 2011
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The Pink Days: Living Happily Ever After the New York State Gay Marriage Bill?

By Darnell L. Moore Soon are the days when progressives (and, neoconservatives alike) will deploy the Empire State’s Marriage Equality Act as a case for New York’s movement in the direction of social democratic ideals.  Many will contend that the state of New York serves as the nation’s laudable example of “fairness,” “equity,” “justice,” and—dare I say—“human rights” as they relate to LGBTQ constituents. The Marriage Equality Act will...
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Food is a Feminist Issue

July 12, 2011
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Food is a Feminist Issue

Recently the United States Department of Agriculture announced that new public health campaigns would abandon the food pyramid. The USDA food guide pyramid was originally introduced as a public health initiative in 1992. The “Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta Group” formed the base with 6-11 servings recommended daily, while “Fats, Oils, and Sweets” formed the apex. Printed next to the latter category were the instructions “Use Sparingly.” Given the subsequent...
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Writer Spotlight: Nafissa Thompson-Spires

July 12, 2011
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Writer Spotlight: Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Food-Related Flashes I have reached a lifetime low.  In this very moment, I sit perched on the edge of a bathroom counter with no soap, eating cookies that do not taste good.  Each time I swallow a bite, the chocolate chips scratch my throat.  It hurts because I have been crying. I don’t know how I got here.  I mean, I know how I got here, to this party...
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Two Exhibits, One Film, and the Pleasures of Gertrude Stein

July 10, 2011
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Two Exhibits, One Film, and the Pleasures of Gertrude Stein

By Sharon J. Kirsch When Gertrude Stein comes to the United States, she does so in a big way. In 1934, Stein, who had spent 30 years in France, finally returned to the States as an international celebrity. The prodigious success of the accessible and witty The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, cunningly written in the voice of her companion-lover, charmed readers with stories of her friendships with Picasso,...
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Queering Democracy and Christianity

July 7, 2011
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Queering Democracy and Christianity

By Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou A few years ago, I interviewed to serve as the Senior Minister of a church in the Bronx. I was excited about serving as a pastor in the poorest congressional district in the country, plus the “Boogie Down” is the birth place of Hip Hop. Surrounded by the thick cloud of pollution that is the air and decaying housing while being serenaded by blaring...
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Strauss-Kahn, Domestic Immigrants and Money, Power, Respect

July 5, 2011
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Strauss-Kahn, Domestic Immigrants and Money, Power, Respect

See I believe in money, power and respect.  First you get the money.  Then you get the motherf–kin’ power.  And after you get the f–kin’ power.  You get the f–kin’ ni–az to respect you. It’s the key to life.  ~Lil’ Kim In 1998 when Lil’ Kim penned these lyrics in the Hip Hop anthem, “Money, Power, Respect,” she was likely drawing upon her early years as a struggling teen...
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