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August 24, 2011
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Visit to the Androcologist The office is spacious, airy and full of plants and sunlight, yet it has the subtle aroma of a medical office, and its usual underlying vibration of controlled stress.  On the walls are half a dozen posters of young, healthy-looking men; some hold babies.  All have long hair, all wear make-up and all are clean-shaven, including their arms and legs.  The poster headlines read: “Your...
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Help for "The Help"

August 22, 2011
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Help for "The Help"

By Gwendoline Y. Fortune, Ed. D. Within twenty-four hours, friends sent three critical reviews of “The Help,” a film that is garnering high praise, boosting sales for the book from which it was adapted, and blasting the box office. I am very happy that this film that I will not pay to view, as I would not buy and read the novel, is receiving a particular kind of scrutiny. I...
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From the Editors on "The Help"

August 19, 2011
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We have been overwhelmed and overjoyed by our readers’ response to Duchess Harris’s article on the novel, The Help. We deeply appreciate the unprecedented number of comments that we have received at TFW as a result and hope that such an outpouring will translate into many new friendships and heightened vigilance concerning not only race matters in the United States, but also the range of urgencies that touch on...
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Second (and Third, and Fourth…) Helpings: A Big Black Woman’s Thoughts on "The Help"

August 19, 2011
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Second (and Third, and Fourth…) Helpings: A Big Black Woman’s Thoughts on "The Help"

By Mecca Jamilah Sullivan Until more recently than I’d like to admit, I constructed my identity in direct opposition to the image of the Mammy. As a big black girl who loved to smile, I insisted on playing the father, the neighbor, the gardener—anything but the mother—in games of house. When bandanas were fly in high school, I made sure to rock mine in outlandish neon greens, underscored by...
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Featured Artist: J'Nell Jordan, Painter

August 17, 2011
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Featured Artist:  J'Nell Jordan, Painter

She Just Wanna Dance Oil and acrylic on masonite board Dimensions: 24″ x 36″ Sky High Daze Oil and acrylic on masonite board Dimensions: 24″ x 24″  Green Medium: Oil and Acrylic on masonite board Dimensions: 16” x 20” J’Nell Jordan was born in 1987 and was in raised Northern Virginia. She attended Adelphi University in New York on a visual arts talent scholarship and received her Bachelor of...
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Beyond The Sacrificial Good Woman: Black Feminism and Freethought

August 15, 2011
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Beyond The Sacrificial Good Woman: Black Feminism and Freethought

By Sikivu Hutchinson In the 1997 film The Apostle, Robert Duvall plays a white Southern Christian fundamentalist preacher and murderer on the lam and seeking redemption.  The film is literally cluttered with images of devout blacks—from black women swaying in the breeze at a big tent church revival to a particularly indelible church scene of dozens of black men chanting “Jesus” in rapturous response to Duvall’s pulpit-pounding call.  I...
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Kathryn Stockett Is Not My Sister and I Am Not Her Help

August 12, 2011
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Kathryn Stockett Is Not My Sister and I Am Not Her Help

By Duchess Harris, PhD, JD. I did not attend Wednesday’s movie release of “The Help” from DreamWorks Pictures, based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett.  Why, you ask? Because I read the book. Last week New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni saw an advance screening of the movie and referred to it as  “…a story of female grit and solidarity — of strength through...
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A View from London

August 10, 2011
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A View from London

At the time of writing, the protests that began two nights ago in the North London neighborhood of Tottenham have developed into full-blown riots in other neighborhoods across the city, including Enfield, Hackney, Brixton, Lewisham, Ealing, Clapham, Peckham, Camden, Woolwich, Bromley, Croydon (5 miles from my current location), as well as the cities of Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham, hundreds of miles away. Police have been employed, civilians attacked, businesses...
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Resurrecting the Great Mother

August 8, 2011
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Resurrecting the Great Mother

By Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW “I found god in myself and I loved her /I loved her fiercely.” - Ntozake Shange We come into this world yearning to connect with the mother. Psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung conveyed that this innate need for mothering is archetypal, meaning that it reflects a universal symbolic pattern inherent in both the individual and collective unconscious. This universal need was collectively expressed in ancient matriarchal...
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Talking Vaginas and Football Heroes: Gender, Race and Advertising

August 5, 2011
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Talking Vaginas and Football Heroes: Gender, Race and Advertising

Summer’s Eve has pulled its controversial “Hail to the V” ads amidst enormous criticism from feminists, bloggers, YouTube watchers and…well, just about everybody. Thank goodness because there is nothing more disgusting than a talking vagina. Think about it. No one needs to see that.  Except the people at Summer’s Eve who seemed to think talking vaginas were a great marketing ploy. At least Schick Quattro Trim Style commercials use...
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“Feministing” Bernini: What Italian Art Taught Me

August 3, 2011
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“Feministing” Bernini: What Italian Art Taught Me

By Keri Day How might art both reflect complex social realities and inspire social realities to be more radically inclusive and complimentary of human flourishing? This quintessential feminist question emerged for me when I took a trip to Rome, Italy, a couple of weeks ago.  Upon my arrival to Rome, I was immediately struck by the stunning and dramatic architecture that is a hallmark of the city’s unique aesthetics. ...
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