Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, and the Black Church's Sanctioning of Sexual Violence

June 10, 2011
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Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, and the Black Church's Sanctioning of Sexual Violence

In September 2010 Bishop Eddie Long, prominent Atlanta pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, was accused of sexual improprieties with four young men—Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson.  According to the suits, Long, an internationally known televangelist who had previously campaigned against gay and lesbian marriage, used his position, extravagant trips, including overseas, and lavish gifts such as housing, clothes, jewelry and cars, to coerce the...
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Music Spotlight: Diallo Hall Introduces Singer Liz Ogumbo

June 8, 2011
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Music Spotlight: Diallo Hall Introduces Singer Liz Ogumbo

By Diallo Hall Music has been central to the very existence of the Luo people of East Africa since the dawn of time. Their songs define the meter, tone, and rhythm for religious ceremonies, consoling the dispirited, or inspiring continued toil under the African sun. Today, Liz Ogumbo – the Kenyan-born songstress, fashionista, and model –passionately continues the Luo tradition of expressing life’s journey through music, but with jazzy...
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Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do?

June 6, 2011
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Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do?

By Monica J. Casper and William Paul Simmons On May 14th, a troubling incident occurred in an expensive hotel room in Manhattan. International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly assaulted a hotel maid, a 32-year old widowed single mother from Guinea who ran sobbing in terror from her attacker’s room. Strauss-Kahn, who is married and the father of four daughters, was charged with six offenses including criminal...
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Playing Games with Race

June 3, 2011
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Playing Games with Race

by Omar Ricks NOTE: This article expands on a comment on Prof. Hortense Spillers’ article Mama’s Baby, Papa’s, Too published on The Feminist Wire on February 25, 2011. Omar Ricks would like to thank Prof. Spillers for inviting his contribution to The Feminist Wire. At several places in the first article of her New York Times series, Race Remixed, concerning mostly young adult multiracial individuals, Susan Saulny has one...
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Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge

June 3, 2011
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Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge

We are I delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge, edited by our very own, Monica Casper, and Paisley Currah.  Be sure to tell your friends and get your copy!
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Compassionate Feminism

June 1, 2011
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Compassionate Feminism

A practice in compassion is, particularly for myself as a woman, an act of feminism.  If I turn my practice inward, if I look to act in ways that do not harm me (ahimsa in Sanskrit) then I am less likely to participate or condone actions rooted in greed.  I feel better.  As simple as that sounds.  But with this comfort comes less of the inclination to see discomfort...
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Featured Poet: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

June 1, 2011
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Featured Poet: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

The Body Deformed by Tidal Forces – Darkness still here, hunkered against the trees. / Spring so uneasy this year. / No matter morning’s boundary culling our bodies, / another romantic passage assaults us! / O limp future centered on this body! / In the model solar system, planets suspend & twirl / as if from a spider’s whirl. / The quantum in backpedal, in decline, spring so un-...
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Gender-Neutral or Wishful Thinking?

May 30, 2011
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Gender-Neutral or Wishful Thinking?

Can we raise gender-neutral children?  A Toronto couple is attempting to do just that. Kathy Witterick and David Stocker have decided to allow their third child, Storm, to decide which gender he or she identifies with.  This has caused some confusion.  It is a basic impulse for people to approach the parents of babies and ask “So, is it a boy or girl?”  It is very unusual for the...
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Who’s Afraid of Mildred Pierce?

May 27, 2011
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One of the central premises of Betty Friedan’s germinal text, The Feminine Mystique(1963), is that the robust effort to restore American women to their rightful “estate”—home and family—was mounted on the back of an unrelenting assault of propaganda: in the immediate post-war era, educators, including presidents of women’s colleges, the clinical establishment, including psychologists and experts on parenting, advertising agents and magazine editors all effected common cause in the...
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The Mildred Patricia Baena Story

May 25, 2011
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The Mildred Patricia Baena Story

By Allison McCarthy A sketch from Monday night’s episode of Lopez Tonight is grabbing entertainment headlines.  Comedian George Lopez claimed to have a world exclusive satellite interview with Mildred Patricia Baena, the 50-year old former housekeeper for Arnold Schwarzenegger and mother of the former California governor’s fifth child.  Baena has thus far declined to make a public statement concerning her relationship with Schwarzenegger or her sudden retirement in January...
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Artist Spotlight: Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi

May 25, 2011
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Artist Spotlight: Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi

Untitled 2011 Oil 20” by 20” La Mecedora #2 2009 Oil 40” by 40”   Ghana 2008 Mixed Media 35” by 48”   Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi is of Dominican and Argentine descent. Both a painter and writer, she graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Tech, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Figure Drawing and a minor in Creative Writing. Prior to graduating, she was...
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