Call for Submissions: Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine

November 29, 2011
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Volume II: 2012, “Queer Interventions and Intersections” Journal Publication Date: April 15, 2012 Deadline for the submission of papers: January 1, 2012 Trans-Scripts – a new interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work for publication. The theme of the second volume will be “Queer Interventions and Intersections.” While some argue that the...
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Media, Sports and Black Queer Youth: Tayshana Murphy and the Dimming of Stars

November 28, 2011
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Media, Sports and Black Queer Youth: Tayshana Murphy and the Dimming of Stars

I didn’t know Tayshana Murphy was gay. I’m from Harlem, and I like to think I’m tapped into important conversations among New York’s LGBTQ people of color communities. I learned of 18-year-old Murphy’s murder early on September 11th  of this year—heard about it, in fact, from an auntie of mine before I heard it on the news. Both sources framed it as a modern-day Sophoclean-style tragedy, in which someone...
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Locating Paule Marshall

November 25, 2011
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Locating Paule Marshall

The first time I encountered Paule (silent ‘e’) Marshall, I was an undergraduate—a first-generation college student—at the University of Chicago. I was majoring in sociology and trying to figure out my place in the world of ideas. I vividly remember the frisson of excitement I felt when I pulled one of Marshall’s books off the shelf at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. My selection was The Chosen Place, The Timeless...
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Giving Thanks

November 24, 2011
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Giving Thanks

All of us at TFW wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! While you are enjoying your day with family and friends, we hope that you will take a moment to read just a few of our “notables” of which we are most thankful for this holiday season: 11 Months of feminist reporting since our founding 241 New feminist essays 20,000 Monthly readers 32 Pingbacks 7,918 Active Facebook users...
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It Matters what Team You Play For: Heteronormativity in Sports

November 23, 2011
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It Matters what Team You Play For: Heteronormativity in Sports

Oscar Wilde once described the game of Rugby as “a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city.” While Wilde may have been somewhat dismissive of a sport that requires considerable skill, courage, and physical fitness, he did point to the reputation, often deserved, that players and fans of the sport have. To those unfamiliar with rugby, I would say the nearest stateside equivalent...
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Penn State Evil

November 21, 2011
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Penn State Evil

By Charles E. Bowie As a former athlete and football player I struggled in coming to terms with what happened at Penn State.  The cult of masculine discourse surrounding football locker rooms and the structures of meaning associated with being “a man” blinded me to the possibility of Penn State.  So blinded by these meanings that my initial response was, this cannot be true.  I hope it is not true. ...
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On the Berkeley and Davis Protests

November 19, 2011
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On the Berkeley and Davis Protests

Back in February 2010, 11 Muslim students from UC Irvine and UC Riverside interrupted a speech given on the Irvine campus by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren to protest against that nation’s occupation of the Gaza strip. Although each protester only spoke for a few seconds, and although Oren’s speech was delayed by only a few minutes, the students were arrested and subjected to university sanctions. Afterwards, criminal charges were...
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The Straw: Activating Black Feminism in response to “Dead Men Walking”

November 18, 2011
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The Straw: Activating Black Feminism in response to “Dead Men Walking”

Black feminism lives as an abundant and hopeful critique of our everyday circumstances. Black feminism lives as a perpetual readiness to engage and instigate transformation grounded in a deep love for our people and all oppressed communities.  Jessica Solomon, of the groundbreaking, healing performance collective the Saartjie Project, faced a moment for a Black feminist response, when she encountered a disturbingly racist and dehumanizing exhibit at the Crime and Punishment...
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Un-occupy my/our Sexisms: In Solidarity with Tamura Lomax and all Women

November 16, 2011
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Un-occupy my/our Sexisms: In Solidarity with Tamura Lomax and all Women

Tamura Lomax has rightly called for an interrogation of (and action in response to) the sexist, misogynist, and violent resonances lurking within some iterations of the Occupy movement in her important piece, “Occupy Rape Culture.” Tamura is (damn) right when stating, “Rape and all other sexist and misogynist behavior occurring at Occupy events, must be called out and addressed.  Nothing short of Zero tolerance needs to be demanded, by...
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Introducing: Darnell L. Moore…

November 15, 2011
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Introducing: Darnell L. Moore…

TFW welcomes Darnell L. Moore to our Editorial Collective. Darnell L. Moore is a writer/poet and activist who lives in Bedstuy, Broooklyn, NY and hails from Camden, NJ. He is a 2011-2012 Visiting Scholar in the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU and a Fellow of the Global Justice Institute. His writings, which have been published in peer-reviewed and popular publications, focus on issues of race and sexuality.
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The Language of War

November 14, 2011
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The last few months have been received by most as a foreign policy boon for our fledgling sitting President. In a global climate dominated by a “war on terror,” ever-expanding and apparently without end, Mr. Obama has distinguished himself as a war president in troubled times. He presided over the tracking and killing of Osama Bin Laden; oversaw the country’s role in the NATO intervention in Libya that resulted...
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  • Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara Sanchez

    Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.

  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

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