Tales from the Kraka Tower

July 1, 2014
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Tales from the Kraka Tower

By Aphrodite Kocięda and Kyle Romano Tales from the Kraka Tower is a grassroots web-series that satirizes “diversity” in academia. What makes our series different from others is that we are all actually graduate students, not professional actors. The series was born out of our complete frustration with the academy, and the ways in which it refuses to accommodate certain bodies in spaces that claim to be progressive and diverse. With...
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A Statement on the Hobby Lobby Ruling

June 30, 2014
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A Statement on the Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Feminist Wire finds the Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby to be a gross violation of women’s fundamental freedoms. SCOTUS has determined, in a narrow majority of 5-4, that a corporation has greater legal rights than women. In doing so, it has overlooked scientific misconceptions of the Hobby Lobby family – including the false belief that contraception is abortion. On the heels of the Court’s buffer...
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In Solidarity with Egyptian Feminists

June 26, 2014
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On Saturday (June 21, 2014), Yara Sallam, featured in TFW last year as a Feminist We Love, was arrested by Egyptian authorities while participating in a peaceful demonstration calling for the repeal of the Protest and Public Assembly Law (Law 107), which gives officials the discretion to ban any protest without justification. The law also allows police officers to forcibly disperse any protest, and sets heavy prison sentences for peaceful protest and expression. Yara was arrested along with six...
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The White Family: A Case for National Action

June 16, 2014
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The White Family: A Case for National Action

In the recent swirl of epic violence, mayhem and gun-besotted hysteria that has become the lifeblood of corporate media, no one is asking about the problem of white families. In 1965, then Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan published a landmark study on the “problem” of the black family. It was the year of the Watts Rebellion and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, two events that...
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It’s Bigger Than Jamal Bryant…

June 6, 2014
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It’s Bigger Than Jamal Bryant…

We interrupt our summer break to bring you this article, in light of recent events within black religion and black popular culture. This is not breaking news. However, in view of the interview that I did on Huff Post Live yesterday, I thought an expansion of context was immediately necessary. Recently, in a sermon to his predominantly black congregation, pastor Jamal H. Bryant appropriated troubled singer Chris Brown’s song, Loyal. To be sure,...
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The Feminist Wire’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest

June 2, 2014
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The Feminist Wire’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest

Submissions are now open for The Feminist Wire’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Evie Shockley. The winner will receive publication in The Feminist Wire and $200. The 1st runner up will receive publication in The Feminist Wire and $100. All submissions will be judged anonymously and considered for future publication in TFW. Additionally, we are excited to announce that Kore Press will publish the winning poem or poems in the form...
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200 Black Men Ask POTUS: What About Our Sisters?

May 30, 2014
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Today, the White House released a report that was spearheaded by an interagency task force organized to advise President Obama on the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) policy initiative. Announcing the Initiative in February, Mr. Obama expressed hope that, “By focusing on the critical challenges, risk factors, and opportunities for boys and young men of color at key life stages, we can improve their long-term outcomes and ability to contribute to the...
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Kara Walker and the Sweet Taste of Gentrification

May 30, 2014
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New York City is always changing.  New York neighborhoods, too.  It is not a new story: an underserved neighborhood draws (with inexpensive rent) artists, young people, strivers.  This migration drives a rich arts scene. And, art sells. Many of these NYC neighborhoods were vibrant communities for people of color before the (mostly white) artists arrived.  But with the white folks comes perceived (white) safety.  Then comes the real money, the...
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Dancing While Black

May 30, 2014
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My friend read the letters DWB on my computer screen, assumed they were the acronym for “driving while black” and wondered what racial profiling had to do with the corresponding photos of black women caught in mid-motion, arms extended, faces to the sky. I told her that DWB is Paloma McGregor’s latest initiative and creative brain (and body) child: Dancing While Black. Paloma, formerly a dancer with Urban Bush...
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Dismantle: Let Me Break It Down

May 29, 2014
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Dismantle: Let Me Break It Down

A Review of Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop ed. Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela (Philadelphia: Thread Makes Blanket Press 2014) The first anthology of creative writing by students and faculty of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation is called Dismantle.   Following in the tradition of the Cave Canem poetry foundation and the Kundiman collective, a set of voices of writers of color who have shared workshop space, if not...
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Why Women Will Lead the Way on Gun Reform

May 29, 2014
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Memorial to Isla Vista Shooting Victims (Photo Credit: CNN)

By Hollye Dexter What woke me that summer morning in 1978 was the screaming. I didn’t know it was my mother’s voice. I’d never heard a sound like that come out of her. I ran into the living room to find my seven-year-old brother Christopher covered in blood. He had just been shot in the head by a neighborhood kid playing with his dad’s gun. Christopher was in the...
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