J. Crew Is Into African Fashion Now?

July 7, 2014
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Bikini from J. Crew's Bantu African Swimwear Collection

To kickoff swimsuit season, J. Crew announced the launch of its Bantu African swimwear line. Perhaps best known for its summer in the Hamptons look, J. Crew has now joined the “African” fashion trend. In recent years, a number of other U.S.- and Europe-based companies have started mass-producing imitations of African textiles and silhouettes. Instead of simply pilfering prints, J. Crew has partnered with Bantu Wax, an African beach and...
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Girls On Top – Who Really Benefits from Sexuality, Identity and Branding in Pop Music?

July 4, 2014
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By Faye Lewis Let’s face it–analyzing issues of gender, beauty and sexuality in the music industry is exhausting. Arguing for women’s agency is important, but in the midst of the repackaged, camera-ready, post MTV world of ‘sex sells and you better get used to it, because it’s not going to change,’ it’s sometimes difficult not to start screaming “what’s the point?!” while desperately searching for the nearest window to...
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La Femenista Presence

July 3, 2014
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La Femenista Presence

By Cynthia Estremera In college I was surrounded by white feminists and white feminism. I was co-President of our feminist group “The Third Wave” and made waves as a Latina who embraced the principles of feminism bravely. Yet every day I was “segregated” from the Latino Student Organization, and at every event I fought to unite these groups as I aimed to unite these facets of myself. It hurt...
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Homeland Security Goes to School

July 2, 2014
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By Nicole Nguyen On a rather dreary day in April 2013, I found myself holed up inside of a cardboard box on a closet shelf some ten feet in the air. Gripping my blue training gun, I shifted my weight and listened to my heart beat faster in anticipation. Suddenly, a group of high school students busted through the police training house’s front door in search of me, a suspect...
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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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