2 poems by DarkMatter

April 15, 2015
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the bible belt by Alok Vaid-Menon i am back in my hometown when i receive the news that Leelah, a 17 year old trans woman in ohio, committed suicide by walking in front of a truck. the article refers to her by her birth name and gender and i remember that “rest in peace” is a luxury only afforded to bodies whose violence ends with death. i am sitting in...
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Profiting from Rape: Sexual Violence and the Capitalist State

April 9, 2015
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By Kelly Rose Pflug-Back Rape culture. Although a somewhat new term, it unveils a truth which countless women and girls have known on both an intellectual and a visceral level since the advent of patriarchy: that sexualized violence and the objectification of female bodies underpins the fabric of mainstream society. Rape, when it comes down to it, is normal. Society often feels neutral towards its perpetrators (provided that they are...
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Photography Feature: On Beauty and Age

April 8, 2015
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By Sheri Wright What is aged or overlooked can often be a source of beauty, if approached from a different perspective, one from a desire to find stories. I seek out visual tales that lay hidden among rust, abandoned places and the unique. I feel that characters develop only through weathering, that the patina of rust emotes stories and that textures are like words on the page we can feel...
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TFW’s Co-Founder Tamura A. Lomax Invited to The Harvard Kennedy School

April 6, 2015
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The Feminist Wire‘s own Tamura A. Lomax, co-founder, will be participating in the 11th Annual Black Policy Conference at The Harvard Kennedy School this week. She will be moderating a panel on race, police militarization, and accountability. If you are in the area, please come out.
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Can the Somali Speak?: Open Letter to Dr. Markus Hoehne and the Somaliland Journal of African Studies

April 6, 2015
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It is with grave concern that we, the undersigned Somali academics, researchers, students, writers, activists, community members and our non-Somali academic and activist allies, write to you today. We are deeply troubled by the extraordinary omission of Somali academics and researchers from the board of editors, international advisory board, and published authors of the newly launched academic journal Somaliland Journal of African Studies (SJAS). We are further disturbed by...
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An Open Letter to Trans Communities and our Co-Conspirators

April 3, 2015
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    In the wake of this year’s Trans100 event, we write this letter with grave concern for the current state of the trans movement, with the intention to address issues that hinder its progress and growth. The Trans100, to quote co-founder Jen Richards, “is an intentionally curated list of out trans people who are working on trans issues in the United States and having a positive impact.” Often...
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Mumia Abu Jamal Needs Your Support

April 3, 2015
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Mumia Abu-Jamal is a journalist and former Black Panther who was convicted and sentenced to death in July 1982 for the alleged murder of a police officer. Activists, celebrities, and political organizations criticized the lack of fairness of his trial, widely considered a frame up. In 2011, Mumia was finally taken off death row after 30 years though he is still incarcerated for life without parole despite being recognized...
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Two Poems: Monica Wendel

April 1, 2015
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By Monica Wendel   Gilgo Beach   We were so sick from dope my mom had to fly from New York to take care of us in the hotel   one woman was my friend, Shane but the other women had been murdered out on Long Island by some John   years ago   so how could they be here if they were dead   when we got more...
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TFW’s Aishah Shahidah Simmons Receives Sterling Brown Professorship at Williams College

March 31, 2015
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TFW Associate Editor Aishah Shahidah Simmons was invited to be the Sterling Brown Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College during the spring semester of the 2015-16 academic year by Professor James Manigault-Bryant, Associate Professor of African Studies and Chair of Africana Studies.
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TFW’s Heidi R. Lewis to Speak at Purdue

March 30, 2015
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TFW Associate Editor Heidi R. Lewis will be speaking at her doctoral alma mater, Purdue University, on a panel entitled "Champions OUT Loud" during the "Championing Equality: LGBTQ Athletes & Allies" event today at 6 pm in Fowler Hall.
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TFW salutes Collective Member Aimee Meredith Cox on the publication of her new book: Shapeshifters

March 27, 2015
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“In Shapeshifters Aimee Meredith Cox explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves. Based on eight years of fieldwork at the Fresh Start shelter, Cox shows how the shelter’s residents—who range in age from fifteen to twenty-two—employ strategic methods she characterizes as choreography to disrupt...
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