Walking the Tightrope: Good Indian Girls, Race, and Bad Sexuality

May 24, 2013
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By Chaya Babu I was a few weeks into my freshman year at Duke when my sister, a senior at the time, said to me, “Indian girls who date black guys are sluts.” Just like that. We were sitting in her car in the circular driveway behind my dorm. The night was warm and wet in the late North Carolina summer. I had just told her about the budding...
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Are All the Women Still White? Kermit Gosnell, “Back Alley” Abortions, and the Politics of Motherhood

May 23, 2013
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By j.n. salters Last week, Kermit Gosnell—the African-American “late-term abortionist” who delivered live babies and then stuck scissors in the backs of their necks and “snipped” their spinal cords in his West Philadelphia “house of horrors”—was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in the deaths of three babies, the overdose death of a patient, and hundreds of abortion law violations. Stephen Massof, an unlicensed medical school graduate and former...
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Towards Community Wellness: Healing from Trauma through Yoga

May 22, 2013
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Towards Community Wellness: Healing from Trauma through Yoga

By Jardana Peacock Some stories you don’t want to tell. Some places you just don’t want to return to. But some stories destroy you unless they are shared. The story I have to tell is one of trauma, yoga, community organizing, de-colonizing wellness, and healing. This story begins in 2001, several months after I was hit by a car. I was alive, but felt like I was dead. In...
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An Open Letter to Facebook

May 21, 2013
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From Women, Action and Media May 21, 2013 An Open Letter to Facebook: We, the undersigned, are writing to demand swift, comprehensive and effective action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence on Facebook. Specifically, we call on you, Facebook, to take three actions: Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech and make a commitment that you will not tolerate this...
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To Our Sisters, Morehouse

May 21, 2013
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To Our Sisters, Morehouse

By Kalima DeSuze, Nicole Patin and Farah Tanis on behalf of the members of Black Women’s Blueprint To Our Sisters, To those who have survived sexual assault or any other form of violation along the continuum of categories of sexual violence reserved primarily for women, female body or not, we at Black Women’s Blueprint write you in solidarity, in support and in sisterhood. Many of us are survivors ourselves...
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Rhetoric We Don’t Believe In

May 21, 2013
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By Eddie Glaude, Lester Spence, Imani Perry, Josie Pickens, David Leonard, and Kiese Laymon We come together to share our various thoughts and reactions to the recent speeches from President Obama and the First Lady.  Each of us were disappointed and frustrated in the rhetoric delivered this past week, not only because of what was said but because of the impact of such words on day-to-day lives. ***** I...
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Book Review: Marci Blackman's "Tradition"

May 21, 2013
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By Quincy Scott Jones Town and Country: A Review of Marci Blackman’s Tradition (Water Street Press, 2013) In the most brilliant crimes stories, the detective must travel, and hence guide the audience, from more familiar settings to enter hidden and hostile communities.  Sherlock Holmes leaves the humdrum armchair to investigate the Red-Headed League.  Easy Rawlins leaves his middle class home to dig into the seedy streets of 1940s South Central L.A.  Even...
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Best Laid Plans

May 20, 2013
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By Dara Tafakari Mathis I am a punch line of a black woman and my pride is bruised. You will laugh later, I promise myself, but all I want to do right now is escape and cry. My six-month old baby gurgles at me, her two teeth poking from her gums like white square Chiclets. But she brings more heaviness than laughter today, of all days, when it would be...
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Op-Ed: Are Black People More Homophobic Than White People?

May 19, 2013
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By Sidney Fussell Simply put, no. Black people are not “more” homophobic than white people. That’s a myth. But here I want to unpack what purpose this myth serves for the status quo and how this myth distracts from white homophobia. White dominated LGBT organizations such as GLAAD, NOH8, and the It Gets Better campaign mobilize celebrity advocacy,  fundraise, and garner online support, their efforts consistently erase black support...
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The Universe Loves You!: Dear Universe: Letters of Affirmation and Empowerment for All of Us by Yolo Akili

May 18, 2013
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Did you know that my mom is a therapist?  She is!   And at it’s very best psychology is the science of learning how to love ourselves and each other better and better and better.  (And like most fields…at its worst it is basically the opposite of that.)  I have grown up hearing my mom use a scientific term called “operational practice” which, as I see it, means things that...
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Assata the Unflinching

May 17, 2013
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by Gregory L. Caldwell and Omar Ricks Dear President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, At the risk of running afoul of the PATRIOT act, we declare that we still love and respect Assata Shakur no matter what you say. Black people are in a new nadir, and Assata Shakur comes out of a tradition of committed revolutionaries who have resisted the forces that got us there. Assata...
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