Conversation Piece: Queer Fashion on Campus

January 9, 2013
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Conversation Piece: Queer Fashion on Campus

During the 2012 presidential election, there was much conversation among journalists, bloggers, and activists about the innovative ways students were using social media to mobilize for candidates supporting LGBT rights and other progressive issues. But, LGBT students—particularly LGBT students of color—were not only using these platforms to fight for legislative changes. They were also using the digital world to engaged in forms of embodied activism. Through tumblr, YouTube, Instagram,...
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E(race)sure, Queerness, and Civil Rights in the South: The Undocubus and the Legacy of Bayard Rustin

January 8, 2013
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E(race)sure, Queerness, and Civil Rights in the South: The Undocubus and the Legacy of Bayard Rustin

By Brittany D. Chávez As a queer woman of color artist-scholar-activist living in the U.S. South, I am deeply invested in historical legacies of queer people, people of color, and undocumented immigrants in their/our struggles for civil rights. I was incredibly inspired by the Undocubus riders and their “No Papers, No Fear Ride for Justice” that traversed the South in the summer of 2012, ostensibly following the legacy of...
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Exhuming the Ratchet before it’s Buried

January 7, 2013
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Recently, social media was set ablaze after Oxygen revealed it was developing a reality TV show featuring rapper Shawty Lo (real name Carlos Walker) entitled, All My Babies’ Mamas.  Yup, all 11 of them.  Or is it 10?  In any case, if you were able to watch the preview before it was removed from the web, you noticed that these women seem to be continuously struggling with each other...
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Rape, American Style

January 4, 2013
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Rape, American Style

By Sikivu Hutchinson On Violent Silence: When I was five years old I was sexually assaulted by neighbors.  Ours was a tranquil post-white flight neighborhood of single family homes, obsessively tended lawns and keeping-up-with-the-Joneses home improvement. It was the mid-seventies; before black women’s experiences with rape had come into broader public consciousness through works like The Color Purple and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  The term sexual assault...
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Shades of Darkness

January 4, 2013
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Shades of Darkness

In this globalizing world made possible largely through the social media, it is not difficult to follow what is happening in any part of the world, especially India. Yes, Delhi, and other parts of India to a lesser degree, has been consumed by the brutal rape/death of a 23-year old woman. What is not surprising is that rape continues to be a manifestation of a misogynist culture (we can...
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Cheryl Clarke: Selected Poems

January 3, 2013
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Cheryl Clarke: Selected Poems

one million black women and no mention of HIV/AIDS?   Black Men (always in progress)   living as a lesbian on 49’s final eve   __________________________________ Since 2009, Cheryl Clarke has been the Dean of Students for Livingston Campus. Prior to this position, Dean Clarke was the Director of the Office of Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities since 1992 and had specific responsibility for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,...
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TFW: The Year in Review

January 1, 2013
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TFW: The Year in Review

With the intertwined mission of fostering feminist, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist perspectives, 2012 gave our contributors no shortage of topics about which to write. We saw a resurgence of public misogyny and racism; an ugly right-wing attack on women’s reproductive autonomy; horrific violence against women and girls; continued U.S. militarization; the deaths of too many Black and brown men, women, and children; a continuing economic crisis and the looming “fiscal...
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Django Unchained: A Critical Conversation Between Two Friends

December 31, 2012
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Django Unchained:  A Critical Conversation Between Two Friends

By David J. Leonard and Tamura A. Lomax There have been so many great discussions on Django Unchained, so many thoughtful and engaging articles, and even more critical engagements within social media.  We’ve seen everything from harsh critiques to high praise, and of course everything else in between.  The analyses, conversations and comments have all been challenging.  Rather than write a review per se, we thought we’d have a public...
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Elite Women Won’t Help Us All Have it All

December 28, 2012
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Elite Women Won’t Help Us All Have it All

By Nikol Alexander-Floyd, Michele Tracy Berger, and Julia Jordan-Zachery Anne-Marie Slaughter is right! Women can’t have it all, particularly not if our hope for having it all is vested in elite (white) women, and our definition of having it all is limited to climbing corporate and government ladders, while raising our own families. In her article, “Women Still Can’t Have It All,” (Atlantic Monthly) Anne-Marie Slaughter deeply questions a...
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In Defense of Pole Dancing

December 26, 2012
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In Defense of Pole Dancing

By Kira Jane Admitting to it causes the first onset of swine flu-like symptoms: the beads of sweat, searchlight eyeballs, shivers to rival a damp chihuahua.  But my words slither out in an Edith Piaf vibrato, courtesy of the jittery nerves. “I’m a dancer.” The response is predictable.  The Interrogator lowers their peepers for a rapid full body scan, computing to see if I fit the description.  In response,...
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Gratefulness

December 24, 2012
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Gratefulness

The holiday season is not just about gifts and Santa Claus, it’s about being grateful for what you have and recognizing the people who are not as fortunate as some of us. These people include immigrants, the poor, and the wealthy (who sometimes aren’t as nice as others). I am grateful for many things such as a good education, my family, and my safety. I feel deeply sorry for...
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