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A Black Feminist Comment on The Sisterhood, The Black Church, Ratchetness and Geist

January 28, 2013
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A Black Feminist Comment on The Sisterhood, The Black Church, Ratchetness and Geist

There’s been much talk about TLC’s new show The Sisterhood, a reality show about the lives and struggles of Ivy Couch, Domonique Scott, Christina Murray, DeLana Rutherford, and Tara Lewis, five pastor’s wives in the Atlanta area.  While some critics are threatening to boycott the show, and others are framing it as evidence of black preachers losing their way (which I guess...
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Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware

January 23, 2013
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Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware

Emblematic of a generation of men and women in the South that challenged their parents’ generation’s views on race, jobs, gender, sexuality, and a broader sense of the world, Anne Braden did more than look backwards.  She, like Bayard Rustin, was a woman “ahead of her times, yet the times didn’t know it.”  Anne...
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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...
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Posted in Academia, Black Women, Culture, Economy, Education, Entertainment, Family, Health, History, Politics, Region, Religion, Sexuality, Sports, Style, Television, U.S., Violence, World | 8 Comments »

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...
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Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

December 18, 2012
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Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

By Tavia Nyong’o With all the rock dinosaurs that thundered the Madison Square Garden dome during Wednesday’s 12-12-12 benefit concert, a viewer might have missed that the event also meant to showcase the resilient ordinary people of the greater New York and New Jersey area whose lives were upended by Hurricane Sandy. As with...
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Not the Belle of the Ball: Bernice, An Unconventional Girl About Town in Jennifer Lopez’s "South Beach Tow"

November 20, 2012
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Not the Belle of the Ball: Bernice, An Unconventional Girl About Town in Jennifer Lopez’s "South Beach Tow"

By Lillie Anne Brown It was, at first, a voyeuristic peek during an untailored pass-by, a fleeting look here, a backward glance there, one foot past and two steps removed. Sustained viewership of such a show surely wouldn’t bode well—privately or publicly—for a lettered sister, I theorized. Eventually, however, South Beach Tow, the Jennifer...
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A Feminist Review of Hotel Transylvania

October 19, 2012
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Hotel Transylvania is an animated movie about a hotel for monsters. The film starts by following the lives of two main characters, Mavis and her father, Dracula. In the movie we (the audience) get to experience Mavis’s 118th birthday. All of the monsters come to the hotel for protection and to see Mavis. Count...
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Sisters in Cinema: Where are the Black Women Film Directors?

July 30, 2012
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Sisters in Cinema: Where are the Black Women Film Directors?

By Evette Dionne Last week, the Twitterverse was gifted a priceless nugget when film director Ava DuVernay and her guild, AFFRM, released the trailer for her anticipated movie, Middle of Nowhere. The acclaimed project, which highlights the women and families that mass incarceration leaves behind, earned DuVernay the coveted Sundance Film Festival award for...
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"Shooting For My Own Hand”: A Review of Brave

July 21, 2012
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"Shooting For My Own Hand”: A Review of Brave

By Willa Kirsch-Stancliff and Mason Casper-Milam Merida is the main character in the new Disney Pixar movie Brave.  She is a strong-willed female lead and an amazing archer. However, as good as these traits may sound for that time period, girls and women could not fight and did not have much choice in family...
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Spinning on Blackness: Wading through the Contradictions of Frank’s Ocean

July 18, 2012
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Spinning on Blackness: Wading through the Contradictions of Frank’s Ocean

By Nicholas Brady Those African persons in “Middle Passage” were literally suspended in the “oceanic”… these captive persons, without names that their captors would recognize, were in movement across the Atlantic, but they were also nowhere at all. Inasmuch as, on any given day, we might imagine, the captive personality did not know where...
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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Kate Rushin: I see the whole thing played out. I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped. My story is reduced to filler buried in the back of the paper, on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
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    M. Nzadi Keita: what you remember/ starts with a smile/ a raw edge/ a single snip/ from the someone dead

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
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    Alice Lovelace: Toni Cade made an art of living/ Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved/ Toni listened and we were validated/ She is the breast that fed our union/ Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment.

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