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It’s Bigger Than Jamal Bryant…

June 6, 2014
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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...
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Posted in Black Girls, Black Women, Bodies, Feminism, LGBTQI, masculinity, Patriarchy, Popular Culture, Racism, Religion, Sexism, Stereotypes | 4 Comments »

Poetry By Jaclyn Weber

May 30, 2014
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  The Walking Dead   Girl in my history class totally started looking like a zombie from The Walking Dead.                 Maybe I’m watching too much Walking Dead…   She’s shake, shake, shaking those rotten corpse legs in off-brand Ugg’s in ripped up faded jeans blue. In...
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

May 1, 2014
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

By Minna Salami  On April 14, over two hundred girls aged twelve to seventeen were kidnapped from their school hostel in Borno, a Nigerian state that has become notorious for fundamentalism and terror. As I write this, the whereabouts of the girls remain unknown. Nor has Boko Haram, the key terror group in Nigeria, issued...
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Posted in Activism, Black Women, Bodies, Ethnicity, Family, Feminism, Military, Patriarchy, Politics, Religion, Sexism, Violence, Women of Color, World, Youth | 8 Comments »

I’m Not Judi Dench. So Why the Hell Would I Forgive?

April 24, 2014
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By Aine Greaney Once, on an expatriate trip back to my native Ireland, I took my mug of tea to the big kitchen window of our family home. My late-mother came to stand at my elbow. As I stood staring at our village street, Mam updated me on each neighborhood move and change:  Richard,...
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Posted in Criminal Justice, Culture, Entertainment, Film, Popular Culture, Religion, Sexism, Violence, World | 20 Comments »

Mumia on Religion, Empire, and Gender

January 27, 2014
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By Mark Lewis Taylor While Mumia endured 50 days in solitary confinement, transiting from 29 years on death row to the general prison population in 2012, I spoke with him by phone. He was persevering, but somewhat weaker of voice than in previous phone visits. Life in solitary, he wrote, could be worse than death...
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Open Letter to Presiding Bishop-Elect Joseph W. Walker III and the “By Invitation Only” Attendees of the Inaugural Meeting of the SHIFT

December 13, 2013
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Religion is a site of both freedom and oppression. The Black Church in particular, is a significant source of meaning making and marginalization in the lives of women and LGBTQI people of color. Though the Black Church is historically a site of community, culture and “home” for socio-economically marginalized people, leadership within the Black...
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Segregated Sisterhoods and the Mercurial Politics of Racial Truth-Telling

October 24, 2013
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Segregated Sisterhoods and the Mercurial Politics of Racial Truth-Telling

By Shannen Dee Williams “Young lady, you just told my story. In 1952, I was denied admission to the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Buffalo, New York solely on the basis of race. I was one of the broken hearts that you mentioned.” Those were the first words spoken to me by...
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Posted in Activism, Black Women, History, Privilege, Racism, Religion, White Women | 10 Comments »

Feminists We Love: Layli Maparyan

September 6, 2013
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Layli Maparyan is the Katherine Stone Kaufmann ’67 Executive Director of The Wellesley Centers for Women, one of the nation’s leading organizations committed to research and action programs dedicated to women and girls. Regarding her appointment, Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly stated, I am so pleased that Dr. Maparyan will join Wellesley in this...
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White People Talking to White People about Social Justice: Why “Book of Mormon” Just May Be Doing Something Right

August 7, 2013
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By Sayantani DasGupta Like Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s other collaboration, television’s Southpark, Broadway’s Book of Mormon is crass, potty-mouthed, and frequently offensive. But among all the things it does ‘wrong’ — it actually may be doing something right. I know, I know. As a progressive woman of color, I should probably be horrified by the show....
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The Downfalls of Feminism and Why I Am Still a Feminist

July 8, 2013
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By Eren Cervantes-Altamirano I knew I was a feminist when I was in the third grade. Then, I was an aspiring class president in a classroom of 50 students where the majority were women. My opponent was a boy. While I knew I had the best qualities to be class president, I was soon discouraged...
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