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Blonde Success: Fact or Myth?

September 11, 2013
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By Ravon Ruffin and James “JP” Miller Do gentlemen really prefer blondes or has a history of fetishization of “the blonde” by media made it more ideal? Hollywood built a stereotype of beauty surrounding blonde appeal. Aspiring white female actresses found ready made access to hollywood by abiding to this Eurocentric standard, and a legacy...
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Posted in Black Women, College Feminisms, Culture, Entertainment, Film, History, Politics, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Style, Television, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color, World | 2 Comments »

Why The Concept Of 'Modesty' Disgusts Me

May 15, 2013
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By Mohadesa Najumi When I think about what modesty means in today’s political, cultural and religious environment, I am inclined to believe that the concept itself does not involve choice, or any dimension of freedom or independent thought.  Rather, modesty constitutes a dictatorial concept forced upon women whether they agree with it or not....
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Untangling the Knots: Understanding the Hair Politics of Black Women (Revisited)

April 9, 2013
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Untangling the Knots: Understanding the Hair Politics of Black Women (Revisited)

By Mazuba Haanyama My central aim involves the politics of bodily performance, in negotiation with shifting realities of a post-Apartheid context, where constructions of gender, race and class are both mobile and stagnant… This project critically engages the role of popular culture in influencing youth cultures. In a context such as South Africa, such...
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Feminists We Love: Joan Morgan (Video)

March 22, 2013
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Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist, author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice. Morgan’s passion and commitment to the accurate documentation of hip-hop culture combined with adept cultural criticism placed her at the forefront of music journalism. She was one...
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Drowning in Wool

March 15, 2013
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By Zach Stafford In high school, I was obsessed with planning what I was going to wear to school every day. The nights before classes I would spend hours upon hours sorting through clothes, losing myself in the depths of my closet. I would stage at least three different options on my bedroom floor,...
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A Black Crip’s Perspective on Fashion and Embodied Resistance

February 26, 2013
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A Black Crip’s Perspective on Fashion and Embodied Resistance

My mentor Darnell L. Moore’s recent piece, Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool” jolted my consciousness about the ways in which our aesthetic, as bodies transgressing societal norms, can be a site of empowerment. Several years ago, I made a conscious decision to dress to the nines every time...
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Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool”

February 20, 2013
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Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool”

Enter Scene: I am walking in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn—where we do more than die, by the way—rocking a close fade with two parts on the side, a full beard and mustache lined up perfectly, eyes protected by a pair of fresh chocolate browline frames (I was two blocks from Malcolm X boulevard, after all). I...
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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...
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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 »

My Hair: Threat to National Security

October 18, 2012
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My Hair: Threat to National Security

By Ashanté Reese The first time a TSA agent probed my hair I was flying from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. sometime in November 2011. My sister-friend-stylist Shana had hooked me up with a fresh “do” and I was heading back to my regular life in D.C. I stepped through the body scanner, and an agent stopped...
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