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Sacrifice, Religion and Exclusion: On Parade in Little Saigon

February 25, 2013
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Sacrifice, Religion and Exclusion: On Parade in Little Saigon

By: Duane Bidwell In 1954, the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision made it clear that “separate” is not “equal” when it comes to the practice of the common good in the United States.  Maybe it’s time to remind those who plan the annual Tet parade in Little Saigon. A few...
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Reflections on an Integrated Coffee Table: Recalling One Reader of Ebony Magazine

February 4, 2013
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Reflections on an Integrated Coffee Table: Recalling One Reader of Ebony Magazine

By Deborah A. Smith This is the story of a White subscriber to Ebony and some reflections on that reader’s personal path of activism. The subscriber in this story is my late mother, Jane McGuire Smith, born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1919. Her father was a civil engineer and a somewhat spoiled, only child. Her...
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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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Posted in Black Women, Culture, Entertainment, Family, Religion, Television, U.S. | 20 Comments »

Census Bureau Rethinks Ways To Measure Race

January 2, 2013
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Possible revisions to how the decennial census asks questions about race and ethnicity have raised concerns among some groups that any changes could reduce their population count and thus weaken their electoral clout. The Census Bureau is considering numerous changes to the 2020 survey in an effort to improve the responses of minorities and...
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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...
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Breaking News: President Obama has been re-elected!

November 6, 2012
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Breaking News:  President Obama has been re-elected!

And we continue the work of justice… The Feminist Wire Collective  
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On The Morning of the Election (Or, "Your Abstention Will Not Protect You: Voting and Radical Black Feminist Politics")

November 6, 2012
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On The Morning of the Election (Or, "Your Abstention Will Not Protect You: Voting and Radical Black Feminist Politics")

By C. Riley Snorton and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan Today marks the conclusion of the voting period, which will settle numerous electoral decisions, including various seats in the Congress, local and state referenda, and most notably, the Presidential seat. Yesterday, we read a number of eloquent arguments about why some people are choosing to abstain...
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The Spectator Sport of Bashing Black Women

October 19, 2012
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The Spectator Sport of Bashing Black Women

By Sikivu Hutchinson In the 1990s, The O.J. Simpson murder trial polarized America and highlighted domestic violence as a national cause célèbre.  At the center of the storm was Simpson’s wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, a blond, Orange County-bred woman who’d suffered years of domestic abuse by NFL legend O.J. Simpson, deified as a pop culture god.  After Simpson...
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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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Sisters of the “Yogic” Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery

October 16, 2012
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Sisters of the “Yogic” Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery

By Sariane Leigh A 20-something skinny blond leading a yoga class gazed at me with a condescending smirk. I am doing my best to hold my fiercest pose: the warrior two. I imagine myself as a strong Ashanti warrior princess with a spear in one hand and my prized game in the other hand....
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    Paws   In sixth grade, I started to envy certain girls’ hands. Not always manicured, but always neat. Fingers thin and smooth. These hands gently freed sheets of paper from their metal spirals and lifted loops of hair to more beautiful perches. Lunch trays floated inside their gentle grip while [...]

  • 3 Poems by Holly Mitchell holly

    Slipping Under   Like a ghost, I prepare a bath behind a door   that hasn’t locked long as I remember.   When my mother or grandmother knocks at the open door,   I obscure what they call my “new breasts” under the soap water   and focus on the [...]

  • Excerpts from Damnation by Janice Lee janice

    CONFESSION Sometimes one willingly enters a dark and empty space, the creaking of the loose boards below, the phantom moonlight above. · I had a dream that I was carrying a wounded deer in my arms. He lay there limp, depending on me completely and solely for the permission to [...]