Why Ava Duvernay’s AFFRM and Lifetime’s Broad Focus Initiatives Are Vital for Film and TV

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By Asha Daya for Girl Talk HQ, cross-posted with permission When you look at any study or statistic showing the amount of females and minorities (or lack thereof) behind the scenes in film and TV industries, it's easy to lose hope and feel like equality is a loooong way off. In a sense, yes it is, especially when the percentage … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Say Farewell to Welfare Stigma

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By Tasha Sanders I'm pacing outside a government assistance office, deciding whether or not to go inside. The harsh stereotypes attached to someone on welfare are humiliating, but with a child to support, I don't have a choice. After a few minutes, I go inside. I can't afford not to. I have lived most of my adult life, up … [Read more...]

Women’s Health Month: 10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

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By Sarah Landrum May is National Women's Health Month, but while we'll pay extra mind in these 31 days, women can prioritize their physical and mental health every day throughout the year. While today's culture places a huge emphasis on physical health, it often neglects to give mental health the attention it deserves, or places … [Read more...]

Forging a Way for Feminism in Film

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By Megan Graham Keeping issues like feminism neatly contained to the theoretical or academic world makes it easier for those who don’t care about the cause, or who don’t want such bothersome terms weighing down their worldview. But no matter which side of the fence you’re on, it’s very likely you consume TV and film — our … [Read more...]

10 Things All White Folks Need to Consider About the #BaltimoreUprising

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By Jamie Utt for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission As I reflect upon the most recent Baltimore Uprising taking place in the wider movement for racial justice in the United States, I can’t help but be simultaneously frustrated and inspired by the White people in my life. I’m inspired by White friends and mentors … [Read more...]

Excellence As a Survival Strategy for Black Women in Academia

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By Dellea K. Copeland for Conditionally Accepted, cross-posted with permission I am a 22-year-old queer womyn of color, first-generation college graduate, first generation American. I wear my afro like it's 1969. I speak openly about patriarchy and racism. On my desk, you will find an American flag that says "Black Lives … [Read more...]

The Perils of Dating on OkCupid While Black

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By Vanessa Willoughby for Literally Darling, cross-posted with permission Everyone seems to have a convenient solution for single people who have fallen into a monumental dating slump: Look for love online! In the age of instant gratification and lightning-speed technology, the 21st century meet-cute is about as romantic as … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Raise White Children to be Anti-racist Allies

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by Dr. Rebecca Hains; cross-posted with permission In recent [months], the nation has been riveted and repulsed by the grand juries’ decisions to indict neither Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, nor New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. In the ensuing … [Read more...]

Sit Down. We’re Gonna Talk About Periods.

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By Allison Epstein It's a scientific fact: Our culture gets weird about bodily fluids. I mean, everybody pees, and yet someone's programmed an entire website to show people the least awkward way to do it in public. But when you take a look at the intersection of biological discharge and gender, stuff starts to get real tricky, … [Read more...]

Not Good Enough: Diversity and the Arts

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By Alex Chisholm for Exeunt Magazine, cross-posted with permission So I said I would write something about "diversity." It is a topic I'm interested in, connected to in various ways. In particular, at the moment I am dramaturg on a production of Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni, produced by Tiata Fahodzi, West Yorkshire Playhouse … [Read more...]