November 02, 2016
I’ll be honest. When I first heard about Gretchen Steidle, founder of Global Grassroots, coming to give the 2nd annual Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship for the Women’s Center… I was skeptical. I am often skeptical of people who seek to aid people in foreign countries-- that they know next to nothing about-- when there are many people right here in America needing help. I saw the pictures of her surrounded by black women and children, and I was a little...
October 19, 2016
Sometimes I feel as though I need to start referring to myself as a “blackwoman,” one word, so people will stop trying to separate those two parts of my identity. This is a sentiment that has been heavy on my mind these past few months since news of Nate Parker’s old rape case came into the forefront. It was upsetting to see another black male creative, who is making supposedly important media for black people, have a history of mistreating women. The news...
September 20, 2016
Two years after standing in front of a bold background that proudly proclaimed the word FEMINIST, Beyoncé yet again used her platform at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) as an opportunity to make a statement. When she arrived on the red carpet with the “Mothers of the Movement” (that is, Lezley McSpadden, Gwen Carr, Wanda Johnson and Sybrina Fulton, mothers of black people who have been killed at the hands of law enforcement or vigilante justice), it was clear that she “did not come to play.”
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