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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: The Country Within

August 26, 2015
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By Sa Fa   “Middle Passage”   this is the middle. a place i prefer to call the middle rather than the end. even though, here, we are closer to the end than to the beginning. it is past the place where we have lost and where we have found. where we have shared some words and swallowed others. the place where the rains have come and gone and...
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Two Poems by Vicki Vargas

August 26, 2015
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By Vicki Vargas   Bottomless Mimosa   A stranger’s dog threshes against its chain until the weeping of metal-links distracts our waiter. I watch your broad hands grip the neck of the glass, and I am reminded of last night—how easy your fingers found my mouth in the dark, tasting of dish-soap, light blood from fresh split cuticles—drunk, I complained about my god-fearing mother who can drink the blood...
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August 20, 2015
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I feel chilly, so I grab my favorite green canvas jacket from the trunk and return to the warmth of my car in the parking lot of a minimum-security prison. Through my rearview mirror, I am watching for the return of a family member from his work crew assignment. The pickup trucks pull up and drop off men who have been out working all day for the state Department...
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Prose Poem: “To All the Boys Who Didn’t”

August 19, 2015
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By Kristin Sanders       Thank you to the man in Las Vegas who ripped my tampon out and went down on me anyway who waited who didn’t put it in me when I said no let’s wait till you come out to California since I was a virgin and of course he did not know that I was a virgin he said ok I will wait till...
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TFW Review: The Sisters Are Alright: Changing The Broken Narrative of Black Women In America

August 18, 2015
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TFW Review: The Sisters Are Alright: Changing The Broken Narrative of Black Women In America

In full disclosure, I’m one of the interviewees in Tamara Winfrey Harris’ debut, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing The Broken Narrative of Black Women In America. With that out the way…what can I say about this book? Plenty. First, Winfrey Harris admits her love and her book’s limitations upfront: even though she knows her interviewee pool is limited to mostly educated, middle-class Black women, she fully acknowledges that her...
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New Interdisciplinary Resource, Black Lives Matter, Introduces 6-12th Graders to Antiblack Violence in U.S. Law and Society

August 17, 2015
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By M. Shadee Malaklou When Ferguson police draped a white sheet over Michael Brown’s dead body, they forgot to cover his feet. For four hours, Brown remained like this—a spectacle of death, signaling to a black community of onlookers, as Sue Bradford Edwards, local Missouri journalist, and Dr. Duchess Harris, Professor of American Studies at Macalester College, recount in their new book, Black Lives Matter, “this could be you.”...
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Complexities and Messiness: How to be (and not be) an Ally – a Modest Proposal (Part II)

August 14, 2015
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BROADVIEW, IL - MAY 25:  An undocumented immigrant stands cuffed and shackled at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) processing facility before he and other undocumented immigrants were transported to the airport for a deportation flight May 25, 2010 in Broadview, Illinois.  The immigrants at the suburban Chicago facility were flown by charter flight to Harlingen, Texas where they were then bussed to Brownsville and finally walked to the Mexican border and released from custody. The U.S. deports over 350,000 immigrants a year for entering the country illegally, most are Mexican, and more than 90 percent are men.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By Carolyn Tyjewski The BlackLivesMatter movement was founded on the premise that we should centralize the most marginalized within the Black liberation movements of old. Specifically, the movement intends to center “Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.” I’d like to place emphasis here on race, gender and disability. As I stated in Part I, the...
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“Mixed” Existence: On Rachel Dolezal and Alleles

August 13, 2015
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By Daphne Taylor-García This article reflects on the colonial/racial divide, Rachel Dolezal’s proclamation, “I don’t give two shits what you guys think…I do consider myself black,” and the questioning, often hesitant identity claims of those thrown into the world as “mixed.” I spoke a West Indian patois. I don’t recall ever being taunted by anyone in my own neighborhood, but immediately upon leaving, I was challenged by people: “Why...
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Straight Outta Rape Culture

August 13, 2015
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When N.W.A.’s mega-hyped biopic Straight Outta Compton opens this Friday, the brutalized bodies of black women will be lost in the predictable stampede of media accolades.  While early reviews have lauded the “prescience” of the group’s fierce critique of anti-black state violence and criminalization—epitomized by its de facto theme song “F– Tha Police”—they fail to highlight how the group’s multi-million dollar empire was built on black women’s backs. Yet, as...
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Flash Fiction: “A Dog Is A Dog Is A Dog”

August 12, 2015
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By Arya F. Jenkins   Mornings, early, she rose with her dog, Moreno, who was, to put it mildly, the spitting image of her father, whom she had felt calling through her through the dog’s eyes, which were droopy, dark and searching as her father’s had been. It was because of this she had taken it upon herself to raise him, this third child that was to have been...
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Complexities and Messiness: How to be (and not be) an Ally – a Modest Proposal (Part I)

August 11, 2015
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By Carolyn Tyjewski I’ve been an activist for decades, and always intentionally (and sometimes not) at the intersections of communities that are fighting similar battles. Whether it was fighting the multiplicity of discriminatory processes of Ohio State University administration’s actions and policies or protesting in front of the Supreme Court steps, there was never just one message, one articulation, or one fight. There was instead, and always, many going on...
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