Feminists We Love: Hawa Y. Mire and Luam Kidane of NSOROMMA

September 19, 2014
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When I asked Hawa and Luam who they were, Hawa said: “I’m a storyteller and organizer. My family moved from Somalia and I have grown up in Canada since I was young. Somalia has a rich tradition of oral poetry, entire histories are passed from elder to child in the form of rhythmic storytelling. Hooyo (my mother) told me and my five other siblings stories and Somali folk tales...
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Elementary Feminisms: A Call to Young Women

September 18, 2014
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By Shama Nathan Recently, I came across an old post that had quickly surfaced on Tumblr. The post was discussing the problem with teaching girls “how to avoid rape.” I decided to share this post with a male friend of mine, and his was response was, “If girls continue to dress a certain way, how can you blame a guy who can’t control himself?” Prior to this encounter, social...
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Back Up, Back Off, and Listen

September 18, 2014
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By Aaminah Shakur In the wake of a very public war in Ferguson, Missouri, following the murder by police of Michael Brown, the white power structure in our country is having a meltdown. I doubt many of us are especially surprised that our white colleagues, family, and friends are showing themselves overwhelmingly incapable of dealing with current events. Many people of color are putting in long hours attempting to...
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Two Poems by Tsitsi Jaji

September 17, 2014
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By Tsitsi Jaji   Pause. (For All the Madibas)*   There is a breath before the pendulum rends its center, A breath before what leapt comes back to its ground.     There, men and women in chains broke rock, forcing it to deliver         .                                        ...
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Personal is Political: An Open Letter to amerika

September 16, 2014
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When people say racism doesn’t exist, they are blinded. They are blinded by the privilege and high property value that their skin possesses; they are blinded by the whiteness that their skin caresses.
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Where are the White Feminists? MIA on Racist Misogynist Police Violence

September 16, 2014
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Where are the White Feminists? MIA on Racist Misogynist Police Violence

The Oklahoma NAACP recently called on the Department of Justice to investigate accused rapist and Oklahoma City Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw for federal hate crime violations against his black women victims.  On September 5th, Holtzclaw was released on bail after being charged with sixteen counts of rape, sexual assault, stalking and sodomy.  Judge Tim Henderson (who is running for reelection unopposed) reduced Holtzclaw’s bail from $5 million to $500,000...
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Op-Ed: Perspectives We Don’t Need and Those We Do

September 15, 2014
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By Mirabel Ash In popular discourse, we have come to recognize individuals from dominant groups who advocate for civil rights and liberties on behalf of “others.” Such individuals aim to foster an alliance with other racial groups to indicate a shared interest in social progression. Objectives of a racial alliance are to advance a conversation about structured overt racism in the face of denial, to inspire change, and to...
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#FergusonFridays: If it wasn’t for the women…[i]

September 12, 2014
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The reality is that the women and girls are the fabric of the community and hold all together. The women usually think and work for the whole, and daily confront death-dealing forces, internal and external, on behalf of the flourishing of the collective. As we know this radical politic isn’t televised or acknowledged, and most often erased, muted, or invisibilized. There is so much to unearth here when we...
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Feminists We Love: Toshi Reagon [VIDEO]

September 12, 2014
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In today’s Feminists We Love feature,  writer, performer and arts activist Toshi Reagon talks with TFW Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan about feminist lineages, the politics of creative work,  and the role of the artist in feminist thought and movement-building. Toshi Reagon is a multi-talented singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana, from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Step One: Show Skin, Step Two: Praise Talent: A Look at Scarlett Johansson and the Film Industry

September 12, 2014
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By Megan Felder I’ve always loved movies.  A lot.  Romantic comedy, sci-fi, superhero action  – you name it, I will watch it.  Perhaps that’s why I’m such a fan of Scarlett Johansson.  In her most recent movies, she plays a self-absorbed love interest (Don Jon), a creepy alien (Under the Skin), the voice of the not-too-distant-future OS (Her), and a kickass heroine (Captain America: The Winter Soldier).  And, on...
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The Limits of Speaking on Catastrophe: Confessions of a Palestinian Teacher

September 11, 2014
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By Diya Abdo I am a Professor of English at Guilford College. I am Chair of the English Department. I am a faculty member in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. I am also a Palestinian. More specifically, I am from Arab Al-Sawahreh. My tribe is so big that its name, The Sawahreh Arabs, appears as a location on some maps of Palestine (and there are many of...
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