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Louisiana Anti-Choice Advocates, Lawmakers Exploit ‘Black Genocide’ Myth

State lawmakers and anti-choice activists alike have been working to restrict access to abortion services in Louisiana.

State lawmakers and anti-choice activists alike have been working to restrict access to abortion services in Louisiana, employing rhetoric and tactics that are seen by some community leaders as exploiting racial fears in Black communities.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Racism and Sexism in Science

Responding to the question “Why aren’t there more women in science,” Neil deGrasse Tyson points out that he’s never been a woman, but he does know what it’s like to pursue a career in a field that defied the expectations of society. “Before we start talking about genetic differences, you’ve got to come up with a system that is equal opportunity. Then we can have that conversation,” he said.

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Standing Our Ground: Reproductive Justice for Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander

The over-policing and over-criminalization of pregnant women and mothers is becoming a major issue in this country, and the safety of mothers is at stake.

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Tennessee’s Pregnancy Criminalization Law Will Hit Black Women the Hardest

Texas' penal code explicitly exempts pregnant individuals from being punished for harming their own fetuses. But that hasn't stopped prosecutors from charging them with "reckless child endangerment" for using drugs while pregnant.

SB 1391 may not target Black women specifically, but history tells us that laws that do not specifically target people of color nevertheless tend to disparately affect people of color.

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Banning ‘Bossy’ Won’t Help Black Women and Girls Seeking Justice

For many Black women, being called "bossy" and being bossy have the potential to save and change our lives, as we saw in the recent events surrounding CeCe McDonald (above) and Marissa Alexander.

Sheryl Sandberg and others want to see us ban the word “bossy” when talking about girls. But for many Black women, being called “bossy” and being bossy have the potential to save and change our lives.

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Love Thy Self Fiercely: How Self-Love Makes for Better Health Care

Self-love can help build the confidence that I and other Black women need when facing a medical industry that often doesn’t understand us.

Self-love can help build the confidence that I and other Black women need when facing a medical industry that often doesn’t understand us.

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o Gives Inspiring Speech on the Intersection of Race and Beauty

Lupita Nyong’o, an actress who recently won an Oscar for her supporting role as “Patsey” in 12 Years a Slave, spoke about the intersection of race and beauty at Essence‘s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on February 27. As Lily Rothman notes in TIME, “it’s worth noting that Nyong’o’s story about Alek Wek is a reminder of one important consequence of a lack of diversity in Hollywood and in the fashion world …Though diversity studies tend to concentrate on numbers and percentages, personal anecdotes like the one Nyong’o related remind us that it does matter to viewers that they see themselves represented in the media.”

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Black Women Are an Electoral Voting Force. Recognize.

As a matter of movement-building, the repeated refusal to recognize Black women for the electoral force that we are leaves us feeling disconnected. National organizations rely on us to deliver reproductive rights victories, but rarely give us credit for doing so.

As a matter of movement-building, the repeated refusal to recognize Black women for the electoral force that we are leaves us feeling disconnected. National organizations rely on us to deliver reproductive rights victories, but rarely give us credit for doing so.

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Chronic Pain, and the Denial of Care for Black Women

Expedited partner therapy is now legal in Washington, D.C., thanks to the passage of Bill 20-343. It's a progressive step for a medical practice whose day is long overdue.

As long as stereotypes and racism get in the way of diagnosis and treatment, young women and women of color will continue to receive substandard care.

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Not a ‘Black Problem': Actor Jesse Williams on the ‘Indifference of Black Life’

In an interview with Jane Velez-Mitchell of HLN, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams weighs in on the importance of the Michael Dunn trial. Williams explains how the “fantasy of what the Black body does and can do has become more important than the reality,” and that Black people are paying for it with their lives.

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