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Ani DiFranco’s Epic Fail: Reflections on Nottoway Plantation

America's history of racialized slavery distilled the essence of patriarchy, and formed the roots of American rape culture. So why do famous white feminists fail to get it?

America’s history of racialized slavery distilled the essence of patriarchy, and formed the roots of American rape culture. So why do famous white feminists fail to get it?

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Jon Stewart Comments on Santa Claus’ Race

Last week, Fox News claimed that Santa Claus is white. This is Jon Stewart’s response to that claim.

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A Hauntingly Beautiful Flashmob Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Watch the Soweto Gospel Choir sing an incredible tribute to Madiba (Nelson Mandela) in Woolworth’s retail store in South Africa. On Saturday, December 7, Woolworth’s had planned a performance at its Parkview store in Pretoria to support the store’s “Operation Smile” Christmas campaign. The Soweto Gospel Choir planned a rendition of James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” But, after Madiba’s passing, the choir decided on a tribute instead. They chose Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga.

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An Extremely Good Response to ‘Reverse Racism’

Comedian Aamer Rahman gives a very clear response to those who try to claim that “reverse racism” is the same thing as racism—or even a real thing at all.

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Of #FastTailedGirls and Freedom

A tweet from the author as part of the #FastTailedGirls conversation on Twitter, which was started by Hood Feminism.

Like a lot of others, I was a “fast-tailed girl” before I really understood what those words meant.

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For Black Women, Everything Is a Feminist Issue

There have been many articles decrying Michelle Obama's "un-feminist" choices.

There have been many articles decrying Michelle Obama’s “un-feminist” choices. What these criticisms fail to acknowledge is that for women who are not single and childless/childfree, feminist choices often include a focus on their families and communities. This is particularly true of Black feminists.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Black Unwed Mothers: A Q&A With Tanya Fields of the BLK Projek

Fields drew attention during a recent live-streamed conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, when she asked about the tearing down of Black unmarried mothers by other Black women.

Fields drew attention during a recent live-streamed conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, when she asked about the tearing down of Black unmarried mothers by other Black women. RH Reality Check spoke with her about being a woman of color leader, stereotypes placed on Black unmarried mothers, and more.

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Is There No Room for Black Women in the Rape and Alcohol Debate?

The New York Times' October 23 Room for Debate feature on college women, alcohol, and sexual assault.

Media is powerful. It tells us which voices (and bodies) are valued by society. By paying attention to all types of sexual assault survivors, we not only are sending a message to survivors that we believe they matter—we are also telling rapists that they will not get away with assault just by choosing a victim of a certain race.

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Where Is the Million Hoodie March for Renisha McBride?

There must be justice for Renisha McBride, for her family, and for her community.

McBride was killed in a manner more appropriate for a rabid animal trespassing on someone’s property than a human being with a full cadre of rights. Where is her mass protest?

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A True Ally Rejects Racial Hierarchy, and Other Tips From Feminists of Color

Feminism needs to center the experiences of all women of color in the movement. As a starting point, here are some suggestions from several smart women.

Feminism needs to center the experiences of all women of color in the movement. As a starting point, here are some suggestions from several smart women.

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