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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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It’s Time to Rethink Black History Month

Rosa Parks (above on right) did not simply sit on a bus, she also fought long and hard against a rape culture that left the sexual assault of young black women around the country.

What is often lost in Black History Month are the contributions of Black women and the present-day concerns of all Black people in the United States.

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Dylan Byers and the Scourge of Privileged Defensiveness

People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

Byers’ response to Ta-Nehisi Coates calling Melissa Harris-Perry “America’s foremost public intellectual” illustrates an important problem: People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

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On Medicaid, Shame, and Not Being Silent

Shame is a powerful cultural and political tool that has been used to keep people from accessing the resources they need.

Shame is a powerful cultural and political tool that has been used to keep people from accessing the resources they need. Shame has kept my name anonymous in this article, but it will not stop me from accessing health care, telling this story, or encouraging others to do the same.

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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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Michelle Obama’s Garden Is Political

First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed in the White House vegetable garden.

People who think food is apolitical don’t know much about food, just like people who think taking care of kids isn’t important don’t know much about kids. Devaluing either isn’t just ignorant, it’s dismissive of the women who take on these essential roles to life and society.

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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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