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Yoruba Richen on Black and LGBT Communities

When issues of race and discrimination continue to pepper headlines the necessity of voices of reason become even more paramount. ...

Turkey flip-flops with LGBTQI population

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQ population. On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a LGBTQI pride march. ...

Using Girls to Get Your Attention on Misogyny

Nothing like pre-tweens dropping the F-bomb to get your attention.   ...

A Tribute to An Ally to Black LGBTQ Communities

Thomas Menino was inarguably one of the best mayors the city of Boston ever had. ...

Full Moon in Taurus: You Can’t Cheat Love

Since ancient times the symbol of the bull has been a prominent fixture in many traditions, cultures and religions. The bull evokes powerful associations with creativity and productivity. ...

Feminism, What is it Good For?

Prolific writer Roxane Gay, who in 2014 released the novel "An Untamed State" (Grove) and New York Times bestselling essay collection "Bad Feminist" (Harper Per.) is frustrated by not bein ...

Echoes of the AIDS Hysteria as We Battle Ebola

Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of  "Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS.” ...

Scorpio Solar Eclipse: Regenerative Journeys

We are taught to be afraid of the dark. We are taught to be afraid of difference. We are taught to be afraid of each other. We are taught to be afraid. Period. ...

Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde

Have you ever wondered what unseen photos, faux pas, untold stories, and unfinished works surviving partners of famous people are left with? ...

Is being "Black-ish" also being homophobic-ish

The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy "Black-ish" left its LGBTQ viewership "black and blue." ...

Malala's Dad Ziauddin Yousafzai

Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of the education activist Malala Yousafzai, gives a gripping TED talk about the ills of Patriarchal societies. ...

What It’s Like to Be a Woman Who’s 6’2”
The Cut
November 20, 2014

I've gotten more comfortable with myself — but not with the feelings my body seems to bring out in other women.

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Toni Morrison completely schools Stephen Colbert on the topic of racism
Salon.com
November 20, 2014

Morrison is absolutely brilliant in the interview -- and she takes credit for Obamacare VIDEO

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Netflix Postpones Bill Cosby’s Comedy Special
nytimes.com
November 19, 2014

In the latest fallout from the rape accusations involving Bill Cosby, Netflix has postponed a planned stand-up special by the comedian, and a lawyer for Mr. Cosby issued a denial of a new claim from a woman who said he raped her decades ago.

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Grand Theft Auto V - Reinforcing Violence Against Women
osmopolitan.com
November 19, 2014

Nobody is playing Grand Theft Auto to get a lesson in morality. And they can now play it to have highly realistic sex with prostitutes.

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Women’s Complicated Relationships to Beauty Standards
The Cut
November 19, 2014

We asked women on the street what they think their breasts look like. New York Women Draw Their Own Boobs

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Visions of Heaven and Earth in an Ancient Chinese Tomb
hyperallergic.com
November 19, 2014

Archaeologists have unsealed a 1,000-year-old brick tomb in northern China containing unusually well-preserved murals of heavenly and earthly scenes, Live Science has reported. These include drawings of the constellations, the occupant...

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Christie's Latest Blockbuster Edges Closer to the $1B Mark
BLOUIN ARTINFO
November 18, 2014

Christie’s again set a record for all auctions everywhere on Wednesday evening at its Rockefeller Center headquarters, taking in a mind-boggling $852,887,000 for 75 works.

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When Did the Art World Get So Conservative?
Vulture
November 17, 2014

When we’re treating works of art as ruthlessly and unsubtly as we would hate speech, is it political progress or aesthetic ignorance?

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Ronald Reagan's hip-hop nightmare: How an ugly cocaine controversy reignited 30 years later
Salon.com
November 17, 2014

The hip-hop community is convinced Reagan oversaw a vast trafficking network during the crack epidemic. Is it true?

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'Serial' and White Reporter Privilege
The Awl
November 17, 2014

To borrow a This American Life-ism: What happens when a white journalist stomps around in a cold case involving people from two distinctly separate immigrant communities? Does she get it right?

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How Museums Affect the Brain
hyperallergic.com/
November 17, 2014

It seems self-evident that architecture impacts our emotions. Medieval landowners constructed foreboding castles to strike fear in the heart of potential invaders; churches flooded their buildings with light to encourage heavenly thought. It may be partly for this reason that

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The Problem With Serial And The Model Minority Myth
buzzfeed.com
November 17, 2014

It needs a bad minority to balance the scales. Hello, Jay. (Spoilers for anyone who hasn't listened to Episode 8.)..

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Gay Men and Misogyny: Rose McGowan’s Half-Right
NY Mag
November 12, 2014

She said gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so.

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Can This Police Department Help End Campus Rape?
The Cut
November 12, 2014

“Perpetrators start out picking a victim a jury wouldn’t believe. It is premeditated,” Hull says. “It is a brilliant way to perpetrate crime, and it works, because we as a society have bought into [blaming the victim].”

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Slashed and Hidden from Sight: The Strange Power of Cursed Paintings
hyperallergic.com
November 12, 2014

Can a painting drive a person to madness? While there is no doubt staring at something like Goya's unnerving Black Paintings for hours might be destabilizing, the powers of derangement in art are mostly superstition. Yet at the University of London's Royal

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Victory For Transgender Activists Over Sharia Law
buzzfeed.com
November 12, 2014

"As long as section 66 is in force the appellants will continue to live in uncertainty, misery, and indignity. Therefore, section 66 is...

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Obama's call for an open Internet puts him at odds with regulators
The Washington Post
November 12, 2014

“What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby,” said the FCC chairman. We know that is not how the parable goes...

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The LGBT Kids Who Flee Their Countries And Their Families For The U.S
buzzfeed.com
November 11, 2014

Some of the thousands of Central American children trying to get to the United States are seeking a love and acceptance they can't get at...

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Wendy Davis lost big and took Texas Democrats with her.
slate
November 11, 2014

Last year, Texas state senator Wendy Davis was a rising star, both in Texas politics and in the Democratic party, after her awe-inspiring filibuster temporarily killed a draconian bill intended to shut down nearly all the abortion providers in the state.

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