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Five Questions: Daphne Willis

With both Chicago and Texas in her bones — and music in her blood — Daphne Willis was destined to become a singer/songwriter. ...

Desecrating Maya Angelou’s Funeral

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, was planning to protest the “home-going” service of our nation’s most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil rights ...

Hurray For the Riff Raff

Queer country music has been percolating for some time now. ...

June 2014 Horoscope

This is one of our last chances to look backward before moving forward into an entirely new life... ...

Memorial Day: More Than BBQ and Blackout Cakes

I am going to be truthful about my thoughts of Memorial Day. When I was younger it was a day that kicked off the Summer. ...

Looking Back at Marriage Equality in Massachusetts

Marriage Equality in Massachusetts hits its 10 year mark on May 17th. With this 10th Anniversary I'm proud of the indefatigable energy and genius that made it possible. ...

Frieze Art Fair 2014 Randalls Island

The Frieze Art Fair has become New York's (most) favorite art fair, edging out the older Armory Show. ...

Heather Reid, Cross Words

Heather Reid got her musical start as the other half (along side Leisha Hailey) of the duo the Murmurs. ...

Military Ban on Nappy Hair

African American female servicemembers comprise the highest percentage of women in the military.  And with these sister servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their white, ...

Are You Still a Slave, A Discussion At the Bell Hooks Residency

"Are You Still a Slave?" was the discussion during the week-long Bell Hooks Residency at the New School, paneled by Bell Hooks, trans-activist Janet Mock, author Marci Blackman, and filmmaker ...

The Charmed Jill Sobule

Singer songwriter Jill Sobule is back after five years, since her last release, with "Dottie's Charms." This is an album for the literati or should I say by the literati. ...

Little White Lie, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz, a story about embracing her racial identity.
theroot.com
March 27, 2015

Lacey Schwartz grew up as a white, Jewish girl in the predominantly white community of Woodstock, N.Y., raised by Peggy and Robert Schwartz. But what she didn’t know at the time was that her biological father was black.

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Edmonia Mary Lewis: One of the Most Brilliant Sculptors of Her Time
The Root
March 27, 2015

A tiny woman, Edmonia Lewis built inspiring and relevant sculptures, some of which still live in the Smithsonian.

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How Silicon Valley Can Change Its Culture to Attract More Women
The New Yorker
March 27, 2015

Silicon Valley executives, universities, and female scientists and engineers are searching for ways to bring more women into the high-tech industry.

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Woody Allen is a genius. Woody Allen is a predator
Salon.com
March 27, 2015

I love "Manhattan" even though it makes me queasy. Hemingway's new memoir forces me to confront my blind spot

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Michelle Obama Used to Curse A Lot, Dated Patti LaBelle's Son
jezebel.com
March 26, 2015

Another reason we all feel that deep and inexorable pull towards our #1 lady: she had a potty mouth when she was younger. FLOTUS reveals the fact in a biography slated for release on April 7.

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My Medical Choice, ANGELINA JOLIE
nytimes.com
March 24, 2015

My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

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Quick Hit: Is medicine's gender bias killing young women?
Feministing
March 24, 2015

A recent qualitative study out of the Yale School of Public Health suggests that younger women who have heart attacks may hesitate to seek care for fear of being considered hypochondriacs, contributing to the mortality gap between men and women ...

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Miss Universe Japan Facing Backlash Because She's Biracial
The Root
March 24, 2015

Ariana Miyamoto recently broke barriers in Japan by becoming the first biracial woman to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant. Miyamoto, whose mother is Japanese and father is black, ...

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Starbucks Campaign Already Inspiring Awkward Conversations About Race
Code Switch : NPR
March 19, 2015

Video blogger and DJ Jay Smooth was on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about Starbucks' #RaceTogether campaign, which has already birthed a very public, cringeworthy conversation about race.

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Rise of the Gender Novel
thewalrus.ca
March 19, 2015

Too often, trans characters are written as tortured heroes. We’re more complex than that

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How Well Do You Know "The L Word" Theme Song
buzzfeed.com
March 19, 2015

This is the way that we live...

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Egyptian Woman Dresses As A Man For 43 Years To Support Her Family
Egyptian Streets
March 19, 2015

Sisa Abu Daooh, a 64-year-old woman dressed as a man while polishing shoes in Luxor. Credit: Al-Arabiya Sisa Abu Daooh was just 21 and pregnant with a girl

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Lighten Up, Racism of Shifting Skin Tones
The Nib — Medium
March 19, 2015

A cartoonist reflects on the subtle racism of shifting skin tones in a Marvel comic

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Portraits of Powerful Women on the Streets of Senegal
hyperallergic
March 13, 2015

French street artist YZ has begun a striking new series of portraits in Senegal. The project title, Amazone, refers to the Dahomey Amazons, a group of Fon female warriors who fought for the Kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Republic of Benin) from the 17th

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Secret Service Agents Drove into Possible Bomb
NYMag
March 13, 2015

A suspicious package was nearly run over.

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Crying for Ana Mendieta at the Carl Andre Retrospective
hyperallergic.com
March 10, 2015

I didn’t think I would be able to cry on command. When my good friend, the poet and performance artist Jennifer Tamayo, invited me to an event called “CRYING; A PROTEST” at Dia: Beacon’s Carl Andre retrospective in honor of

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17 Things We Know About Forgiveness
Science of Us
March 10, 2015

What the data show about how we reconcile and where we draw the line.

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Bank of Canada Asks Citizens to Stop "Spocking" Money
hyperallergic
March 6, 2015

Canadians have been mourning the death of Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy by transforming $5 notes into portraits of Spock — or "spocking" them. The practice of giving poor, old Wilfrid Laurier — who served as prime minister from 1896 to 1911

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FDNY swears in first woman, openly lesbian chaplain; appoints her to Brooklyn EMS station
NY Daily News
March 5, 2015

The Fire Department opened a new EMS station in Brooklyn on Tuesday — and knocked down an old taboo.

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