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Emmett Till painting raises concerns of cultural appropriation

When artist Dana Schutz presented “Open Casket,” an abstract painting of Emmett Till’s open casket-the Chicagoan 14 year old African American male teen lynched in the Mississippi Delta in the summe ...

An Unwelcoming Competition Between Black Brits and African Americans On Screen

There are differences within diversity.This issue scratches below the superficial veneer of diversity and is an eerie reminder of how minority groups are often pitted against one another. ...

Colleen Wing Gives Voice to Your Inner Feminist in Marvel's Comic

Watching Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing in NetFilx upcoming Iron Fist series, so satisfies one's inner feminist urge to butt kick the prevailing forces of misogynistic patriarchy. ...

Velvetpark's Official 25 Queer Women of 2016

We would be remiss not to acknowledge that 2016 has been a deeply tumultuous year for many obvious social and political reasons. ...

Laughing to keep from crying in “The Scottsboro Boys”

Broadway legends John Kander and Fred Ebb’s production of “The Scottsboro Boys” is here’s now in Beantown. ...

You Don’t Own Her

When I first heard Grace Sewell on an episode of NCIS: New Orleans I was hooked instantly. ...

Word*Rock*Sword: A Festival Exploration of Women's Lives 2016

I woke this morning still laughing over the comedy of Karen Williams—the hilarious MC that ripped through hundreds of on-looking women inside (le) Poisson Rouge, Satu ...

Museum Hack, A More Than Entertaining Blitz Through Art History

In line with their tag line “Museum Tours for People who don’t like Museums," Museum Hack is a fun and absolutely worthwhile ride though ...

What Happened at the Black Lesbian Conference?

Due to high turnout and limited space the Barnard hosted, Black Lesbian Conference 2016, sold out within weeks of its announcement, leaving many unable to attend. ...

Laughing At The Absurdities of Black Homophobia

For many LGBTQs across the nation-especially those of us of African descent-we have been breathlessly waiting for Robert O’Hara’s “BootyCandy” to come to our cities. ...
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