Monthly Archives: August 2011

Quick Hit: six years later, New Orleans still doesn’t have functional levees

TweetAccording to Nola.com: A new Army Corps of Engineers rating system for the nation’s levees is about to deliver a near-failing grade to New Orleans area dikes, despite the internationally acclaimed $10 billion effort to rebuild the system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, corps officials have confirmed. Preliminary rankings obtained by The Times-Picayune show [...]
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D.C. activists fight back against violence targeting trans women

TweetAnother hate crime against trans women in the D.C. area, this one by an off-duty police officer no less, sheds a glaring flood light on the work ahead in challenging gender-based violence. Last week, the off-duty District police officer allegedly fired a pistol at three transgender women and two male friends while the group was [...]
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Happy birthday Vanessa!

Tweet Once I get started counting the ways Vanessa Valenti rocks life, it’s hard for me to curb my heartsplodin’ love and admiration. First and foremost, she’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever encountered. She is the friend (or sister…or auntie…) that so many people call on–always ready with a listening ear, loyal without [...]
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The implications of Bey’s baby bump

Tweet That’s right y’all–Beyonce and Jay Z are having a baby. My first thought, upon hearing the news, is that this kid is going to be a) ridiculously cute and b) ridiculously enterprising. Then my mind started wandering down the lane of cultural implications… Janelle Harris had an interesting take over at Clutch: Even as [...]
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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Half of a Yellow Sun

TweetI have been intrigued by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ever since I saw her stunning TEDTalk about the “danger of the single story,” in which she warns that stereotypes are born, not from pure ignorance, but from knowing just one thing about a group of people. Having just read her incredible novel, Half of a Yellow [...]
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