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It’s time for Hollywood to take advice from Octavia Butler and stretch its imagination

Tweet In this deliciously rare clip, Octavia Butler talks about how she began writing science fiction in response to an absence of great storytelling she felt. After seeing a terrible sci fi film when she was 12, she explains, “I turned off the television and said to myself, I can write a better story than that.” [...]
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What do the numbers say? VIDA’s annual count of the gender gap in publishing

Tweet In 2011, one of my classmates from Sarah Lawrence penned an open letter to The New Yorker, blasting them for their then abysmal record of publishing women’s voices. She shared her letter on our closed email listserv and received curious pushback from some of my male classmates. When I say curious pushback, it was more [...]
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Poet puts the spotlight on gender, domestic violence, and colorism in new performance project

Tweet The Poetic License Theater Festival is currently underway in New York City. The ten-day festival will feature performances and readings from such luminaries as Ntozake Shange and Staceyann Chin. It will also feature a three-day run of the multidisciplinary production Redbone: A Biomythography , written and performed by poet Mahogany L. Browne, beginning this Monday [...]
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New York jury says it’s not okay for black people to use the N word at work

TweetA New York jury ruled Tuesday that the N word is off limits in the workplace, even when it’s being used by one black person to another.  The case could set interesting precedent in the area of employment discrimination and curb the social use of the N word between black people while they are at [...]
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Quick Hit: Terrific rape culture cartoons thanks to students at York University

TweetI’m not a big fan of rape jokes, but bring on the jokes about rape culture!  The students at York University in Canada have created some awesome rape culture cartoons starring some of our favorite super heroes.  The comics truly get to the heart of how flippin’ ridiculous rape culture is and how those who perpetuate it [...]
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