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Watch: Melissa Harris-Perry on “the invisible middle” of media representations of African American women

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Yesterday the MHP show highlighted a recent study by Essence Magazine following nearly 1,200 women who kept a visual diary of the depictions of African American women in media and ranked if the characterizations of black women were balanced. Not ...

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Happy birthday Melissa Harris Perry!

I was 16 years old when I met Melissa Harris Perry. Back then she was Melissa Harris-Lacewell, and she spent time with me and a group of other Kenwood Academy high schoolers to talk about feminism and hip hop. Our sessions were building up to the first national Feminism and Hip Hop conference at the University of Chicago. You can watch videos from the conference’s sessions here.

This was the first public space I’d be in that would validate my feminist critiques of hip hop without attempting to invalidate my love for the genre. It was a pivotal moment in my understanding of identity politics and although it would be years before I identified as a feminist, Melissa Harris-Perry ...

I was 16 years old when I met Melissa Harris Perry. Back then she was Melissa Harris-Lacewell, and she spent time with me and a group of other Kenwood Academy high schoolers to talk about feminism and ...

Don’t miss Melissa Harris Perry slam the ‘unacceptability’ theory of black hair

Remember Tianna Parker, the 7 year old girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma who was sent home from school because of  school policy considering “dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles” to be “unacceptable”? Melissa Harris-Perry brings some much-needed perspective to the issue:

“For the record, Tiana, your hair is not distracting, unacceptable, a fad or wrong. Tiana, your hair is wonderful. You come from a people with a beautiful array of styles and textures that range from short to big afros that come in colors from gray to black, curly naturals that spiral every which way just because they can.”

This is not the first time that Harris-Perry has touched on the issue; last summer,  she aired a segment exploring the current cultural ...

Remember Tianna Parker, the 7 year old girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma who was sent home from school because of  school policy considering “dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles” to be “unacceptable”? Melissa Harris-Perry brings some ...

“A respect for humanity says that you respect women”

On Sunday’s show, Melissa Harris-Perry perfectly contextualizes the climate where we are witnessing state by state assaults on women bodies, privacy, and reproductive freedom protected under the 14th Amendment in the year where Roe v Wade turns 40, the landmark decision that affirmed a woman’s right to privacy. Stay for the interview with Ohio State Senator Nina Turner. Again, the voting rights act is a feminist issue. To quote State Senator Turner, “Elections have consequences.”

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On Sunday’s show, Melissa Harris-Perry perfectly contextualizes the climate where we are witnessing state by state assaults on women bodies, privacy, and reproductive freedom protected under the 14th Amendment in the year where Roe v ...

The Feministing Five: Katrina vanden Heuvel

If you watch TV, read the news, or follow politics, you’ve seen or read or heard Katrina vanden Heuvel, a true icon for the progressive movement and media. Vanden Heuvel is the editor and publisher of The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, founded in 1865.  Vanden Heuvel’s blog “Editor’s Cut,” appears at thenation.com and she writes a weekly online column for The Washington Post. She is a frequent commentator on American and international politics on ABC, MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Foreign Policy magazine and The Boston Globe. Vanden Heuvel is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, ...

If you watch TV, read the news, or follow politics, you’ve seen or read or heard Katrina vanden Heuvel, a true icon for the progressive movement and media. Vanden Heuvel is the editor and publisher ...

Trans allyship within GLAAD

Ed. note: I’m off this week. The wonderful Tobias Rodriguez is filling in for me. Tobias originally hails from Texas and now lives in New York where he works in social media at a reproductive health organization.

At the GLAAD media awards last week, and again this weekend on the Melissa Harris-Perry show, GLAAD announced that they are dropping their original acronym, the “Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,” and becoming GLAAD, an LGBT media advocacy organization. In doing so, they hope to convey that the organization is evolving to become more trans* inclusive. Recently, GLAAD has been working with trans kids like Coy Mathis and Jazz (both of whom attended the GLAAD media awards) to demonstrate that it prioritizes trans issues in its advocacy ...

Ed. note: I’m off this week. The wonderful Tobias Rodriguez is filling in for me. Tobias originally hails from Texas and now lives in New York where he works in social media at a reproductive health organization.

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“We’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!” Happy Black History Month, everyone.

Melissa Harris-Perry is teaching a class on environmental justice… and you can kind of take it!

Watching porn will turn you into even more of a godless pinko commie than you already are.

Old, Female and Homeless

Jessica on feminism and anger.

Science says everlasting love doesn’t exist.

Where are America’s abortion providers? 

Gross: /r/mensrights named Subreddit of The Day.

Tina Fey showed us men can’t have it all, either.

“We’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!” Happy Black History Month, everyone.

Melissa Harris-Perry is teaching a class on environmental justice… and you can kind of take it!

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