Posts Tagged People of Color

Sexual justice and Arizona’s immigration policy

I just wanted to take a minute to point out this great post from sexologist and minister Debra W. Haffner, Arizona Immigration Policy: Why It Matters To A Sexual Justice Advocate.

At its core, my strong faith commitment to the dignity and worth of all persons means that I do not think any person is “illegal” or unworthy of equal treatment. But, these issues also intersect in more practical ways. What’s going to happen to Hispanic women in labor in Arizona when they go to a hospital? What about when they visit a public health clinic for birth control? What happens to gay and lesbian Hispanic immigrants who live with U.S. citizens in families but because there is no marriage ...

I just wanted to take a minute to point out this great post from sexologist and minister Debra W. Haffner, Arizona Immigration Policy: Why It Matters To A Sexual Justice Advocate.

At its core, my strong faith ...

Street to Senate: Get to Work for the Jobless

Colorlines hits the streets to send a message to Congress–Get to work on joblessness.

As Kai Wright blogs, as many as 400,000 people are at risk of losing unemployment insurance as soon as April 5th. Republicans are going to fight any extension of benefits in the face of a crisis of epic proportions. Because all of a sudden when it is about helping out working class, mostly people of color, deficits are a huge problem.

Colorlines hits the streets to send a message to Congress–Get to work on joblessness.

As Kai Wright blogs, as many as 400,000 people are at risk of losing unemployment insurance as soon as April 5th. Republicans are ...

Erykah Badu’s New Video for “Window Seat”: Feminist Art or Shameless Publicity Stunt? (NSFW)

This weekend, the blogosphere was taken by storm when Erykah Badu released a music video for “Window Seat,” the first single off her brand new album. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already, although please be warned that this is most definitely Not Safe For Work.
In the video, Badu is seen stripping down from a hoodie and pants to her birthday suit on a public street. I won’t spoil the rest of the video for you, but let’s just say the ending definitely caught me off guard. A surprise “plot twist” turns this video into something much deeper than your average music video “striptease”.
Or does it?
The video was meant to be a statement against “groupthink” ...

This weekend, the blogosphere was taken by storm when Erykah Badu released a music video for “Window Seat,” the first single off her brand new album. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already, although please ...

The Feministing Five: Selly Thiam

Selly Thiam is the founder and executive producer of None on Record, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of QLGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. Selly, who is of Senegalese descent, was born and raised in Chicago. She came out in high school, and found herself searching for women like her – West African lesbian women – but couldn’t find any. Her search for people who shared her intersectional experiences led her to community organizing and activism and, ultimately, to None on Record.
Thiam started None on Record in 2006 in response to the murder of a Sierra Leonean QLGBT activist, and since then, Thiam and her colleagues have collected thousands of ...

Selly Thiam is the founder and executive producer of None on Record, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of QLGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. Selly, who is of ...

Celebrating Black Women Writers: Zora Neale Hurston


The Frisky has an awesome series of images and stories about black women writers and artists, that are not as often heard of, including Ntozake Shange, Judith Jamison, and my very favorite Zora Neale Hurston.

I recently re-read Their Eyes Were Watching God, for the book I am writing, because  I was reminded of Hurston’s ability to write a story about finding love in a time when it was very difficult for a black woman to do so and have her story be heard on her own terms. Rereading it as an adult gave it a new political resonance and importance that I had not felt as a teenager, when I had first read ...

Adoptees of color speak out against international adoption of Haitian children

Following the earthquake in Haiti some people have been pushing for adoption of Haitian children by folks in the global north. This includes Penny Young Nance, CEO of the anti-choice, anti-feminist organization Concerned Women for America.
A group called the Adoptees of Color Roundtable has issued a Statement on Haiti written from the perspective of a group of adoptees of color who oppose international adoption of Haitian children. Here’s an excerpt:

For more than fifty years “orphaned children” have been shipped from areas of war, natural disasters, and poverty to supposedly better lives in Europe and North America. Our adoptions from Vietnam, South Korea, Guatemala and many other countries are no different from what is happening to the children ...

Following the earthquake in Haiti some people have been pushing for adoption of Haitian children by folks in the global north. This includes Penny Young Nance, CEO of the anti-choice, anti-feminist organization Concerned Women for America.

Is Homophobia in Uganda Perpetuated by Black Self-Hatred?

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill that initially threatened to execute gays, and now threatens to imprison them.
And you may also have read in Courtney’s excellent piece on the subject that the NY Times, among other news sources, has reported that American right-wingers are on the forefront of this Ugandan homophobia, prompting and prodding it along.
What you may not have heard is that yesterday, Edwin Okong’o of New America Media contributed a heartbreaking but much-needed perspective in his article “Why Ugandans Embrace U.S. Christian Right’s Anti-Gay Agenda,” in which he puts forth the idea that Ugandans are amenable to embracing the anti-gay agenda of the U.S. Christian right because of ...

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill that initially threatened to execute gays, and now threatens to imprison them.
And you may also have read in Courtney’s excellent piece on the ...

New Moon and domestic violence

**Spoiler warning!**

So I saw the latest Twilight movie, New Moon, this weekend.*

I was prepared for the manipulative relationship between the protagonist Bella and her sparkly vampire bf Edward. I was prepared for not-exactly-feminist messages about centering your life around men. I was prepared for seriously awful acting and dialogue (the Academy really needs to institute a “Best Unintentional Comedy” Oscar category — it would be a tight race between New Moon and Terminator Salvation).

However, I was not prepared for the way the movie portrays physical relationship violence, particularly in Native communities. For all the talk of Edward’s abusiveness throughout feminist blogworld, I’ve seen much less written about domestic violence as it relates to the film’s competing love ...

**Spoiler warning!**

So I saw the latest Twilight movie, New Moon, this weekend.*

I was prepared for the manipulative relationship between the protagonist Bella and her sparkly vampire bf Edward. I was prepared for not-exactly-feminist messages about

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