Posts Tagged People of Color

New Mammogram Guidelines Could Disproportionately Endanger Black Women

In Tuesday’s What We Missed, we briefly mentioned the new USPST mammogram guidelines, which now recommend that women begin getting regular mammograms at age 50 rather than at 40, and that the frequency be reduced from annual to once every two years.
The guidelines have been criticized for being “patronizing” and “dangerous” for women’s health, but there’s one community that is put at particular risk by the guidelines but isn’t receiving as much attention: black women.
My colleague and former classmate Ashton Lattimore writes on News One that “the potential impact of these guidelines on black women is a really important piece of the puzzle that so far hasn’t gotten much discussion.”
In her piece, she interviews ...

In Tuesday’s What We Missed, we briefly mentioned the new USPST mammogram guidelines, which now recommend that women begin getting regular mammograms at age 50 rather than at 40, and that the frequency be reduced from ...

The Feministing Five: Lori Adelman

Regular readers will have noticed that in recent months, Feministing has brought in a number of new contributors: Ariel, Jos, Lori, Rose and myself. No doubt you’re getting to know them by reading their posts and engaging with their ideas in the comments section, but I also suspect that you might want to know a little more about these wonderful women (I know I do!). Over the last few weeks, I’ve been interviewing my fellow new contributors so that you and I can get to know them a little better. This week I interviewed Lori Adelman.
Lori grew up in New Jersey and went to Harvard, where she graduated in 2008 with a degree ...

Regular readers will have noticed that in recent months, Feministing has brought in a number of new contributors: Ariel, Jos, Lori, Rose and myself. No doubt you’re getting to know them ...

A Barbie that really represents black women

Now here is a Barbie that you don’t see everyday. This one was done by Loanne Hizo Ostlie. She is a bad-ass artist who sells Barbies on ebay with the hair re-rooted in diverse styles that are more representative of Black women today.

I often have this image on my desktop because it’s the closest image of Barbie that resembles my look and we all need a little affirmation every now and then. It’s not to say that Barbie with locs is problem free. But this work is an important contribution and it should be acknowledged.

I don’t know if I am on a hair kick because I am still reeling from Chris Rock’s Good Hair shenanigans, but ...

Now here is a Barbie that you don’t see everyday. This one was done by Loanne Hizo Ostlie. She is a bad-ass artist who sells Barbies on ebay with the hair re-rooted in diverse styles ...

Reactions to Good Hair


I wear a few hats on campus. Along with being a graduate student and a Feministing contributor in constant search of my next post, I am also the President of the Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy (CCSL). CCSL, an org that is an affiliate to the National Sexuality Resource Center, promotes sexual literacy through community forums and serving as a liaison between students and campus health providers. This past Wednesday, with the help of HBO, film distributor Roadside Attractions, University of Michigan academics and student organizations, we held a private screening of Chris Rock’s Good Hair 2 days before the film premiered in Michigan.
While the event, and the conversation that followed with the 300 audience members was ...


I wear a few hats on campus. Along with being a graduate student and a Feministing contributor in constant search of my next post, I am also the President of the Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy ...

The Feministing Five: Erica Watson

Erica Watson is a comedian, director and actress from Chicago. This month, Erica is performing her one-woman show Fat Bitch! at The Tank theater in New York City. In the show, Watson, a self-described “fat girl,” dissects media images of full-figured Black women, and explores how her weight has shaped her view of the world, and above all, the world’s view of her. The show also tackles how weight and self-esteem can affect women’s sexual lives, a theme Watson mainly addresses by sharing her own personal experiences.
The main goal of the show, Watson says, is to educate male audience members about women’s struggles, and to empower women to live the best, most authentic lives they can. “You ...
Erica Watson is a comedian, director and actress from Chicago. This month, Erica is performing her one-woman show Fat Bitch! at The Tank theater in New York City. In the show, Watson, a self-described “fat ...

The Feministing Five: Melissa Harris-Lacewell

Melissa Harris-Lacewell is a professor, an author, a mother, a prolific Tweeter, and the possible future First Lady of the great city of New Orleans. Harris-Lacewell, an Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University, majored in English, which explains why she was the only interview subject I’ve spoken to who was immediately able to answer question number two in the Feministing Five. She didn’t stay on long on the English track, however, and got her Ph.D in political science at Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Theological Seminary.

Fans of The Rachel Maddow Show will recognize Harris-Lacewell, who frequently appears on Maddow’s show as well as on Countdown with Keith Olbermann (in fact, Harris-Lacewell ...

Melissa Harris-Lacewell is a professor, an author, a mother, a prolific Tweeter, and the possible future First Lady of the great city of New Orleans. Harris-Lacewell, an Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at ...

I ♥ Vogue Evolution on America’s Best Dance Crew

I’m really excited about Vogue Evolution, a group competing in the current season of America’s Best Dance Crew. The crew members are black and Latino. Four are out gay men and one is an out trans woman. From the beginning they’ve been very upfront about their identities (a relief after seeing so many euphemistic referrals to queer people on TV including the insulting “Choice Fab-u-lous” category at this year’s Teen Choice Awards). Check out this video from the first episode of the season where they introduce themselves and talk a little bit about being gay and trans:

Voguing has been around since the Harlem Renaissance and has been dominated by queer people of color. Pony Webster, one of the crew’s directors, ...

I’m really excited about Vogue Evolution, a group competing in the current season of America’s Best Dance Crew. The crew members are black and Latino. Four are out gay men and one is an out trans woman. ...

Netroots Nation 2009 Round-up.

It is always interesting reading what different people get out of conferences and how they apply it to the work they do. Netroots is one of those spaces that are unique in that people from all walks of life converge for something they are passionate about, something that they often don’t get paid to do and something that is trying to bring some semblance of justice and accountability to our legislative process. It is this process that Feministing has given me some access to, by having such a loud megaphone to discuss issues that I think are important and I want you, the voting public, to read about.
Netroots was an interesting experience for me, but not for the same ...

It is always interesting reading what different people get out of conferences and how they apply it to the work they do. Netroots is one of those spaces that are unique in that people from all walks ...

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