Israeli and Palestinian Mothers: When Will This End?

Sitting here in the shelter in my building in Tel-Aviv,  with the sirens wailing in the background -  boom, boom, boom, boom.   The Iron Dome just knocked out four rockets.  I shudder at the prospect of what would have happened if ...more

Black Women, White Women, and Natural Hair

The burn of a relaxer on my tender scalp.The hiss of the hot comb against my untamed roots.The fear of moisture in all of its iterations: rain, sweat, ocean.The anguish of getting the most minor trim because length--not health--was paramount.These ...more

Indra Nooyi's Comments: A Cultural Complexity to Work-Life Balance?

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is the latest female executive to chime in to the never-ending discussion about balancing work and life.  ...more

What It Was Like to Travel While Black

As a child, we had very interesting travel arrangements. In the 1970s and 80s our family—from mixed race parents—would travel separately at times. We either went down South to visit my father's side of the family in New Orleans, or we ...more

HelloFlo Got Periods Right, Parenting Wrong

HelloFlo—a start-up that offers a starter kit of supplies and information about menstruation for young women, as well as subscriptions for monthly care packages—went viral last year with the very funny video "The Camp Gyno," about a girl who is the ...more

Let's Get the Senate Back to Work

America's growth remains stagnant, so why are there 338 bills awaiting action in the Senate?...more
The House is not doing it's job either and its a viscious blame game . Harry Reid is only able ...more

Times Have Changed For American Families. It's Time For Policies To Change, Too.

Ten years ago, the idea that there could be policy solutions for the stress and worry and overwhelmedness weighing down on American families was considered, by most people I encountered, to be ludicrous. Women I interviewed would literally laugh in my face at the mere suggestion. "Do you want the government raising your children?" they'd snort. Times have changed. ...more

BlogHer ’14 Closing Keynote on Race, Gender and the Internet: Where Do We Go Next?

Talking about race is not just for people of color. Talking about feminism is not just for women. If there’s anything I hope people will take away from the BlogHer ’14 Closing Keynote about race, gender, and the Internet, it’s that. ...more
This was great! Thanks! I wrote a post after the Trayvon Martin case - it's not the same fear, ...more

China’s ‘left-behind girls’ learn self-protection

Cross-posted from UN Women Safe spaces for girls left by migrating parents have been set up and trainings are on-going for children, teachers, community leaders and public authorities to prevent sexual violence, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. ...more

Feels like 100

Sweating out my new location, in the wrong clothes: Feels like 100, at BlogHer ....more

Asians Behaving Badly: Restaurant Brawl and Flying Teapots Edition

Proving that we are just as capable of bad behaviour as anyone else. This video has been making the rounds this week. At a restaurant in Sha Kok Estate in Hong Kong last week, two groups of people got into a fight over something ....more

Ebola (o-no-la!)

Apart from my INCREDIBLY witty title (so, SO bad), there is nothing funny about the currentEbola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. For those not habitually tracking global public health crises, this is one to pay attention to. I don’t care how distracted you may have been by the hot-mess-bro/slut-shaming incident on the Bachelorette. Okay, I admit I don’t watch the show (At all. Ever.) But….dude, just NO. To quote Kid President, not cool Robert Frost. I digress....more

#MyInternetIs a civil right, and it must be free. | #NetNeutrality

For over 12 years, the internet has been an intellectual companion, and a forum wherein I have...more

Let's Get the Senate Back to Work

America's growth remains stagnant, so why are there 338 bills awaiting action in the Senate?...more
The House is not doing it's job either and its a viscious blame game . Harry Reid is only able ...more

Trusteegate: It Just Gets Better

Washoe County School District has the goddamned nerve to ask the Nevada Attorney General's office to put a 30-day stay on its investigation so the district can take "corrective action" AFTER they get busted for violating ousted superintendent Pedro Martinez's contract and the Open Meeeting Law. This is ALL about covering up and falsifying even more charges against Martinez.It's too late for that. Nobody but the most dimwitted of the district's 8,000 employees is fooled anymore.It's just unbelievable ....more

Argentina defaults

As predicted, Argentina Declared in Default by S&P as Talks Fail Standard & Poor’s declared Argentina in default after the government missed a deadline for paying interest on $13 billion of restructured bonds. A US judge had set a deadline of 04:00 GMT on Thursday for a deal. Argentina: defaulting for 190 years @TheEconomist:” — Fausta (@Fausta) July 31, 2014 This is the eighth time the country has defaulted: ARGENTINA’S first bond, issued in 1824, was supposed to have a lifespan of 46 years ....more

In case you missed it,

Last night’s podcast, Memories of old Havana PLUS US-Latin America stories of the week with Graciela Chelo Lodeiro, and host Silvio Canto Jr ....more

Going to Plan B for Survival

If your “Plan A” for survival sinks, do you have a Plan B backup?Forget rushing to the grocery store when disaster like a snowstorm strikes. Everyone else will have the same idea. Need I say more?...more