What Do I Tell My Daughter About Sandra Bland?

To my Little Magician: We’ll read this together when you’re old enough to understand. Motherhood has been an incredible adventure, but I have always been haunted by the guilt of bringing you into this world -- a world that has not been very kind ...more

Could Donald Trump Actually Be Trying to Help Hillary?

Donald Trump. He gives no fucks. He apologizes for nothing and backs down for no one. America loves to hate him, and stupider, crazier shit flies out of his mouth daily. He's now insulted Mexicans, war heroes, veterans, and most Republicans. The Des ...more

Sandra Bland, Black Women and Suicide

I’ve been thinking a lot about #IfIDieInPoliceCustody. I want to be able to tell you that it would not be from suicide. I want to tell you that I would be killed for being too mouthy, for asserting my rights, for giving zero fucks, for being ...more

Are You Going to See Amy Schumer's 'Trainwreck'?

As I’ve mentioned here before, it’s a rare occurrence these days that I get excited about a movie. ...more

Now Can We Believe Bill Cosby's Accusers?

In a 2005 deposition in which Bill Cosby gave sworn testimony, he admitted that he obtained “Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with” and admitted to giving them to at least one woman “and some others”. ...more

It's Okay to Talk About #BlackLivesMatter If You're White

Holding my phone in my hand as I completed the last of my voice text, I saw the flashing lights of the police car directly behind me.“Motherf***er”, I muttered as I replaced my phone on the hands-free driving cradle and proceeded to pull over, turning on to a side street from the busy main road and flipping on my hazard lights.As I reached in to my wallet for my driver’s license, with my phone blowing up with text messages, I thought to myself, “I’ll wait until he gets here to get my insurance card from the glove box”....more

I Don't Wear Makeup or Heels. But I'm Not Going to Tell You What to Do

It’s pretty obvious, once you get to know me, that I really am not much for traditional beauty standards. I rarely wear makeup; it’s mostly a sensory thing. (The feeling of blush and foundation on my cheeks makes me want to scream.) I don’t know how to do much with my long hair, so I learn a few easy tricks and then do them when I feel like it – otherwise it’s in a ponytail. And I’ve heard a lot about my choice not to wear makeup much or to keep my hair long but not really do anything with it. Trust me – I’ve heard it, from family, friends, and even some significant others....more

Q&A With Prof. Jennifer Lee: Asian American Success Isn't What You Think It Is

Pop culture often portrays Asian Americans as successful because of strict parenting or just plain hard work. But a new book debunks the "model minority" myth, revealing the way government policies have actually skewed those perceptions. I recently interviewed Jennifer Lee, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox about her research....more

Learning About the Civil War: An Audio Production Review

We were recently given the opportunity to review the audio production With Lee in Virginia by ...more

Post No. 7: A White Woman Talks About Sandra Bland

When Officer Brian Encinia told her to put her cigarette, Sandra Bland refused.  When she was told to exit her car, again, she refused.  The traffic stop was about to wind down, the officer had already written a warning ticket, and one has to wonder, if she’d put the cigarette out, what would the rest of the story had been?   ...more

Weekly Let’s Play List – Week of 7/27/2015

Hello everyone and welcome to another...more

About Those Things You're Not Supposed To Say To Writers

Yesterday, there was a hashtag running wild on Twitter. I follow a lot of professional writers, so I saw a lot of tweets carrying the tag: #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. They were mostly funny, but some of them made me cringe. And one or two of them shot me right through the heart. For example: ...more

What’s Current: Tyler the Creator fans go after feminist campaigner, Coralie Alison

Hollywood actresses lend their support in calling on Amnesty International to reject plans backing the decriminalization of pimping, brothel owning, and the buying of sex. Solidarity with Coralie Alison, Collective Shout activist, who is facing a mountain of abuse for standing up for women. Deny “Pick-up artist” and MRA “Roosh V” entry to Canada for the purpose of disseminating misogynistic hate ....more

It's Okay to Talk About #BlackLivesMatter If You're White

Holding my phone in my hand as I completed the last of my voice text, I saw the flashing lights of the police car directly behind me.“Motherf***er”, I muttered as I replaced my phone on the hands-free driving cradle and proceeded to pull over, turning on to a side street from the busy main road and flipping on my hazard lights.As I reached in to my wallet for my driver’s license, with my phone blowing up with text messages, I thought to myself, “I’ll wait until he gets here to get my insurance card from the glove box”....more

New Jersey: It’s the taxes, stupid.

Ed Driscoll, posting at Instapundit, links to Lee Habeeb’s article, Fleeing New Jersey, and Its Crushing Taxes, for a Better Life The home my father thought he owned outright had a co-owner: the local city council and school board. And it was a co-owner with an appetite for spending. Home ownership may have had its privileges, but it became a burden he could no longer afford ....more

A Mural for the Missing

A community art project that was too controversial for New York City has found a home in Phoenix, Arizona.The mural was nearly finished when I stopped by last week. Half a dozen artists were there painting or standing back to Instagram the process - which, really, is also part of spreading a message. In fact, that's how I heard about the piece....more

Why dress up?

Why dress up? Because we’re tired of gym clothes everywhere, we’re hungry for sartorial style, we’re yearning to be free of slobs! Read my article here ....more