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

I'm Not Abandoning Hillary for Bernie Sanders

I've been watching as former Hillary supporters fall deeper and deeper in love with Bernie Sanders. Every day, there are new Bernie Sanders memes on Facebook, one friend after another sharing the latest capsule summary of his great ideas. Unlike ...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

I Was Raped

I was raped.  I hate using that word.  When I think of rape, I think of a woman walking alone at night, back to her apartment.  In the shadows, a man in all black and a ski mask lurks behind the bushes.  Like an animal watching his prey, he attacks her, tying her up and violently taking her without consent....more
I'm so sorry. No should have meant no. He knew what he was doing, even though in his mind he ...more

Of monsters and men

The house I grew up in has two bedrooms on one side of the house, a long hall, and then a master bedroom. I remember the living room as a sterile space with indentations in the dark brown rug. The TV we used to have sat there, before my father got drunk one night and heaved it through a window ....more

We Will Never Learn The Truth About Sandra Bland

In my opinion, we will never learn the truth about what exactly happened to Sandra Bland. I don’t think so unless there are independent investigators who can review unedited source information. When I was an internal auditor, I would review reports and processes against source data. Source data is data that cannot be tampered with, edited, or massaged....more

Quick hit: New York magazine, Bill Cosby, and #TheEmptyChair

[Content note: sexual assault] The current cover of New York magazine is significant not just for who’s there — 35 of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape — but for who isn’t there — victims of sexual assault who are afraid or ashamed to come forward. Those individuals are represented by an empty chair, including those unspeaking individuals in the “unwelcome sisterhood” of Cosby’s alleged* victims. But social media discussion surrounding #TheEmptyChair addresses not just those unspoken victims but all victims of sexual assault who feel compelled to stay silent, and the cultural and societal pressures that keep them silent ....more

Biking Towards Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Riding a bicycle is seen as a rite of passage for most children and a recreational tool for many adults,  but for a group of women in Afghanistan, it is a vehicle towards equality....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

Getting Out of Your Business Funk

Funks happen, whether you are in a blogging funk, growing your business funk, whatever it is, funks happen to the best of us. Moving past it is what matters. How you do it, is up to you ....more

Argentina: Tokyo Rose does the Falklands?

During WWII, Japanese propaganda tried to demoralize American soldiers serving in the Pacific, Alas, Argentina is broadcasting to the Falklands, the broadcasts were an attempt to “break the media siege” around the islands, where Argentine TV signals cannot penetrate, and “guarantee the inhabitants a right to information in the English language.” Information broadcast to the “English-speaking Argentinians” in previous editions included stories about trade surpluses, transgender rights and many, many more stories on how wonderful President Kirchner is. Nick Hallett calls it, Irrelevant, uninteresting and sometimes even unintelligible, the “Boletín Malvinas” – a product of Radiodifusión Argentina al Exterior (RAE) – is a textbook example of...more

ASNE Seeks to Train More Minority Leaders in Media

By GINA CHERELUS Institute participant Cara Owsley Throughout her nearly two decades working in media, Cara Owsley explained how her titles changed frequently while climbing the ladder of leadership in the newsroom. “I’ve been in Cincinnati for 10 years, and I’ve had different jobs, including photo editor/staff photojournalist. I had the title of photo coordinator, so now, my title is visual journalist/photojournalist,” said Owsley, who currently works for the Cincinnati Sun ....more

Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez still in jail, FP fails

Juan Cristobal Nagel links to Roberto Lovato’s lengthy article in Foreign Policy, The Making of Leopoldo López A closer look at the democratic bona fides of the rock star of Venezuela’s opposition. As you may recall, Lopez has been jailed since February 2014 on charges of arson, public incitement, and conspiracy The judge has been far from friendly to López’s defense, rejecting all but one of the 65 witnesses his attorneys sought to call, while admitting 108 witnesses for the prosecution ....more