Instagrammers Show Us Their Views of South Carolina Flood and Relief

For those of us in drought-stricken California, it’s hard to comprehend the devastation from torrential rains and flooding in South Carolina that has taken at least 15 lives. ...more

What I Learned From Hearing Grace Lee Boggs Speak

With her white hair, floral dress, and wheelchair, Grace Lee Boggs looked like she could have been someone’s elderly Chinese grandmother. But when she took the stage, the auditorium full of people who were used to being the ones talking — from veteran journalists to young YouTube sensations — leaned in to hear her every word....more

Umpqua Tragedy: We Need to Understand What's Behind Mass Shootings

As a blogger and news editor, I’m so weary of running these posts. Reactions to mass shootings at college campuses, like the one at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday. At elementary schools. At churches. At gurdwaras. At movie theaters. On live television. The mass shootings just become more and more common....more

Internet Says #IStandWithAhmed After Texas Police Arrest 14-Year-Old For Homemade Clock

I have a 13-year-old son who loves science and engineering, and I'd be thrilled if he built a clock all by himself—and I'd hope his teachers would be, too. Unfortunately, that's not what happened on Monday to Ahmed Mohammed, a high school freshman in Irving, Texas. When the story broke about the boy being handcuffed and taken into police custody after his English teacher deemed the homemade science project "suspicious". ...more
So um, lets pretend we have a brain. Shall we? ....The teacher that said this "looked like a ...more

Why Feminists Should Be Concerned About Trump's 'Anchor Baby' Comments

The term “anchor babies” — a throwback to the right-wing immigration reformers of the 1990s and early 2000s— is in the news again. And as this debate over whether this is term is derogatory (and the American Heritage diction has listed it as offensive) or not gets going once again, feminists should be watchful of how the term frames and blames women for these so-called unwanted immigrants....more
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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

INTERVIEW: The Sisters Are Alright' According to Tamara Winfrey Harris' New Book

Tamara Winfrey Harris, whom many BlogHers may recognize from her blog What Tami Said, has a new book called The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America....more

I'm a Code Switcher and I Want You to Know Me

“You’re really malleable,” a new friend commented during our freshman year in college after seeing me navigate my way through many different social situations and with Type-A premeds and introspective literature majors, with people of various races and ethnicities. ...more
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Kristina Wong Takes on Race and Hashtag Activism in Her One-Woman Show 'The Wong Street Journal'

Last winter, I caught up with performance artist Kristina Wong while she was doing a residency at the Montalvo Arts Center just outside Silicon Valley, developing material for her new one-woman show "The Wong Street Journal". There in a loft, she was writing material as well as doing the less glamorous work of sewing felt props for her show, which opens this week in her hometown of San Francisco. I checked in with Kristina again recently to find out what's new....more

Kids & Art Brings the Comfort of Creativity to Children With Cancer

A conference room at Google headquarters may not seem like a place for children to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, but for the 50 or youngsters gathered there last weekend, it was a welcome break from the world of doctor’s appointments and medical treatments. I had brought my own 10-year-old son to the event, which was organized by Kids & Art, a non-profit started by graphic designer Purvi Shah, the creator of BlogHer’s “hermoticon” logo. ...more
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