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Just Add a Kid T-Shirt: My Last Post on "Black People Are Monkeys" (I Hope)

I hope this will be the last thing I ever write about the history of White people portraying Black people as monkeys, but unfortunately, at some point I'll probably have to write something on this topic again. This racist insult repeats, repeats, repeats. ...more
I'm commenting strictly from a business perspective and I agree that someone somewhere should ...more

I Don't Need a Man to Walk Me to My Car. But I Want One.

One of the reasons I chose to live in this small town was its low crime rate. I know most of my neighbors (even if some of them aren't my favorite people in the world), and I've never felt unsafe. I often walk my dogs late at night right through the middle of downtown without a second thought in regards to my safety....more
We don't all leave at the same time.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 are the memories I carry of the never-ending battle to hide the state of my kinky hair. It's an experience belonging to sisters all over the globe, this fight to make our hair submit to societal standards of what is acceptable and proper....more
Congrats and empathy from my different experience of automatically straightening my curly Jewish ...more

Why Indra Nooyi’s Work-Life Comments Are Important to Asian American Women

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is the latest female executive to chime in to the never-ending discussion about balancing work and life. ...more
chatoveracuppa thanks for sharing your take on Nooyi's interview. If anything, I'm glad that ...more

3 Women of Color to Lead the NEA, the Largest U.S. Labor Organization

On July 4th of this year, the National Education Association (NEA), the largest U.S. labor organization, made history: its membership elected three women of color as its leaders, and its first female head in 25 years....more
They've got my attention! As I was researching the article, I realized that I've known of Al ...more

The Subtlety of Kara Walker’s Race and Gender Art is Lost on Some

Earlier this month, artist Kara Walker unveiled her sphinx-like statue “A Subtlety” in Brooklyn. With its oversized vulva made of sugar, it’s not surprising that the statute would be controversial, but it is saddening to see why it’s causing controversy. ...more
I love Walker's work. It is amazing.more

The Erasure of Black Womanhood: Why Anthony Cumia's Twitter Rant is About More Than Race

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, "Opie and Anthony" radio host Anthony Cumia went on a disgusting rant that lasted several tweets in which he used abhorrent language to describe an interaction he had with a Black woman in Times Square, New York City. He used words and phrases like “whore b*tch,” “c*nt,” “c*ntrag,” and “animal pig fuck c*nt b*tch,” all to describe a woman he claims attacked him. He claimed she attacked him because he was innocently taking pictures of a construction site at 3 a.m. ...more
_Roxie_ He wasn't "beaten by 6 people" and he never said he was. Jesus christ,do a little ...more

From the BlogHer '14 Geek Bar: 9 Geeky Blogs to Follow

One of the coolest BlogHer conference traditions is the Geek Bar, where you get hands-on help with everything you need to know to power, optimize, and manage your site, or learn about social media. If you're having trouble with a WordPress plugin or need to know the best way to set up analytics, we've got a smartypants to help you. Some of these smartypantses blog about tech and blogging, while others have blogs that set a great example for you to follow. ...more
Yea! Thanks so much for the gracious introduction. Can't wait to teach my first geek bar!more

Will The Mary Sue Become a Mary Sue?

Last month, The Mary Sue, formerly "the guide to girl geek culture," surprised its community by merging with sister site Geekosystem, changing its design, and changing its tagline to "let your geek flag fly." While some pushback on The Mary Sue's changes was to be expected, some of the changes—as well as comments made on social media by senior staff members—have left some readers wondering if The Mary Sue is about to become a ...more

Can I Be a Feminist If I Don't Agree With You?

I spent the weekend with some beautiful women. They were intelligent (like getting-into-the-best-business-school-in-the-country smart), driven (like being one of only a small group of women in their industry) and engaged (like being a member of the Peace Corps and a senior-level executive in the federal government.) Despite being heavy hitters in their fields, they embraced my lowly but admired profession of a blogger covering the wine-drinking and play date scene....more
I'll not tiptoe around this: I completely disagree with you about Hobby Lobby. I do believe, as ...more