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What Exactly Is a Rape-Free Hour?

December 5th, Mumbai 2014. The city looks the same. The sea from my hotel room at Taj Lands End looked calm. It’s been more than two years, and I was looking forward to meet my besties. Three of us friends were going to meet over drinks at a popular bandra bar. We decided to drive ourselves to the said destination and cap our evening by 9 p.m. I took stock of the city’s situation after the recent numerous assaults, and considered activating the rape safety valve. There were new rules this time that i needed to be aware of....more

2014: The Year of 'Black Girls Are Magic'

"Black girls are magic!" When blogger Cashawn Thompson coined the phrase earlier this year, I don't think she imagined that Black girls (and women) would collectively embody the very essence of magic and spend 2014 breaking down barriers, setting records, and shattering pervasive negative stereotypes. ...more
teobesta amanorman ewiyy yenae enat. Sorry to hear that. Big cities can be lonely though. How ...more

Is There a Way to Talk to Someone Who Doesn't Believe in Racism?

Dear World: I read something from someone today that said "Racism was in the '60s. What we see today isn't racism but people who don't know how to act in the world." I wanted to cry, I want to scream at them. Then something inside me makes me just go quiet. Tell me, Dear World, is there any way, at all, to talk to people who think that? I feel like I should just give up. Signed, Heartbroken, Angry, Should I Just Stay Silent...more
"It is impossible to not know things about yourself, your secrets, like distrust of a race, ...more

Meaningful Gifts For Kwanzaa

Conceived in 1966, Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday, celebrated between December 26 and January 1. The seven days represent seven principles to unite African-American communities. On each day, some families gather to reflect or demonstrate a principle. ...more
Torture crimes of the inventor of Kwaanza: ''Deborah Jones, who once was given the Swahili title ...more

Here's How American Girl Responded to My Open Letter on Diversity

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BlogHerFamily yes, we need to teach more kids to vote with their pocketbooks, er I mean ...more

5 Empowering Gifts for Girls

The older my daughter gets, the harder it is to find just the right Christmas presents for her. At seven, she's done with Princesses, done with Barbie, and done with Polly Pockets. What else is there? I've bought her books, learning apps she can play on my phone, and clothes galore. So this Christmas, as I grapple with what to buy her, I started thinking that the best presents for my daughter are not material, tangible, or store-bought....more
awakenandbegin  Thank you for your comments, and I agree with you that healthy living and eating ...more

2014 Women of the Year

Another 365 days has gone by! 2014 proved to be a year in which our online selves became increasingly merged with our offline lives, whether it was in the radical act of posting selfies, in binge-watching TV or streaming podcasts, or in determining what we read or how we teach our children. The common thread that connects many of the notable women of the past year is how they used their Internet lives as an extension of their work, whether they are entertainers, activists, or athletes. ...more
eughung HapaMamaGrace IndigeniusIdeas Same here! :)more

When the News Leaves Me in Despair, Art Saves Me

When a grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Mike Brown, I felt hollowed out by sorrow and grief over the lack of justice that washed over me. I cried on my husband's chest, asking him to tell me how we were going to protect our three Black boys from such a system... and from people who believe it is within their rights to cut the lives of Black men and women short for whatever reason they deem necessary. He didn't have an answer....more
Yes.  Sometimes my husband and I talk about the loss of the local artistic community and what ...more

Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

The Culture of Compliance: A Precursor to Rape Culture

In the spring of 1972 at Madison Junior High in North Hollywood, Calif., math teacher Robert Odian, also known as “Mr. Odious,” wrote a math problem about six feet high on the chalkboard and asked Beth Marron to solve it. Image: curiouseth...more