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How The Academy Awards Lived Up To The #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag

After winning Best Supporting Actress for her role as a single mother in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette said one of the boldest feminist statements I've ever heard at the Oscars. But her comments afterward, along with so many other elements of the show, left a lot of people shaking our heads....more
GREAT wrap-up Grace. BOOM: "I'm more concerned that casual remarks at high-profile events like ...more

Black History Month: Living American History Through My Family Tree

Like many, I grew up hearing stories about my family's history. I have a few ancestors whose stories live in history books and who are studied by scholars to this day. There are institutions and organizations named for them. These family stories provide a perfect example of how African American history is American history and another reason why Black History Month still matters. ...more
I loved reading this, Maria.  I'm always impressed when people know their family's stories and ...more

Chinese New Year, Without the Stereotypes

The Year of the Sheep (or Goat) begins today. In honor of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, celebrations last for two weeks in many Asian societies, and there are parades and festivities in U.S. cities with large Asian American communities. While it’s all fun, there’s also an ugly element that raises its head during this season, and it looks like this: Image: Party Cheap ...more
I didn't realize that the New Year has started! I will have to celebrate with the kids!more

Conservative or Liberal: How To Stay Friends When You are Total Opposites

I have to admit I am conservative in my views on issues in general and very proud of it. I am open to other's viewpoints, and yet I value my own. I simply cannot stand "wishy washy" people; they are the worst kind of people to be around, always changing their minds like the direction of the wind or changing their opinion to please whomever comes into the room. I have many friends who are liberals. They have their opinions and I have mine, and yet, we seem to get along. How is that so? How is it that we can stay friends when we have such opposite views?...more
constantcommoner It would be such a boring, dangerous world if we all believed the same way. ...more

What We Can Learn About Government and Politics From Rwanda

I know. Rwanda isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of women in leadership roles, right? Yet it is. The genocide was 20 years ago. Since then, women have made huge strides, with a female-majority parliament leading Rwanda to pro-woman policies....more
Thank you so much for sharing that Nat Geo article! It's extremely fascinating and awesome to ...more

#AAPIVoices: How Bloggers Stood Up to Rock the Boat

The new ABC show Fresh Off The Boat was one of the top five most tweeted TV programs last week. Besides sparking conversation about the show itself&dmash;the first sitcom with an Asian American cast in 20 years—it's also set off a lot of discussion about how the Asian American experience is still relatively unknown in the mainstream parent blogging community. ...more
What a great post!more

Recognizing the Legacy of Women During Black History Month

Growing up, two prominent figures were frequently highlighted during Black History Month: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and Frederick Douglass. I always remember wondering: where are the Black women in all this?...more

Madison Police Beating and Chapel Hill Shootings: Love Thy Neighbor?

If the recent police beating of an Indian grandfather and shooting deaths of three Muslim students are indication, seeing is believing....more
This is act of shame and violence by US Police who claim to protect. Too common these days the ...more

Children and Gun Safety: How Much Has Really Changed Since Newtown?

Over two years have passed since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and a new article at Huffington Post calls attention to the fact that over 100 children have died in unintentional gunfire since then. The findings come from a study released by Everytown for Gun Safety. ...more
The tide is turning! Many states have passed new laws--Washington, California, Colorado, ...more

Feminista Jones on Re-Creating an Icon in the Stunning ELLE Photoshoot, #WeAreBlackHistory

BlogHer Editor Feminista Jones and blogger Christina Brown joined a group of brilliant and gorgeous women to pose as civil rights activists and culture leaders in a photoshoot for ELLE called "#WeAreBlackHistory." ...more
I love this, though I'm struck at how the original photos showed these women in their natural ...more