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Ashley Judd Was Smart to Bow Out of Senate Bid

Ashley Judd’s announcement Wednesday that she would not challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014 proves that she is smart enough to know who her real opponent would be: Ashley Judd....more

Adria Richards and Zerlina Maxwell: Black Women Threatened For Speaking Out

In the online world, the sentiment “agree to disagree” doesn’t seem to exist.And sometimes, disagreeing with popular opinion draws threats of rape or death. Among black female bloggers, recent events involving technology expert Adria Richards and political analyst Zerlina Maxwell have sparked a huge discussion about whether black women face disproportionate -- and racialized -- backlash when they voice their opinions....more
Ever since I was little I have received the message that females should keep our mouths shut ...more

New Data: GOP Can Make Inroads with Latinos on Immigration

Since last November's election, pundit after pundit --- even those who lean right -- has said that the Republican party needs to win minority voters who cast their ballots overwhelmingly Democratic. Adriana Maestas at Latino Politics Blog has been watching this issue and tells us about a new study that there maybe be hope for the GOP to become a big tent, after all:...more

Gay Marriage Bans Don't Help Children, or Society

In light of the Supreme Court reviewing Prop. 8 and DOMA this week, a personal realization has come to light: If you had asked me ten years ago if same-sex marriage mattered to me, my answer would have been, “meh.”In fact, at my extra-legal wedding, (ten years ago in June) that was my answer when someone asked me if my partner and I would be traveling to Canada to marry where it had recently become legal....more
@Hellz_Belle Awww... thanks! You are too kind.more

How I Changed My Mind About Marriage Equality

I have wanted to write and share about this for a while. With this week being so pivotal in the United States Supreme Court, it seemed to be the right time for me to do so.I haven't always believed in marriage equality and I am the first to admit that. The idea made me uncomfortable, especially because I didn't know anyone personally (or at least didn't realize that I did) whom it effected....more
@one_woman  This is such a difficult area of life ,and I am so glad that Jesus is compassionate ...more

SCOTUS on Prop. 8: When Did Gays Get Into the Constitution?

Analyses, prognostications and educated guesses abound after Tuesday’s argument before the United States Supreme Court on the merits and legal technicalities of California’s Proposition 8....more
@nickelshrink Precisely why the anti-marriage equality lawyers are having such a hard time ...more

North Dakota Passes Strictest Abortion Law in Country

I thought it was over. I really did. After last year’s obsessive focus by conservatives to restrict women’s rights, to control our personal decisions about our health and our families, I thought they might back off. Get the message. They lost the election, and badly. ...more
@Mona Gable Out of curiosity, here's my question: at what point in a pregnancy is it the best ...more

Marriage Equality Before the Supreme Court: Prop 8 and DOMA

This is a big week for the future of gay marriage. Today and tomorrow, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear testimony for two key cases involving the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Tuesday, the high court listened to arguments for and against Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot measure aimed at defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman....more
Definitely following the cases, thanks for the links and resources.  Shared my thoughts (and ...more

Farewell to Chinua Achebe

On March 21, Chinua Achebe, the groundbreaking African writer whose work has been read by millions, died in Boston. I heard about his death early on the morning of March 22, and slipped my copy of Things Fall Apart, his first and arguably most famous novel, from my bookshelf to look through it again in tribute to this great author....more
@Patton Thanks so much.more

Re-Branding Asian American Stereotypes

Usually we think of branding as something a company does to improve its image. But what about when a racial group is constantly stereotyped? A group of Asian American thought leaders gathered in Los Angeles over the weekend for Beyond the Bad and the Ugly, the first-ever summit on on these stereotypes. One of the most interesting ideas to come out of this meeting of the minds, comes from actor and freelance branding consultant Kate Rigg....more
I think what needs to happen is for more Asian Americans to become screenwriters and directors, ...more