Women

Marissa Alexander Released From Jail

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April V. Taylor After being sentenced in 2012 to 20 years for firing a warning shot into the ceiling during an altercation with her abusive husband, Marissa Alexander has finally been released from a Jacksonville jail under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she has already served behind bars. Alexander had the original conviction overturned ...

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Black Colorism: How Light Skin Can Be Just As Soul Scarring As Dark Skin

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There has been a lot of debate recently about colorism, specifically whether or not light skinned Black women have experiences that are just as painful, scarring and conflicting as those of dark skinned Black women. The catalyst for these conversations has been a new documentary by producer Bill Duke. Duke’s 2012 documentary “Dark Girls” explored the experiences of living in ...

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Black Women and Police Violence: Turning Tragic Loss Into Triumphant Leadership

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April V. Taylor As the nation continues to mobilize around the failure of grand juries to indict white police officers for killing Michael Brown, John Crawford, and Eric Garner, it is Black women who are leading the fight in their communities to put an end to the modern day lynchings and genocide of Black people.  It is women who have ...

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Black Soldiers Killed At Higher Rates Than White Soldiers

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The armed forces was long marketed as a way for lower income young adults to get a college education or skill and see the world, but with the United States having been embroiled in turmoil in the Middle East for more than a decade now, that promise of dreams fulfilled has been tarnished as soldiers have continued to come home ...

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This mother-daughter team is warning others about cervical cancer

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Nneka and Mary “Dicey” Scroggins are getting applauded nation wide for their hard work to help keep the public informed on important health issues.  The two are from Washington, DC and the mother/daughter team is helping to fight the battle against cervical cancer, which kills quite a few women of color every year.  In many cases, the cancer is caused ...

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A Mother’s White Privilege | Elizabeth Broadbent

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  As the ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri show us, America’s racial tensions didn’t disappear when George Wallace backed down from the schoolhouse door. Dr. King didn’t wave a magic wand, and we never got together to feel all right. White America remembers this at ugly flashpoints: the Rodney King beatings, the OJ Simpson trial, the Jena Six, Trayvon Martin’s ...

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Woman’s frightening standoff with the LAPD is both courageous and scary

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We don’t know who this woman is, but her standoff with the Los Angeles Police Department has gotten a lot of attention.  It’s not clear that we can say this was a case of injustice, because we don’t know what the cops wanted her for.  We do know that it’s scary and that the person holding the camera is clearly ...

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Are Universities Properly Handling Rape Cases?

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The demand for accountability from higher education in its dealing with sexual harassment cases is reaching national heights. Within the hallowed halls of the college campus, sexual harassment cases are not given the attention it needs to change on an institutional level. Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino, former University of North Carolina students and leaders in this public discussion ...

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ColorofChange Calls For Less Violence on Real Housewives of Atlanta

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ColorOfChange, a Civil Rights organization that strengthens African Americans political voice, is tired of Bravo Tv’s portrayal of African American women. According to The Hollywood Reporter the civil rights organization was in outrage when two of the housewives had a physical altercation during the reunion. The reunion aired on Sunday. The Housewives in question were Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams. Moore ...

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Does America Produce A High Number Of Rapists?

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by Afiya J. Watkins Few things are as degrading or devastating to experience than rape. It is a total violation of not only the body, but also the mind and spirit, often leaving the victim emotionally broken. For this reason and many others, it’s disturbing to note that there is a rape culture alive and well in our society. Although ...

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