Women

Women Go Topless To Protest Police Killing Black Women, Children

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April V. Taylor As part of a National Day of Action for Black Women and girls who have been killed by police, protesters in San Francisco stopped traffic in the city’s financial district, with some of the women going topless. Actions were held in dozens of cities across the country, with images being posted on social media using the hashtag ...

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Mothers Head To Washington D.C. To March Against Police Brutality In Million Mom March

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April V. Taylor As women all over the country prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, more than fifty mothers who have lost children to police brutality have gathered in Washington D.C. for the Million Moms March to rally and speak at the Department of Justice. Organized by Maria Hamilton, whose mentally ill son Dontre Hamilton was killed by a Milwaukee ...

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Pressure To ‘Be Strong’ Causing Black Women To Deny, Ignore Depression

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April V. Taylor There is already a stigma associated with mental health in the Black community, and one of the areas where this stigma has an extremely negative impact is with Black women and depression. Incidences of depression among Black women are severely under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated.Seeking treatment for depression is in stark contrast to the misconception that Black women ...

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Government Prosecutors Demanded Sterilization Of Women In Exchange For Plea Bargains

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April V. Taylor The Guardian is reporting that prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee have offered sterilization to women as a condition to avoid jail time in plea agreements. In at least four cases in the last five years, some of which included defendants with a history of mental illness and drug use, sterilization was offered as a component of a plea ...

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Marissa Alexander Reveals Husband’s Lies That Sent Her To Jail, Pain As An Incarcerated Mother

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April V. Taylor After finally being set free, Marissa Alexander recently opened up to Essence about the day that changed her live forever. Alexander was released to house arrest after serving three years for firing a warning shot after her estranged abusive husband, Rico Grey, flew into a rage. Her journey through the criminal justice system has been harrowing and ...

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VIDEO: Police Shoot 17-Year-Old Girl In Head Execution Style, Family Suing

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April V. Taylor The family of 17-year-old Derrinesha Clay has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Lansing Police Department, and a judge recently decided that the lawsuit can proceed.  The lawsuit stems from a 2011 incident in which Clay broke into a local Bank of America branch.  It is unclear what her intentions were, but she wound up hiding ...

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Israel Admits To Forcibly Injecting Black Immigrants With Birth Control

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April V. Taylor Israel has admitted that it forcibly and without consent gave birth control injections to Ethiopian Jewish immigrants, according to a report in Haaretz.  An investigative journalist uncovered the fact that most of the women who were given the birth control shots were not aware they were being given birth control and did not consent.  Since that discovery, ...

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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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