by Audrey Elisa Kerr
Last year, University of Virginia professor W. Bradford Wilcox -- Director of the National Marriage Project – did an interview wherein he asserted that being raised by a single mother is among the worse scenarios for children, even if you are not desperately poor.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent revealed her sexuality in a blog post last month after her home state’s ban on recognizing out-of-state gay marriages was ruled unconstitutional. The state is in the midst of an ongoing battle over marriage equality.
On February 20, Trent wrote on her blog that she is "queer."
by Tikia Hamilton
“You think about race too much,” a friend recently messaged me in response to one of my social media posts. A Latina woman from New York, she insisted that, were I to adopt a more “color-blind” outlook during my interactions with people, I’d find greater peace. It’s possible. Given the absurd racist encounters I seem to experience quite frequently, perhaps it is true that I need to take my friend’s advice and “see race” less. Then, too, I must learn to mind my own business, as she also urged me to do. Perhaps in this way, I will avoid the type of blow-ups that seem only to occur to folks, like me, who just might be living our lives with a bit of a racial chip on our shoulders.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
by Tasasha Henderson
For the past few months on twitter, my timeline was inundated with discussions about feminism; what it is and isn’t, who is or isn’t a feminist, White feminism, Black feminism, and on and on and on. Listening to Beyonce’s new album and following the discussion about whether or not the album is feminist (@thetrudz has a great post about the Black feminism of Beyonce’s album, here), got me thinking about my first exposures to feminist ideals, which, aside from the women in my community, was through music.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
by Audrey Elisa Kerr
The obnoxious behavior started before I was even hired.
At my interview to become the second black, tenure-track faculty member (and first black woman) at a large University, I was pleased to see a black face in the crowd. After my job talk, as I chatted eagerly with the university’s provost, the black man from the audience walked over, stood between the provost and me and said to me,“I need to talk to you, now please.” The sea of white faces around me looked both horrified and embarrassed
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
by Charday Ward
The 2014 Academy Awards was a night of victory not only for Lupita Nyong’o, John Ridley and the entire cast and production of 12 Years a Slave, but also for all Black Americans, past, present and future. 12 Years A Slave is Black History; by depicting the autobiographical details of Solomon Northrup’s kidnapping and subsequent enslavement, it tells the story of the struggle enslaved Black people endured and triumphed through. With truthfulness and grace it exposes an ill of early American history, and reminds us from whence we came and why we should be proud of both our ancestors and ourselves. Because our story was recognized and celebrated, we were all made winners this award season.
by Demetria Jackson
In February, my partner and I celebrated 9 years together.
For those of you already doing the math in your head - yes, that means we were high school sweethearts.
The thing about being high school sweethearts is that you grow up together and in that process you, of course, make a lot of mistakes. You’re both trying to figure out what adulthood looks like for you, as an individual, and then also trying to compare it with what adulthood looks like for you as a person in a long-term relationship. It’s a hard, trying process; but it’s worth it.
“You’re just mad that I am smarter than you.” I remarked to my parents.
My mother laughs as she recounts that day. She laughs because it was true but she also laughs because the same could be said today by my 7 year old daughter.
My daughter Jordan, has an IQ of 134. She began reading at age 3 and received her membership to MENSA this past December. My daughter is smarter than me.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Oprah and Jay Z may be BFF now, but there was a time when Oprah was not hesitant to express her distate for the misogyny in the genre. While Oprah invited hip hop artists like Kanye West, Puff Daddy, and LL Cool J on her show, she made it clear that she would not tolerate certain discourse in the music. On her eponymous show back in the late-2000s, Oprah publicly called out rap artists like 50 Cent, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg for their misogynistic lyrics.