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Danielle M
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If You're Not About Justice I Want Nothing To Do With You
If you're not outraged about police brutality against Black Americans then I want nothing to do with you. Maybe that's blunt. But let me go further. If you're not in recognition that Black people-and Black people in particular- are being targeted by law e...

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The Hollaback Video is Racist, But That Doesn't Mean Street Harassment Isn't an Issue
I've noticed a trend: white women use white feminism to let white men off the hook for their sexism and Black men use white feminism (or the excuse: well what white women did was racist!) to let themselves off the hook for their sexism. In either case, when...

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Viola Davis Is Classically Beautiful Although It's Not Her Job to Be
I was very offended by the New York Times' article that insisted (among many other racist assertions) that Viola Davis isn't "classically beautiful." The author, a white female veteran journalist, said this along with calling Shonda Rhimes and the Black fem...

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"He Was No Angel": There is No Such Thing as Black Innocence
There is absolutely no regard for Black life. I say that without further qualification. I continue to be astounded by the way Mike Brown's death has been disrespected. He is continually victim blamed for his own death despite the overwhelming amount of evid...

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Solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri Protesters!
We all need to be paying careful attention to Ferguson, Missouri. This is where the revolution is beginning. Many Black folks have been wondering: when are we going to get angry about the amount of Black lives lost due to police brutality and white vigilant...

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My Best Friend is White: On the Joys and Perils of Interracial Friendship
One of my best friends is white. We met in fourth grade and have remained generally present in each other's lives ever since. It's going on thirteen years of friendship. And yet, it wasn't until last night that we had our first real conversation about race....

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Book Recommendations for Black Women!
Hello Readers! I'd like to share with you some of my favorite books that I own.  They cover broad genres such as historical or sociological scholarship, romantic fiction, non-fiction and they're American and non-American. But what they all have in common is...

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Why This Black Feminist Will Always Be Concerned About Black Male Issues
(March for Eric Garner in NYC) Many Black women are deeply hurt by anti-Black misogyny. Although anti-Black misogyny comes from everywhere it seems to be a particular betrayal when it comes from Black men. Social media and the internet in general has increa...

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For Women: The False Seduction of Giving up Power
The seduction of giving up one's power is always strong for a woman. I've been reading Maya Angelou's fourth autobiographical text The Heart of a Woman . A particularly fascinating part is when she meets a South African freedom fighter by the name of Vusumz...

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Personal Reflections on Black Immigrants and Transnational Boundaries
I finally finished reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Although it took me four months to complete it in the end it was an amazing book and it caused me to think deeply about my own national and ethnic identities. The book featured two main char...
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