Tami Winfrey's Recent Articles

Being Selfish: Having Control and Being Selfish With Our Bodies

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There is nothing selfish about self care. Yes, numerous ads for spas and fancy lotions and rich chocolates make it seem that doing for self is an indulgence — some sort of naughtiness. It isn’t. In fact, for women especially –disproportionately charged with being the...

The Lie of Inherent Black Dysfunction

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Over the weekend, President Obama took time out of addressing graduates at the celebrated, historically-black, all-male, private college, Morehouse, to remind about black men who make bad choices, chalking up failures to The Man and myriad other excuses. “We know that too many young men in our...

Program Helps Girls of Color Celebrate their “Fly”

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“We live in a culture that says girls can’t be smart and beautiful. They have to choose one or the other and only as they get older do they work to claim their full sense of self. I say let’s start that process younger,” says...

Have You Considered Womanism?

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I am a proud feminist. A black feminist. Oh, I’ve had my moments when, fed up with racial tensions within the movement, I’ve threatened to flounce. But in the end, I refuse to abandon an ideology I think is a foundation of equality and a...

Marriage is Like Kitchenware and It Doesn’t Matter What Men Want.

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Last Sunday afternoon found me on my knees, waist deep in the corner cupboard of my kitchen, looking for the damned lid for my favorite saucepan. Here it is! … no, too big … finally! … mmm, no—steamer top … aha! … God, I don’t...

Five reasons to embrace social media as a news source

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I first received news about the tragedy in Newtown through a CNN alert in my work inbox and then turned immediately to Twitter as the story unfolded. Weeks before that, on election night, I watched my Twitter feed more closely than MSNBC or C-SPAN. And...