Activism

Are You an Armchair Activist?

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Activists are important facets in pushing back against oppression and questioning power structures. Activists raise awareness for social injustices. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist. bell hooks is an activist. President Obama was an activist when he was organizing in Chicago....

An Activist Fights Breast Ironing, a Ritual Mutilation Practice of Girls in Cameroon

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In Cameroon, the breast, one of the most conspicuous signs of a woman’s femininity, is a target for ritual mutilation. Breast ironing, a practice that involves flattening a young girl’s breasts with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells among other objects, is typically carried out by...

Harry Belafonte Says Jay-Z and Beyoncé ‘Have Turned Their Back on Social Responsibility’

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In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter to discuss his Golden Leopard Honor Award at the Locarno Film Festival, Harry Belafonte had some interesting things to say about contemporary entertainers. The 85-year-old actor, singer, and longtime activist is apparently dismayed at the current state...

Ugandan Artist Turns Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Playground For Kids

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The last time the world heard about Uganda it was through the Kony 2012 viral video. The film, which aimed to make war criminal Joseph Kony “famous” and lead to his arrest, was viewed by millions of people all over the world. At the time,...