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Veterans Day Spotlight: Shoshana Johnson, First Black Female Prisoner of War

Veterans Day is a good way to recognize the sacrifices that were made by ordinary citizens who made the choice to risk their lives on behalf of their country. It ...

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Kameelah Janan Rasheed: 5 Must-Read Interviews With Young Black Writers

You could probably call Photographer and Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed the bohemian Black Barbara Walters. In Rasheed’s conversations with creatives, especially Black creatives, her incisive questions often result in incredibly ...

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5 Tumblrs For Black Women Who Love Books

Part of the appeal of Tumblr is that it’s a place where you can find hilarious memes and be immersed in Black art and literature in equal measure. And in ...

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7 Quotes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Junot Diaz’s Mind

Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz isn’t just a MacArthur ‘genius grant’ and Pulitzer prize winner, he’s a wickedly smart public thinker who just gets it. From his public commentary about “decolonial ...

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Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist Essays, Issa Rae's Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl & More Must-Read Memoirs

Memoirs have quickly become all the rage with celebrities like 30 Rock star Tina Fey, Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amburos and Girls’ creator Lena Dunham each penning collections of personal ...

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‘Project Row Houses’ Highlights African-American Culture, History and Art in Houston’s Third Ward

In communities across America, shotgun houses are often regarded as eyesores or threats to property values, automatically relegated to condemnation and in some cases, slowly edged out by gentrification. But ...

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Women’s History Month: Four unsung black women you should know

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From The Grio — As with Black History Month, the focus on already well-known figures has been an ongoing criticism of Woman’s History Month. When it comes to black women, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells and Rosa Parks are on repeat. What makes...

In Celebration of Difficult Women: She’s Not Crazy, She’s My Friend

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In honor of Women’s History Month I’m dedicating various posts to the 10 different women who I’ve called my “best friend” at different times in my life, as well as the dozens of other women who are my close friends. Who’ve been there for me....

Women’s History Month: On the Importance of Black Women’s History

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The Grio — Women’s History Month starts today, and as African-American women, we may wonder where we fit into such a celebration. Coming right after Black History Month, which is meant to ameliorate the lack of attention paid to the achievements of blacks of both...

5 Queer Black Women Making History

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As women, it’s easy to find sisterhood in celebrating the many things we have in common. But the strength in sisterhood isn’t in our commonalities. Rather it lies in the celebration of our differences, and mutual respect for sisters of various races, classes, and sexual...