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4 Queer Hip Hop Artists Better Than Macklemore

Asam Ahmad on January 30, 2014

Sometimes American pop culture can feel like an unending cannibalistic orgy where Black and African-American art forms are constantly consumed and regurgitated by White artists for more money, more fame and more credibility. As Jon Caramanica wrote in the New...

Woody’s Women: Bodies of Color, White Feminism, and the Golden Globes

Hannah Giorgis on January 15, 2014

Sunday night’s Golden Globes were a spectacle—and not just because Emma Thompson sauntered onstage with her heels in one hand and a martini in the other (more power to ya, girl). The 71st Annual Golden Globes were more than just...

The Revolution Will Not Be (Russell) Brand-ed

Suey Park and Isabelle Nastasia on October 29, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, actor and comedian Russell Brand has been praised by several blogs and social media users for his viral video and last week’s New Statesman manifesto calling for revolution. The headlines speak for themselves: “Russell...

Post Miley Cyrus Era, A Black Man Giving Up Colorblind Feminism

William C. Anderson on October 21, 2013

I learn more reading what feminist women of color write on Twitter than I feel I could learn in many gender studies college courses. Firestorms of conversation are happening around feminism and race. And for many of us men who...

Chris Brown, Jezebel, and Getting Rape Wrong

William C. Anderson on October 08, 2013

We’ve come a long way on certain issues relating to gender, sexuality, and assault. But some things take longer than others. We specifically still have trouble accepting that boys and men are sometimes the survivors of sexual assault. At best,...