Straight Outta Solidarity: Hypocrisy and the New NWA Film

By the end of this week I believe that a magical transformation is going to take place.  Certain African-Americans, who speak of improving our situation and claim to be in favor of respect and dignity for the women in our community, are going to support “Straight Outta Compton” when it is released on Friday August 14th, […]

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The Checklist: Rape Culture, Safety and Paranoia

The struggle with this particular fear of mine is real. I carry it with me constantly: the fear of being subjected to rape and worse. It’s not always a conscious thought. But the worry of it is a part of my life as a woman, so ingrained that it has become normalized to me. I […]

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Mrs. Me Too

I spent last Saturday night watching HBO’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper, a documentary about accused serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. You can watch the trailer below: What disturbed me most about the documentary was the level of indifference shown to the victims. Franklin’s friends in particular let on that they knew something was off with Franklin’s dealings […]

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