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‘Hidden Figures’ Matters, Black Women’s Labor Matters

A new film is drawing a lot of attention because it depicts the Black women who were behind the Project Mercury and Apollo 11 missions. The film, called Hidden Figures, is important for many reasons. But, mainly, because it adds complexity to the ways that we envision Black womanhood and the histories that brought us to where we are today.

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Women Jailed at a Faster Rate than Men, Two-Thirds are Women of Color

According to the New York Times, a new study from the Vera Institute of Justice shows that the number of women in jails in the United States is increasing more quickly than the number of men in jails. The majority of these women are black or Hispanic and many are also low-income. The study suggests the increasing rate of female inmates has been overlooked by criminal justice reform efforts.

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Black Nerd Problems Editor: “Why We Won’t Be Reviewing ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ Upon It’s Release

This piece was originally written by William Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of BlackNerdProblems.com.


***Trigger Warning For Sexual Assault***
There was a point a few years ago where I wanted to be done with period films and TV shows. Either they had so few Black people in them it was as if we were to believe they hadn’t been invented until the early 70s. Or, the opposite, the show was about Black people and was supposed to show the unflinching horror and somehow, by movie’s end, the triumph of Black people in the face of evil incarnate. I didn’t drift from these movies because of what they showed, but mostly for what I felt the bundle of them implied: here’s some racism from fifty years ago or one hundred and fifty years ago because we don’t dare show you the racism that happened this morning. While not exclusive to slavery movies, slavery movies do indeed make up a large share of those productions. I can understand the person fatigued on that setting. It’s like getting a shot at your doctor appointment. Maybe it wasn’t a big shot that leaves your arm sore for a week, but they still shoved a sharp metal syringe into your shoulder. Likewise, even a really good slavery movie is still a slavery movie and I can empathize with not wanting to always indulge that.

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The Baltimore Police Betrayed Women and Sexual Assault Surviors

Among the worst findings from the Department of Justice’s report on the Baltimore Police Department is the revelation of BPD’s disrespect and dismissal of women facing sexual assault in Baltimore. The report discloses a pattern of gender discrimination and apathy toward individuals brave enough to report their sexual assault to the police. In a city that is 63% black and where 25% of citizens live in poverty, that means many low-income black women receive little assistance and support when they report sexual assault. 

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It Shouldn’t Be Surprising That Two Black Pitzer Students Didn’t Want White Roommates

Going to college at a predominantly White institution (PWI) as a queer Black woman was difficult on its own. However, when considering that I was also first-generation and low income, I was at a severe disadvantage academically, professionally and socially. This is why a recent story about a Pitzer College student’s request to live with non-white people struck such a chord with me.

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DOJ Releases Scathing Report on Baltimore Police, Tells Us What We Already Know

On August 10th, the Department of Justice released a report on the investigation of the Baltimore Police Department which confirmed that the BPD is locked in a pattern of power abuse and constitutional violations in its interactions with citizens and its administration of justice. The report shows that the department especially targets Baltimore’s black citizens and neighborhoods for unlawful stops, arrests, and use of force.

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Charlene Carruthers: “Body cameras don’t help us sleep at night.”

There have been varying levels of concern about the criminalization of Black women and children since 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was killed by Baltimore Police in her own apartment while holding her 5-year-old son. Similarly, conversation about excessive police violence has erupted following the video release of Paul O’Neal’s murder at the hands of Chicago Police.