A new YouTube series is taking on race and gender. Tales from the Kraka Tower, created by University of South Florida MA student Aphrodite Kocieda, is equivalent to the academic version of Awkward Black Girl.
Brittney Griner, the 6’8 Phoenix Mercury rookie and the new face of the WNBA, graces the cover of ESPN: The Magazine’s Taboo issue, which will be on newstands in a few days.
In the cover story, Griner talks about coming out, the bullying she experienced, her experience living in a “glass closet” while attending college, and sexual identity:
According to the Center for American Progress, a whopping 97 percent of women are working jobs men are typically getting paid more for.
Of the 534 professions listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn more than men in just seven of them.
Harvard University students are up in arms over a scheduled performance from YMCMB rapper Tyga at their annual Yardfest.
A petition launched by senior Leah Reis-Dennis is demanding that organizers pull him from the line-up.
The students say Tyga’s music promotes sexism and rape culture.
President Obama is facing criticism for calling California Attorney General Kamala Harris “by far, the best-looking attorney general.”
Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser, Obama called Harris “brilliant,” “dedicated” and “tough.” He then added, “She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general.”
Many are calling his comments sexist, and inappropriate considering the hurdles women face in being recognized for their talents and accomplishments.
Black gay youth face a unique set of challenges in coming out to family and friends, according to a recent study.
The report – authored by Michael C. LaSala, director of the Master of Social Work program at Rutgers University School of Social Work – asserts that these young men face rigid and exaggerated conceptions of masculinity, making it more difficult for them to find acceptance or accept themselves.
Furthermore, black gay men face a myriad of intersecting oppressions (i.e. racism, homophobia, sexism), and elicit a particular kind of disdain and worry from within their communities and families.
By many accounts, the prevailing narrative of this year’s presidential election was that Republicans have alienated women and people of color.
But it seems the GOP didn’t get that memo.
Yesterday John Boehner announced the 19 House Committee Chairs for the next Congress.
All of them are white men.
During a recent interview on NPR, comedian and Obama stan, D.L. Hughley unequivocally confirmed his misogyny.
D.L. Hughley claims to genuinely not like women.
The internet is still up in arms about the debut music video from 6 year-old rapper Albert Roundtree Jr.
The video, entitled “Booty Pop,” features little Albert rapping pool side, while scantily clad women “booty pop” all around him. At one point he even sprays one of them down with a water gun.
Although his parents actually paid for the video, and the director is claiming that the whole thing is meant to be “satire,” it’s still hard to see how there could be any justification for featuring a child in a music video like “Booty Pop.”
Marissa Alexander had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a gun over the head of her abusive husband during a violent confrontation in 2010.
Alexander claimed that during the fight she’d fled to her garage, but was unable to open its electronic door. She then grabbed a gun that she’d stashed there and returned to the kitchen, where she fired a shot above her husband’s head. Her husband was standing with his two sons at the time of the shooting.
Despite widespread protests and calls for Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to be evoked in Alexander’s favor, the judge ruled against her. According to the Grio, the judge felt that “by returning to the house, she demonstrated that she was not in fear for her life.”
According to Loop 21, abused Florida wife and mother Marissa Alexander has been denied a new trial, and thus still faces 20 years in prison.
As we reported to you last month, Alexander stood her ground against an abusive husband, firing a gun into the ceiling to scare him away. While the “Stand Your Ground” law initially allowed George Zimmerman to go free after shooting Trayvon Martin, it did not protect Marissa Alexander.
A few weeks ago, writer slash (cultural) critic slash Twitter all-star, Toure published a piece in the The New York Times about the allegedly recent flurry of white women rappers. From rehashing black respectability in an article about Michael Vick, to considering the black middle class in a discussion of the Obamas’ vacationing tendencies, Toure is no stranger to writing incendiary and ill-conceived articles. And this latest work is no different. Like the ones before them, this story generated a considerable amount of discussion on Twitter and other social media outlets where anyone with an internet connection can articulate her beef.
In the piece, Toure argues that even within a genre considered so hypermasculine and black, the combination of the largely white male demographic that listens to rap music and Americans’ overall obsession with blondes indicates that eventually–perhaps even soon and very soon–a white woman rapper or several will garner mainstream attention. Toure then goes on to list a small group of white women emcees who have gained some notoriety on the web.
Let’s talk about empathy. Why? Because intersectionality–this concept that all isms have the same perpetrator and depend upon each other to oppress various groups/identities–never struck me hard until i thought critically about this erroneous course in sexuality I’m taking. Granted, I disagree with most of my professor’s outdated perspectives, i still give partial credence to my professor for making me play the opposition (perceive my position as a member of an oppressive group, men). Having to defend the intentions of masculinity, and thereby seriously embodying an emblem of manhood, brought me to a more intimate proximity with the grievances of a womyn’s experience. The final acknowledgement of subversive interactions with womyn, that rarely is the object of contemplation, strengthened my advocacy for an intersected approach to deconstructing an exploitative system.
As I walked home yesterday from the market with my several bags of groceries and my godson in toe being harassed by young black men who probably could be my nephews, I finally understood why many Black men act the way they do. Why they are completely impervious to emotions. Why they can sleep with countless numbers of women and men and deny their sexuality. Why they have so much free time to harass me as I walk down the street (al. holding constant the double digit unemployment rate in the black community). Why they can walk away from raising their children. Yes, I know why they act the way they act. It’s pretty simple. They have no social responsibility and by extension no emotional responsibility.
The Black Youth Project examines the attitudes, resources and culture of the young black millennials.