Heads Up, Media: Racism is Not a "Controversy": Is all this bad news lowering the bar?

Why are we seeing some of the most disturbing revelations of racism, xenophobia, and hate speech filed neatly away under the vague header of "controversy"?

Popaganda: When Your Parents Are Deported

Imagine coming home from school and your dad is gone. On this Popaganda podcast episode, we hear the stories of two women who have tried to keep their families together even as the immigration system has torn them apart.  Read more »

Listening to Janelle Monae: Lean Close to Observe the Myriad of Lives, Desires, and Complexities of Black Women

In each of Monae’s performances, Monae demonstrates her understanding—no, overstanding—of the complexity of Black women’s lives, desires, and perspectives. Read more »

Shedding (Moon)Light on Toxic Masculinity: The Problem is Homophobia, not Gay Characters

Gay Black men are not a problem. Toxic masculinity, however, is. And the twisted view of manhood festering in some traditionalist corners is damaging to all Black men—as well as to women and girls. Read more »

Backtalk: Get Out & Uber Sexism

Spoiler alert: Get Out is a must-see. No, but really, we will spoil the film.  Read more »

Popaganda Episode: A Protest is Not a Riot

The movements that have arisen recently to challenge racism and violence in our justice system have created not only discussion and outrage, but a cultural shift. Out of racism and violence and sexism has come creativity: songs, chants, art, policy ideas, creative ways to push back against power... Read more »

Color and Desire: Lady Skollie's Politics of Lust

“I want [audiences] to see a different version of a woman of color from South Africa than they thought possible." Read more »

Backtalk: Milo's Demise & Vogue's Yellowface

Dahlia and Amy take small pleasures wherever they can get them, such as celebrating the public downfall of famed conservative troll, Milo Yiannopoulos. Writer Roxane Gay, who pulled her book from publishing with Simon & Schuster after they announced a book deal with Yiannopoulus, warns against... Read more »

Viola Davis and the Afro as Resistance

This is why we applaud Viola, because she publicly oscillates between afro and wig, which invalidates the idea that only a certain “type” of woman wears weave and that only a woman who burns incense wears an afro. Read more »

Reverberations: History and Legacies of Resistance in Black Women’s Music

These acts of transfer, of protesting social conditions and the status quo through music, continue to remain integral to Black women’s survival and protest. Read more »

Popaganda: Who Writes Our History?

History isn't static—it's the stories we tell ourselves about the past. And that story changes depending on who's doing the telling.   Read more »

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"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »

No Disrespect: Black women and the burden of respectability

In February 2012, PBS host Tavis Smiley interviewed Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer about their Oscar nominations for their roles as Aibileen and... Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the best... Read more »

Target Market: Black women with guns: frontier feminists or insurrectionists?

When I was 6 years old, my mother and I were robbed at gunpoint by two men looking for cash. One of them placed the gun at...

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