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"Why Couldn’t You Just Keep Your Knees Together?" and What Else Upholds Rape Culture

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It’s the same person who says, “Maybe if her dress wasn’t so short, she could have prevented it.” It’s the same person who asks first, “What was she wearing? Was she drunk? Did she lead him on?” It’s the same person who cites someone’s sexual history as a justifier. It’s the same person who dismisses and attributes physically rough behavior to “boys will be boys.” It’s school dress codes, in…

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Alton Sterling

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From my Facebook page… I don’t have the strength to write about Alton Sterling. One of the worst things in the world is knowing that your people are under attack; and despite the many advancements made across different platforms and minds, we are still being wrongfully executed at an alarming rate and proportion. What hurts maybe just as much are the people who justify our deaths. Most of these people…

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On the Racist Backlash Against Deshauna Barber

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From my Facebook page… Sometimes, I really want to weep for the United States of America. Last night, Deshauna Barber, a Commander in the United States Army and Miss District of Columbia, was crowned Miss USA. I’ve never followed the pageant closely, but it didn’t take long to see the racist backlash. Some people attacked Barber for her answer to a question about women in the military; however, more people…

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Every Racist, Cultural Appropriating, and Insensitive Thing Done During the MTV VMAs

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Against my better judgment, I watched the MTV VMAs last night. The event hosted some crazy outfits, weak performances, bad jokes, and shade; and some great moments like Big Sean’s acceptance speech and Tori Kelly’s incredible performance were absolute gems (Tori was actually my sole reason for watching the show). However, I was not even an hour into the show before I was astounded by the level of blatant disrespect.…

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Beyoncé Launches Vegan Food Delivery Service with Trainer Marco Borges

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Put the burger down. We can be fed by Beyoncé now. Introducing 22 Days Nutrition’s vegan meal delivery service, created by Beyoncé and her trainer Marco Borges. The idea came after Beyoncé and husband Jay Z participated in the 22 Days Nutrition challenge in the winter of 2013. The challenge is rooted in the idea that it takes 21 days to break and make habits. During her 2013 challenge, Bey…

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Oscar de la Renta: 10 Favorite Quotes

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I was very saddened to learn of yesterday’s passing of legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, aged 82. The late designer was truly an inspiration and one of the classiest and most elegant gentlemen in fashion. In tribute, here are ten of my many favorite quotes from the significant fashion spearhead. “You have to walk like you have three men walking behind you.” “I hate pretty. It’s a very…

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Dear Donald Sterling

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Dear Donald Sterling, I am a young African American woman who has been disturbed by the comments you’ve made. I’m not writing this to address the recording that was released a couple of weeks ago, nor I am writing to address the subsequent releases of your phone conversations. I hear foolishness like your comments at least once a week; and to be frank, comments like yours coming from someone like…

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Kwasi Enin: The Long Islander Accepted By All 8 Ivy League Universities

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Getting accepted into ONE Ivy League school is a notable accomplishment. Kwasi Enin got accepted into all of them. Yes, you read it right. Enin, a 17-year-old senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic, New York, got a scholastic royal flush by getting accepted by Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, and finally, Harvard. Enin is a first-generation American, whose parents, both nurses, emigrated from Ghana.…

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On The Racist Backlash Against Nina Davuluri

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Thirty years ago, in 1983, a Syracuse University student named Vanessa Williams became the first African-American to win Miss America. Yesterday (15 September), a Syracuse University student named Nina Davuluri became the first Indian-American to win Miss America. I’ve never followed the competition too closely, but I was made aware of Davuluri’s win via Facebook. On my timeline, one of my high school classmates posted a status that said, “An…

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On Putin's Plea

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On 11 September, Russian president Vladimir Putin appealed to Americans via an Op-Ed in The New York Times. The article was entitled “A Plea for Caution From Russia: What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria.” First, I must note that it’s highly uncommon for a president of another country to be published in The New York Times, so this is rather cool, to say the least. I read…

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