“Make Me Wanna Holler”: How My Dad & His Music Influenced My Politics

We’d rather die on our feet
Than keep living on our knees
Say it loud
I’m Black, and I’m proud
Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)” – James Brown Read More “Make Me Wanna Holler”: How My Dad & His Music Influenced My Politics

Oh Shut Up, Rick Warren. And I Mean That Compassionately

This past week on Facebook, lots of people changed their profile pictures to a red equality sign to show their support of overturning the absurdly named Defense of Marriage Act. (Whose marriage does it defend? Not my Christian marriage of 20+ years to my husband, I assure you.) Read More Oh Shut Up, Rick Warren. And I Mean That Compassionately

No Legislation Without Fat And Female Representation

Unless you’ve been living under a lovely rock this week (and I would love to crawl under there with you), you’ve heard about the Congressional investigation into the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate spearheaded by Congressman Issa.

Here’s an image showing who was allowed to speak. Read More No Legislation Without Fat And Female Representation

Marriage Equality Passes NYS Assembly

Last night, the New York State Assembly voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, making it the fourth time in three years that the house has passed legislation that would legalize same gender marriage. Read More Marriage Equality Passes NYS Assembly

Coming to Terms with an Imperfect Idol

I love Myrna Loy. It started with the Thin Man films, a series of murder mysteries starring William Powell as a private detective named Nick Charles and Loy as his wife, Nora. Nick was very much the typical 1930s film male: dapper, quick-witted, drunk, and sexist. Rather than accept her husband’s conduct, Nora cut through Nick’s misogyny with rolled eyes and biting comments, refusing to take his obnoxious behavior seriously. Read More Coming to Terms with an Imperfect Idol

Badass Ladies Of History: Melba Pattillo Beals

With recent school cuts and the continuing onslaught on education in America, one can always be reminded of how much we still need to work towards the intended goals of 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education. Read More Badass Ladies Of History: Melba Pattillo Beals