Friday News Bites: Equality Steps Forward, Entertainment Steps Back

We’ve got a mixed bag this week of (mostly) good news on the LGBT front, and some sad/disappointing news in the entertainment world. Plus, the usual oddball links that strike my fancy. Let’s get to it.

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This Week in Misogyny Has Been Around the World

So much misogyny, so little time! We’ve got misogyny in every corner of the globe, more sexism at the Olympics, terrible dating advice, and so much more! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Has Been Around the World

This Week in Misogyny: New Year, Same Old Shit

Welcome to 2014! Things don’t seem to be much better here in the future, do they? (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: New Year, Same Old Shit

Kickstartable: A Documentary about Malnutrition in Uganda

This week’s Kickstartable project is a the production of a documentary called “From the Ground Up.” The project will specifically fund the editing of footage and creating a documentary that tells the story of Harvard students who are improving the lives of children suffering from malnutrition in Uganda. Read More Kickstartable: A Documentary about Malnutrition in Uganda

News in Africa: 11/15/2012

Various diplomats are urging Morocco and Western Sahara to enter serious negotiations to avoid outright conflict. Because of continuing unrest in Mali, there are fears that this instability will spread, igniting smoldering hostilities between Morocco and Western Sahara. Read More News in Africa: 11/15/2012

News in Africa: 11/01/2012

In this week’s highlight of African news, I’m going to start off with the bad news and end with the good, because then you can dwell on the positives instead of the negatives. Here we go! Read More News in Africa: 11/01/2012

Kampala Dance-Off

There comes a point when one must question the series of choices they’ve made in life. Whereas a single innocuous decision, such as accepting an invitation to a friend’s home, seems harmless, it has no doubt put them on a collision course with a formidable fate. A moment such as this came to me as I stood on the side of a road in Uganda stuffed into a short red dress and four inch stilettos. As men leaned out car windows and strangers’ necks snapped in my direction, the situation begged the question, “What is my life, even?” Read More Kampala Dance-Off

That Kampala Twang

As the sun rises over Kampala, the city begins to pulse with life. Taxi vans, belching out thick black smoke, lurch onto the roadside, picking up and dropping off customers. They speed back into traffic, competing for ever dwindling space with honking motorbikes, overloaded trucks, tilting semis, and droves of pedestrians. Breakfast stands open, shopkeepers start sweeping their stoops, calls to prayer sound off, and this East African capital becomes a thriving, swirling, eclectic mass.

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