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Music

“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

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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.)

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Politics

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.

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Perspectives

It All Comes Back to Love

What can I even say? I didn’t know anything about Troy Davis’ plight or his case until last Wednesday night, when his life was taken by the state.

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News

The Waiting Game

As Jamie mentioned on Monday and I talked about last week, civil rights advocates in New York State are still waiting… and waiting… and waiting for marriage equality legislation to come up for a vote in the State Senate.

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News

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.

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Perspectives

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 […]

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History

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.

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Op Ed

On Marriage and the Role of Government

Yesterday, I came across this NYT blog piece about the change in support for and opposition to marriage equality over time. And last week, a new Sienna poll was released suggesting enormous support for marriage equality across all of New York state.

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History

Black History Month: Charlotte Forten Grimke

I was excited when I was asked to contribute to our Black History Month coverage by writing about one of the women on our banner. I already knew who I would choose, because she had caught my attention from the first time I watched the slideshow that Ophelia added in the beginning of February: Charlotte […]

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The Daily Goodie

Daily Goodie – 1/16

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Whether you have the day off or not, it’s nice to take a minute today to think of some of the amazing things Dr. King did to advance civil rights.  Today’s Daily Goodie is a clip from MLK speaking in Montgomery on March 25, 1965.  This isn’t a […]