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Meet the ‘Radical Brownies’ – girl scouts for the modern age

The Pitfalls of Becoming a Complacent Ally

I Confronted Every Man Who Catcalled Me for a Week, and It Didn’t End Well

100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost

Trans Women of Color Deserve to Be Mourned as Much as Leelah Alcorn

Turkish women share harassment stories after grim murder

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Badass Black Feminists and Their Books That Shook the World

Barbara Smith

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You already know that I’m totally obsessed with Barbara Smith, so I’ll keep it short. Smith is a pillar in multiple facets of the women’s movement, having been pivotal in not only building an intersectional framework for social justice but also in creating Black women’s studies and Black feminism. Smith constantly amplifies the voices of the most marginalized in her work and organizing, acknowledging that to do so will ultimately liberate us all.

Books You Should Read Immediately: Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, Yours in Struggle, All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave, Home Girls: A Black Feminist AnthologyWritings on Race, Gender and Freedom: The Truth that Never Hurts

bell hooks

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bell hooks is known for her incisive and easy-to-digest writing style, which is usually employed to connect the dots between social systems of domination along the lines of race, class, and gender. She’s a prolific writer and “cultural critic” known for cutting right through the bullshit to the heart of social issues. hooks is also an esteemed academic, and she sees a keen potential for liberation in education.

Books You Should Read Immediately: Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and FeminismFeminist Theory: From Margin to CenterTalking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking BlackYearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural PoliticsBreaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual LifeOutlaw Culture: Resisting RepresentationsHappy to Be NappyFeminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

Beverly Guy-Sheftall

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Beverly Guy-Sheftall made herstory when she became Founding Director of the Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center – the first center of its kind on a Historically Black College / University campus. She’s also founding editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. Her work has expanded the breadth of Black women’s studies – and, in turn, the feminist movement – by provoking conversations about race within feminist academia. Also, if you remember the feminist frenzy over Nelly’s “Tip Drill” video (were we ever so young?), you remember Beverly Guy-Sheftall: her women’s studies class launched the national conversation around the music video’s depiction of Black women.

Books You Should Read Immediately: Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist ThoughtGender Talk: The Struggle for Equality in African American Communities

Bonnie Thornton-Dill

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Bonnie Thornton-Dill is an intersectionality pioneer. She played a key role in developing a body of academic work around the concept of intersectionality as Founding Director for both the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis and the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland and has contributed to or published various volumes on race, class, and gender in America. Without people like Thornton-Dill, feminism would’ve glossed over “intersectionality” the same way it glossed over “interlocking oppressions” years before in the Combahee River Collective statement. But I digress!

Books You Should Read Immediately: Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice

Dorothy Roberts

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Dorothy Roberts is an intellectual who pushes for policy change, specifically around issues of class, race, and gender in reproductive justice. She currently leads a double life as an academic and legal expert, where her work is at the forefront of shifting legal practice and feminist praxis.

Books You Should Read Immediately: Killing the Black Body

Patricia Hill Collins

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Patricia Hill Collins made the case in the 1990s that Black feminism was worth remembering. She’s published various books that analyze the history of Black feminism and how it changed the world through the actual stories of Black women and the compilation of their work. Her later work examined contemporary Black issues through a historical lens, as well as zeroing in further on various intersecting oppressions. Also, she was the first Black woman to lead the American Sociological Association. Just thought you should know.

Books You Should Read Immediately: From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism, Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New RacismFighting Words: Black Women and the Search for JusticeRace, Class and Gender: An AnthologyBlack Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment

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Vintage Photos That Celebrate Black Women’s Beauty

Margaret Tynes

The internationally known singer is pictured in 1959.

Josephine Baker

The dancer, singer, and actress is pictured in Château des Milandes, her home from 1937 to 1969.

Adelaide Hall

The entertainer is pictured in 1928.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown

Brown founded the Palmer Memorial Institute, a day and boarding school for African-Americans, in 1902. The educator and author is pictured here on her wedding day in 1911.

A Taste Of Honey

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Janice Marie Johnson (left) and Hazel Payne (right) were the duo known as A Taste of Honey, responsible for the 1978 hit “Boogie Oogie Oogie.”

Mary Lou Williams

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The jazz musician and composer is pictured circa 1944.

Nina Simone

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The musician is pictured in Pittsburgh circa 1965.

Princess Kouka of Sudan

The princess is pictured in her role in the 1937 movie Jericho.

Sister Sledge

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The sisters (left to right: Kathy, Debbie, Kim, and Joni) are pictured in 1981.

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Adult Wednesday Addams Takes on Catcallers

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Digital Influences Recreate Legendary Images of Black History Icons

The powerful photo series features some of today’s top digital influencers, recreating legendary images of black history icons. It’s as much a tribute to pioneers of yore as it is a celebration of the young women making a difference today. “The We Are Black History movement was created to honor our history,” Alexis said, “but also to foster a sense of unity among powerful black women voices in the digital space.” It’s the brainchild of Style Influencers Group, a network we founded to connect brands with influencers of color who are typically passed over in favor of their white counterparts. We hope both projects will give a voice to people who too often go ignored.

Feminist Blogger and Activist Feminista Jones as Betty Shabazz

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Ebony.com Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux as Angela Davis

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Trans Women of Color in Love

Olympia Perez and Sasha Alexander, Black Trans Media

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“Sasha Alexander Perez is the love of my life. I never imagined I would feel this alignment with another human. We have a beautiful #blacktranseverything life. Together we organize Black Trans Media, hosting community events and creating art/media for justice. Many of my Black trans sisters are being killed. I celebrate my abundance of love for all of them who had or never knew #blacktransloveiswealth.”

Janet Mock and Aaron Tredwell

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“What I love about our love is that I have a partner who is as committed to and invested in my dreams as he is to his own and ours. We’re a team, a family, and best of all, friends. Also, I always have someone to eat ribs and fried chicken with and never feel guilty.”

Zoë and Megan

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“To be honest, to tell the story of me and Megan is a dishonest tale. Not dishonest in the respect that our story or our love is fabricated, but dishonest in that our story is still being written. Every day, our story grows, our love grows, and the impact is infinite. As we grow independently every day, we grow together as a family, as two people who love each other unconditionally, without judgement, and always with open hearts.”

Precious Davis and Myles Brady

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“Our love is a divinely ordained thing that manifests itself in care for each other, our community, and anything within our sphere of influence. Our love is based in self-care for one another. Our love is an old school love in which courting is an essential element. He pursued me for a year before I said, ‘Yes.’ I’m so glad I did.”

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