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The Stigma of Black Suicide is Killing Us

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country's most beloved comedian had committed suicide. ...

Tenacious as Hell, Vividly: Wanda Ewing

Exactly four years ago, I noticed some small prints at a salon on the Upper East Side, the last place I expected to encounter art so critically charged. ...

Sinead O'Connor Pens Thoughtful Note To Clueless Miley Cyrus

Sinead O'Conn0r penned a thoughtful open letter to Miley Cyrus after the young singer had sited her elder stateswoman of song as an inspiration for "Wrecking Ball". ...

Aquarius Full Moon; The Water Bearer And The Lioness

I have been thinking a lot about responsibility lately, what I’m tied to, what I love, what I am creating, maintaining and magnetizing. ...

LGBTQ Christians Embracing celibacy

No joke. Progress has been made on federal and state levels concerning LGBTQ civil rights but many churches, especially in certain religious conservative circles, are far behind. ...

African American sisters aging with HIV and co-morbidities

Imani (not her real name) was thirty-two when she contracted HIV. Surrounded by sister-friends who died from the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle age. ...

Haiti Glass, Lenelle Moïse

Sometimes hearing hard truths are easier when packaged in poetic verse. ...

Divided LGBTQ communities on Israeli-Palestine conflict

As Secretary of State John F. Kerry flies to the Middle East to broker an Israeli- Palestine cease-fire, the tensions of this conflict have also divided our Boston LGBTQ communities. ...

Malala Yousafzai Speaks Out Againt Nigerian Kidnapped Girls

The 17 year old education activist, Malala Yousafzai, spoke to the parents of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. ...

Capricorn Full Moon; Gods Of Change

I’m flying straight into it. I have no other choice. When the pull is this great there are only two options: resist all and be torn to pieces or risk all and be torn to pieces. ...

In 2014 still not Independence Day for women

This month we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence. ...

My Dad Was James Brown. I Saw Him Beat My Mom.
Vulture
September 17, 2014

The beatings always begin the same way, with the same terrible sounds. My parents are in their bedroom, behind closed doors.

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Report: Joan Rivers' Doctor Took Selfie During Unauthorized Biopsy
jezebel
September 17, 2014

New details have come out about the medical procedure during which Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest, and they're really appalling.

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What links creativity, conspiracy theories, and delusions? A phenomenon called apophenia.
Slate
September 17, 2014

A German scientist named Klaus Conrad coined apophanie (from the Greek apo, away, and phaenein, to show) in 1958. He was describing the acute stage of schizophrenia, during which unrelated details seem saturated in connections and meaning.

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An Unlikely Ballerina
New Yorker
September 16, 2014

Rivka Galchen profiles Misty Copeland, ballet’s rising star, whose goal “is to become the first African-American principal dancer with A.B.T.”

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Rihanna to CBS and NFL: 'Fuck You!'
jezebel
September 16, 2014

Last week, the NFL tried to cover its ass for its abysmal handling of the Ray Rice elevator tape -- and its depraved indifference to domestic violence in general -- by, uh, canceling a game-opening sequence that featured Rihanna. Because Rihanna is a domestic violence survivor. Okay.

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Django Unchained Actress to Cops: 'Is It Just Because I'm Black?'
jezebel
September 16, 2014

An audio recording of an incident involving Django Unchained actress Danièle Watts and the LAPD was released on Monday.

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These Women's Cycling Team Uniforms Don't Exactly Photograph Well
gawekr
September 16, 2014

An unfortunately placed gold panel captured the imaginations of thousands of cycling enthusiasts this weekend when the Colombian women's team debuted their new team uniforms.

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‘Screwed’ New York artists are fleeing to Los Angeles
Page Six
September 16, 2014

Popular street artist Shepard Fairey — who created the “Hope” posters widely used during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — says New York City’s high cost of living is driving artists out of town to Los Angeles, and making LA the country’s new cultural hub.

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Wonder Woman’s Secret Past
newyorker.com
September 15, 2014

Jill Lepore on Wonder Woman’s real origin story: she was a utopian feminist creation, inspired by Margaret Sanger and the ideals of free love.

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Mark Sanford's Fiancee Found Out About Split From Facebook Post
Huffpo
September 15, 2014

The former fiancee of Rep. Mark Sanford found out the engagement was off the same way the rest of the world did: on Facebook written by Sanford... Meanwhile his ex-wife, demanded he undergo a psychiatric exam and take both anger management and parenting classes.

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My Year As an Abortion Doula
The Cut
September 15, 2014

What it's like to help other women end their pregnancies.

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The Woman Who Will Judge Oscar Pistorius
The New Yorker
September 11, 2014

In 1998, Masipa was appointed as a judge in the High Court of South Africa—only the second black woman to the bench. Albie Sachs, a former Constitutional Court Justice told me, “It was part of a breakthrough. In a sense, she is a pioneer.”

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Judge Finds Oscar Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder
NYmag
September 11, 2014

But the Olympic athlete still faces other charges.

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Does Anyone Care About an Apple Watch?
New Yorker
September 11, 2014

It’s still not clear whether people will actually be interested in the new products. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are incremental improvements on their predecessors. It is harder to predict what will happen with the Apple Watch...

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Planned Parenthood to Offer Birth Control and Counseling Online
jezebel
September 11, 2014

Birth control for everyone! Planned Parenthood services are available online if you live in Minnesota and Washington state and need medication and, soon, counseling for sexually transmitted diseases. They’re basically a nurse in your purse.

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Advice from Jenny Holzer for the NFL and Ray Rice
hyperallergic
September 10, 2014

Today's horrific video of football player Ray Rice knocking his girlfriend out cold and dragging her body out of an elevator in Atlantic City last May should appall everyone. The news coincides with the emergence of the #MaddenGiferator meme, which has been attempting to hijack EA's marketing

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Zoe Quinn’s Depression Quest
The New Yorker
September 10, 2014

Zoe Quinn has come under heavy criticism for her PC game Depression Quest, in which the player is cast as a person who suffers from depression.

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How men and women are critiqued in performance reviews
feministing.com
September 9, 2014

Kieran Snyder analyzed 248 performance reviews of generally high-performing men and women working in the tech industry. Here’s what she found:

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Radical Films About Young Women's Lives
Flavorwire
September 9, 2014

Precious bodily fluids abound in Wetlands. We’ve been anticipating David Wnendt’s provocative adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s novel since the start of the year, and the film has finally arrived in American theaters.

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