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You may know journalist Shaun King’s byline from his many articles on police brutality as Senior Justice Writer for the New York Daily News, and as a contributor to the Daily Kos. Or maybe you follow him on Facebook like more than a million other readers. It’s also possible you’ve seen him on your college campus, speaking about the social justice issues he so passionately covers. But, inside the Brooklyn home he shares with his wife, Rai, and their five children, he’s just Dad. “Nobody...
Comic books are experiencing a sort of Renaissance these days, which is thrilling for adult comic book nerds. But what about their kids, cousins, younger siblings, or children they babysit? Although an adult who loves comics may want to persuade a young reader to read about their favorite hero, some comics may be a bit too advanced or, dare I say, irrelevant for a kid or teen's experience. In 2016, DC Comics sought a solution for the tween demographic and released DC Super Hero Girls, a series...
It’s easy to say the best things in life are free when you actually have money. Being poor is a crippling state of existence, something one will never truly escape, even after rising above the poverty line. In Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (Hachette Book Group, out February 27), editor Michelle Tea compiles essays from various writers who’ve experienced poverty firsthand. Originally published in 2003, this is the book’s second edition, which contains new essays and an updated introduction. Tea...

I’m beautiful. I say it under the dim bathroom light: I. Am. Beautiful. I take solace in the light on my face. I take solace in the light on my skin, on the fat that creases and bulges. I hold my stomach in my hands, squish and squash my love handles. Rub my flank, along the length of ribs, down to the pelvis. The stretch marks are lines on paper; they’re crooked and scribbled on my skin. Each line and L, elongated. I love my body. Sometimes I...

  This week brings the long-awaited premiere of Black Panther, along with Crunk Feminist Collective cofounder Brittney Cooper’s new book and the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend finale. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to everything ourselves, but when we have, we’ll include a link (or a note if it's in print but not yet online).  MOVIES Black Panther Black Panther is finally here! And with a cast that includes Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright, we can’t wait to watch it. Directed by Ryan Coogler....
We’re sharing with your our sidebar spotlighting new books by black feminist writers from our new February/March print issue. Be sure to show these authors some love by picking up a copy of one — or all — of these four books about feminism and race. When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter MemoirBy Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele(St. Martin’s Press) In this groundbreaking memoir, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, with coauthor asha bandele, weaves together stories of her family, both chosen and...
Dr. Nan Savage Healy's book Toni Wolff & C. G. Jung: A Collaboration explores how analyst Toni Wolff's ideas and work were basically stolen by Carl Jung, who appropriated Toni’s insights and theories and gave her no credit.  In 1910, Toni was a young student from a wealthy Zurich family when she met Jung, who was married and middle-aged. As she worked with Jung, among other things, Wolff developed and elaborated on fundamental archetypal roles for women, especially the maternal (mother) and hetaira (courtesan), both...
Published in 1875, The Lover’s Poetic Companion and Valentine Writer is a book intended for Victorian ladies and gentlemen “who wish to address those they love in suitable terms.” It contains a variety of Valentine verses, ranging from the sweet to the satirical. The book promises that these “Love Lyrics” are harmless and that even the more comical lines do not descend into vulgarity. But what these verses lack in vulgarity, they more than make up for in unkindness and — in some instances —...
In White Houses (Random House), celebrated writer Amy Bloom imagines the relationship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, the journalist who covered Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential campaign and then developed a close relationship with Eleanor. “Hick” was known as a lesbian and she was also known to say she was in love with Eleanor. Although historians acknowledge the two women exchanged letters and were openly affectionate, whether they had a physical relationship is still debated. The novel, told from Hickok’s point of view, is...
  Moms come in all shapes, sizes, and hold all sorts of jobs. But, at the end of the day, they all have one thing in common: They all love their babies. Written by Juniper Fitzgeral and illustrated by Elise Peterson, the new picture book How Mamas Love Their Babies (Feminist Press) explores the myriad occupations mothers hold that allows them to provide for their children. Through vibrant, colorful collages, the book draws beautiful parallels between the work women do at their jobs — from sex work to...