It’s no secret that racial tension, largely in relation to discriminatory policing practices, is one of the most talked about social justice issues in the U.S. right now—the unfortunate truth is that violence targeting minorities is not a thing of the past. But the good news is that activists are fighting hard for change, and some of them are our favorite comedians: among others, Aparna Nancherla and Abbi Crutchfield will be telling ... Read More
BY Marissa Dubecky
on Jan 22, 2015
Roxane Gay has always had a full schedule, and fortunately for her followers, it seems she’s only getting busier. Following the May 2014 release of her first novel, An Untamed State, Gay’s collection of essays titled Bad Feminist became a New York Times bestseller. Its success sent her on a national book tour and propelled her in the direction of “household name” status (a feminist scholar developing this much clout? We are so excited ... Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Jun 11, 2014
In January, Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox and transgender model Carmen Carrera sat down with Katie Couric to discuss their blossoming careers, future pursuits, and their experiences as high profile transgender women. After just a short moment of talk-show-interrogation-style questions, Couric hit a knowledge barrier. Although the intent of Couric’s questioning was to “educate” the public about the trans community, her misuse of ... Read More
on Jun 11, 2014
“My aspiration in life, is to be happy” begins Beyoncé’s song “Pretty Hurts” off her album BEYONCÉ. Apparently her aspiration is to make quite a lot of other people happy as well.
On June 3rd CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter presented a $125,0000 donation to Embrace Innovations to provide 320 Embrace infant warmers to 100 rural health facilities in 11 Millennium Village sites across 10 ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 03, 2014
Yuri Kochiyama died peacefully in her sleep on May 31, 2014. A devoted advocate of civil rights, and friend of Malcom X, her death is a great loss for everyone fighting against social inequality.
Before she was friends with Malcom X and became invested in similar activist tactics, her life shaped her early, troubled vision of the world.
As a child, her father was arrested within hours of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He died in prison 43 days later ... Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on May 28, 2014
Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou died this morning at the age of 86, but girl, did she live a full life. The way that Dr. Angelou's life overflowed with incredible achievements and wisdom is not just admired by all, but her unwavering dedication to helping others will forever be appreciated. As will her perseverance during the toughest of times. Angelou's long and honorable journey devoted to social justice ... Read More
BY Oriana Asano
on May 13, 2014
Fashion is a powerful form of self-expression. For better or worse, people make assumptions about our personality by how we present ourselves. We’re okay with parading around in oversized tees with cute cats shooting lasers out of their eyes, our favorite band’s merch, and basically being walking advertisements for brands, so why not make political statements with our dress? Instead of having a dead-end conversation about your love for ironically tacky ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 22, 2013
“One day I heard a song that made my nerves tremble and my hair stand on end," says singer Ani Cordero. And haven’t we all experienced that? Hearing a song, only to feel ourselves drifting, parting the proverbial curtain and walking into a room of perfect sounds, entirely teleported to the past, the future, or the absolutely splendid present?
If you’ve never listened to Cordero – woah, get on that right now, because girl has it ... Read More