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  When the news makes you feel like crying, read The Belladonna. The Belladonna is a website that publishes comedy and satire by people who identify as women or other marginalized genders. It was founded in February 2017 by Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer, four humor writers and editors who wanted to showcase underrepresented voices in comedy, and recently marked its one-year anniversary. Since its launch last year on Medium, a publishing platform, The Belladonna’s audience has grown steadily, with average daily visitors...
Nashville singer-songwriter Tristen has released her new music video, "Partyin’ Is Such Sweet Sorrow," and her luminous libretto won’t be the only thing imprinted on your mind. While making the video, Tristen explored a question that has tormented many women: why our lives, characters, and overall beings are so often created by, for, and through the male perspective.  Tristen soaked in the man-makes-woman perspective, turned the tables by casting a "lover boy" to lip sync her satisfyingly melancholic vocals in the music video, and took back...
Out on Netflix today, Irreplaceable You tackles some difficult questions: What would you do if you knew you were going to die? What would you do if you knew the love of your life was going to die? What would it look like if Christopher Walken and Kate McKinnon were crocheting together in a cancer support group? (The answer to that last one: incredible.) Irreplaceable You, brought to life by a starry cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror: San Junipero, A Wrinkle in Time) and Michiel...
Master of None may be on our TV shit-list, thanks to Aziz Ansari’s sexual misconduct, but viewers who enjoyed Lena Waithe’s Emmy-winning writing can rejoice, as she has a new TBS comedy series in the works that looks downright amazing. According to Deadline, Twenties follows Hattie, a queer, black, twenty-something and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, through their trials and tribulations with friendships, sex, and romance. Written in 2009 when Waithe was in her twenties, the show is true to the twenty-something experience, replete...

  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...
  In the Georgian drama film My Happy Family, Manana (Ia Shughliashvili), a middle-aged schoolteacher, decides to move out of the apartment she shares with her parents, her husband, her children, and nearly everyone reacts with varying degrees of scorn and shock. Manana’s own reticence to explain her sudden change of heart certainly compounds her family’s confusion; as she stoically gathers her things together and loads them in bags, she’s followed by an increasingly hysterical cacophony of curses and pleas. Why did Manana suddenly decide that what...
Four years ago, Robin Thede auditioned for Saturday Night Live, but didn’t get the job. Three months later, when cast member Kenan Thompson was asked why a black woman hadn’t been hired for the show in six years, he declared that all those who’d tried out were “never ready.” Clearly others did not agree, however, because in 2015, Thede became the first African-American woman to become head writer on a late-night talk show—The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. And now, she’s starring on her own...
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 —...