If Martin Luther King Jr., who advocated for Civil Rights, job security and liberty in a non-violent way could be spied on by the FBI on orders of a "friendly" president, arrested, beaten, and assassinated all while doing what history has all confirmed to be protesting "the right way" then clearly the problem our government has with black people advocating for their civil rights loudly is black people advocating for their civil rights loudly.Read More
Meryl Streep made a comment about the two Trump women to the New York Times concerning their silence in the #MeToo movement, in response to claims about her own silence. To which I find myself asking...why do you expect to hear anything from them?Read More
Previously Unpublished Zora Neale Hurston Book Will Be the Story of the Last Survivor of the US Slave Trade
Zora Neale Hurston, most well know for Their Eyes Were Watching God, is a fascinating figure of the Harlem Renaissance and black female authorship. While Their Eyes has made itself into the canon of prominent black works, it took a long time for that to happen and much of Hurston writing career was hindered by the fact that she did not kowtow to the mainstream ideas at the time of how to depict blackness. So when I heard that unpublished work of Hurston's was finally being released I was excitedRead More
No matter what you feel about the royal family—and there are a lot of opinions that are valid on both sides—the significance of Prince Harry being engaged to a divorced, mixed-race African-American woman, post-Brexit, is hella big news.Read More
Let's talk about how the animated classic handles history, Rasputin, and of course, Dimitri's hair.
Have you heard, there's a rumor that today is the 20th anniversary of Anastasia coming out in movie theaters … We talked to a Russia expert to learn how accurate the history was, the truth behind Rasputin, and what really happened to Anastasia.Read More
I would love to say that I organically came to the realization of how Anita Hill was being left out of the current narrative about sexual harassment, but I am not that woke. The realization came while I was listening to a podcast called "KCRW's Left, Right & Center" where one of the hosts, mentioned that he was bothered that the Anita Hill Testimony during the confirmation of Clarence Thomas did not teach men what they should have known about behavior in the workplace.Read More
As we go through the news every day, it seems as though another male figure, whether he be an actor, producer, or director, is being accused of sexual harassment or assault. The sad reality is that there may be no end to the allegations because sexual assault in Hollywood is about as old as Hollywood itself.Read More
Albert Einstein was in Japan on a lecture tour in 1922 when he gave a courier a signed note describing his theory of happiness, as he did not have the money for a tip.Read More
DNA research on a warrior grave in Sweden seems to confirm what the stories in Viking sagas would suggest: women, too, could serve as high-status warriors in Viking society.Read More
For the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, the director debuted "August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People," a commissioned 22-minute film that examines significant moments in African-American history that occurred on this date.Read More
In only a few seconds, the 93-year-old statue celebrating the Confederacy came toppling down.Read More
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people have always been kicking around society; it is inconceivable that Jane Austen would never have met one in her lifetime. And as she was a great observer of humanity it is almost as unlikely that she would never have included a queer person in her writing—whether or not she knew what made them act in such a way.Read More
We’re singing "The Marseillaise" and you must join us.
“The Marseillaise” is a million times cooler than “The Star-Spangled Banner.” We should be so lucky if our two countries switched anthems.Read More
"I do not know whether it will be read by all, but I wrote it for all."
On June 30, 1862, the final chapter of Victor Hugo's timeless classic Les Misérables was published. "Timeless classic" is an adage often tossed around, but in this case, it could not be more spot-on. Les Misérables remains as relevant as it was upon publication, and if you read it it will change you as a person.Read More
National Museums Liverpool posted a video walkthrough of how upper-class women got dressed in 18th-century Britain, and they were just as into pockets as we all are.Read More
In 1993, a group of artists and activists vaulted into the media spotlight after they performed "operations" on dozens of Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls, switching the voice boxes and returning the dolls to stores. Girls playing with their Teen Talk Barbies found the dolls saying phrases like "Vengeance is mine" and "Eat lead, Cobra!"Read More
Donald Trump can maybe make that claim once Jared Kushner joins up with 60 of his frenemies to stab him to death, but not before.Read More
Take me there.
This particular find gives Alice a run for her money: the underground caverns are rumored to have been used by the medieval Knights Templar, and were sealed up to keep out practitioners of "Black Magic." O RLY?Read More
The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.
Labor union leader Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972) was a firebrand of organizing and advocacy within the women's movement. She originated the phrase "bread and roses" in a speech rallying women to fight for more than just the bare necessities. The phrase would go on to inspire a poem and one of the most famous songs in American history.Read More
Nothing to do with the Shakespeare play... except thematically.
The title of the movie Lady Macbeth might lead you to believe it's inspired by one of the meatiest and best roles in Shakespeare's Scottish play—but actually, it tells a very different story.Read More