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ANOHNI’s Race-Blindness, Superficial Politics Overshadow ‘Hopelessness’

by Erin Lyndal Martin On her debut solo album Hopelessness, British-born transgender performer ANOHNI offers up a veritable sampler platter of songs about atrocities. They cover drone warfare, global warming, capital punishment, the wrongs of Obama’s administration, patriarchy, the spread of Western capitalism, the increasing divide between man and nature, torture and more. If this sounds...

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Daily Share: Asian Americans #WhiteWashedOut of Film World Fight Back

Margaret Cho, Keith Chow (Nerds of Color) and Ellen Oh (#WeNeedDiverseBooks) are taking a stand against the white-washing of Asian culture within media. The #WhiteWashedOut campaign launches today, May 3, with a chat at noon Pacific Time to “talk honestly and openly about the dangers of erasure and lack of representation in Asian American communities.”...

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Ask Ashleigh: What Should White Allies Do?

Recently I posted about the praise Matt McGorry received for dragging Piers Morgan for coming for Beyoncé. I mean, what’s really new in the world of white men? The idea that white men have to drag or offend one another to make non-white-men’s humanity newsworthy is a consistent theme of everyday white supremacist patriarchy. Honestly, I...

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The Problem With Putting Harriet Tubman’s Picture on the $20 Bill

When the story broke that Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and champion of the underground railroad, would replace Andrew Jackson — a racist ethnic cleanser — on the $20 bill by 2020, my reaction was lukewarm, if not outright disgusted. Of course, the racists went berserk and lost their bigoted minds on the web. No surprise there....

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Janaya Khan: “If You’re Dissing the Sisters, You Ain’t Fighting the Power: Kendrick Hailed, Beyonce ‘Failed’”

This article was originally published on Janayakhan.com. Republished with permission.  Last week, Beyonce performed “Formation”, where she honored the legacy of the Black Panther Party which denounced police brutality and sought Black liberation, while celebrating her Blackness unapologetically in Black militant regalia. While she has received backlash from mainstream media and international governmental bodies for...

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Co-opting A Movement: Opportunism and Black Lives

Can we find black liberation at the voting polls? Five months ago, Black Lives Matter leader Alicia Garza said “No” stating, “Black Lives Matter as a network will not, does not, has not, ain’t going to endorse any candidates.” She spoke plainly about the opportunistic nature of the political sphere, “What we’ve seen is an attempt...