Why is hardly anyone talking about this murdered gay man?

February 5, 2018

Mourners huddled near Stonewall National Monument in New York City on January 24 to remember a beloved Russian pop star taken too soon. Believed to have been gay, Zelimkhan Bakaev became the face of a horrifying, state-sanctioned crackdown on gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, a semi-independent state in southern Russia. His name may be unfamiliar to most Americans, but Bakaev’s heartbreaking story is one worth sharing. Photo by Aaron…

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7 ways to be a better ally in 2018.

February 4, 2018

Hey there, fellow white person. Our demographic does not have a great track record these days. I used to defend the white racists who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution by saying, “Well, they didn’t live the words they wrote, but they built a government that made us better than they were.” But that was obviously false, because here we are, 240 years later, and we’ve elected…

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17 tweets to shine a light on the importance of Roe v. Wade, 45 years later.

January 29, 2018

It’s been 45 years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, but somehow, the fight over abortion rages on today. Far from the settled subject one might be led to believe, abortion remains a contentious issue and a driving force in politics. As president, Donald Trump has led the fight against abortion rights, appointing a number of extremist anti-choice judges to federal courts and delivering…

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This week in black women: Shonda Rhimes delivers, Tiffany Haddish slays, and more.

January 9, 2018

This is the eighth edition of “This week in black women,” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who make the world spin. This week, I’m shouting out some of Hollywood’s best and brightest, a few new elected officials, a family you need to know about, and more. Remember these women! Pay these women! Follow these women! Let’s do this. “Taking care of business”: Adrienne Nelson, Tamaya Dennard,…

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She’s the first woman to land this gig at ESPN. Here’s how she did it.

December 15, 2017

Being rich, famous, and at the top of your field is awesome. But it doesn’t absolve anyone from self-doubt and anxiety. Just ask Samantha Ponder. At 31, she’s been a successful sideline reporter and “College GameDay” host, and she’s a mom to two beautiful kids. Most recently in 2017, she became the first female host of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” shattering the concept that women can’t talk sports from the…

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A letter about sexism from this celeb chef has lessons for all men on how to be an ally.

December 10, 2017

The recent “revelations” of rampant harassment in the restaurant industry weren’t exactly a shocker to the women working in it. Or the men, for that matter. This isn’t just a matter of a few bad eggs and ​we all know it. For every John Besh splashed across Page Six, we can assume hundreds, if not thousands, more chefs run kitchens just like the ones his female employees described. Something’s broken…

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