A Playlist for a Feminist Future: National Poetry Month, Part I

Kimya Dawson, 2010 (photo by Steven Keys of Keys Photography via Creative Commons)

It’s hard to deny the powerful link between poetry and music. Even though we parse the two into distinct categories, poets and musicians themselves blur the lines, taking inspiration from each other – stealing and sharing lines, lyrics, and rhythms. For the love of both poetry and music, this week we are highlighting artists who … [Read more…]

All Hail the Queens: The Sequence Returns to South Carolina for Love, Peace, and Hip Hop

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In 1979, Angela “Angie B” Stone, Cheryl “The Pearl” Cook, and Gwendolyn “Blondy” Chisolm claimed the title of first all-woman rap group when they released the hip hop hit, “Funk You Up.” The former C. A. Johnson cheerleaders had grown up together in Columbia, South Carolina’s Saxon Homes Projects. Like many aspiring artists of their … [Read more…]

My 19 Years as a Second-Generation Indian Woman in the South and Your White Male Privilege

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As a second-generation Indian woman living in the South, I have encountered racism and oppression consistently throughout my life. From a young age I was ostracized by my peers and unfortunately, am still often ostracized in both social and professional settings. In 19 years I: Have been stopped at dinner by a stranger and have … [Read more…]