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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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4 Lessons All Activists Can Take Away from the Womanist Organizing of #SayHerName

4 Lessons All Activists Can Take Away from the Womanist Organizing of #SayHerName | Herstory | Scoop.it

#SayHerName not only honored the Black women lost to police brutality, but it also centered Black women's leadership and organizing methods.


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Former slave gets funeral at Appomattox 150 years later

Former slave gets funeral at Appomattox 150 years later | Herstory | Scoop.it
Hannah Reynolds was believed to have died while still a slave, but records now indicate she survived until after Lee surrendered to Grant

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The Beauty of A Cultural Movement- Black History: 1960's Black Panther Makeup Tips

New Uploads every single day this week!!! Welcome back to video number 3 of our black history through our eyes makeup series! I came up with this look to cel...
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MLK's Mother Was Assassinated, Too: The Forgotten Women Of Black History Month

MLK's Mother Was Assassinated, Too: The Forgotten Women Of Black History Month | Herstory | Scoop.it

On June 30th, 1973, Alberta Williams King was gunned down while she played the organ for the “Lord’s Prayer” at Ebenezer Baptist Church. As a Christian civil rights activist, she was assassinated...just like her son, Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About the Sexual Assault Allegations Against Bill Cosby?

Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About the Sexual Assault Allegations Against Bill Cosby? | Herstory | Scoop.it
Last month, Dylan Farrow published a letter in The New York Times accusing her father Woody Allen of molesting her, 20 years after she first spoke out against him as a 7-year-old child. The month before, the Village Voice republished reams of documents describing allegations that R. Kelly repeatedly raped...
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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America | Herstory | Scoop.it
From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.

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“We thought we’d be safe”: Islan Nettles, the New Jersey 4 and the illusion of security for LGBTQ people of color

“We thought we’d be safe”: Islan Nettles, the New Jersey 4 and the illusion of security for LGBTQ people of color | Herstory | Scoop.it
A frightening look at what happens when LGBTQ women of color refuse to accept street harassment and other violence

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The Blame Game: Black Women, Shame, and Victim Blaming

The Blame Game: Black Women, Shame, and Victim Blaming | Herstory | Scoop.it

The many stereotypes of black women are used to justify violence and aggression against them.  Because black women are mythologized as gold-digging, angry, physically strong, provocative shrews some black men assume (and this is something that having a mama, a auntie, a grandmother who raised you, or your own damn daughters doesn’t change) that if/when black women are hit, they asked for (or deserved) it.  At the end of the day many men empathize with other men and instead of vilifying any act of violence, physical or otherwise, against anyone, especially a woman, they attempt to justify it.  They put themselves in the shoes of the aggressor, but not the victim, and see themselves as blameless and reactionary, rather than violent and misogynistic.

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Reaction to race & beauty standards in the 1970s

Reaction to race & beauty standards in the 1970s | Herstory | Scoop.it
Reaction to race & beauty standards in the 1970s
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First all-black WAC unit to go overseas in WWII

First all-black WAC unit to go overseas in WWII | Herstory | Scoop.it
First all-black WAC unit to go overseas in WWII.
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Yes @Renata Hill, Tumblr folks are horrible about not crediting. *sigh*
Renata Hill's comment, August 7, 2014 5:28 PM
Great photo, but I wish the blog author would've listed a source.
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The Anti-Lynching Pamphlets of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1920

The Anti-Lynching Pamphlets of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1920 | Herstory | Scoop.it

Pamphlets written by Ida B. Wells-Barnett on the subject of lynching comprise a substantial body of innovative writing, reporting, and analysis in U.S. intellectual history. In the 1890s especially, nascent professional social scientists, media opinion shapers, and leaders in the black community acknowledged and relied on her work.1 Indeed, Ida B. Wells-Barnett's foundational insights into the complex social dynamics behind the lynching for rape scenario have stood the test of time in the more than one hundred years since she penned them; yet her status and recognition as a social critic in the ensuing years has been embattled, to say the least.2 At her death in 1931, for example, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) journal, The Crisis, that her work had been "easily forgotten" and "taken to greater success" by others.3 Wells-Barnett herself complained in a diary of the neglect of "my anti-lynching contribution" in early black history textbooks penned by the influential scholar Carter G. Woodson.4 This essay suggests that rather than comprising a "forgotten" body work, Ida B. Wells-Barnett's pamphlet writings were appropriated and transformed by peers and colleagues in social reform. In turn, they marginalized her as author and leader.


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In honor of Ida's birthday. For books by & about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, go here.

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In honor of Ida's birthday. For books by & about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, go here.

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Happy Birthday, Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)

Happy Birthday, Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) | Herstory | Scoop.it

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a fearless anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women's rights advocate, journalist, and speaker. She stands as one of our nation's most uncompromising leaders and most ardent defenders of democracy. She was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862 and died in Chicago, Illinois 1931 at the age of sixty-nine.

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American Revolutionary: Grace Lee Boggs

American Revolutionary: Grace Lee Boggs | Herstory | Scoop.it


Grace Lee Boggs, 99, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.


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A Dedication to Vintage Black Glamour

A Dedication to Vintage Black Glamour | Herstory | Scoop.it
The internet spawns another exciting book, in this case, a Tumblr dedicated entirely to Vintage Black Glamour. From Josephine Baker getting a pedicure to an
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Writing That Imagines What It's Like to Be: A Review of Kola Boof's Selected Works

Writing That Imagines What It's Like to Be: A Review of Kola Boof's Selected Works | Herstory | Scoop.it

Let's just spell it out right at the start: Kola Boof is one of the great migrant writers of our time. Her Selected Writings, If My Father Dies I Give Birth to Him Again (edited by Mark Fogarty), underlines the Egyptian-Sudanese-American writer's literary achievements over a wide range of forms as diverse as poetry, memoir, and fiction, (both long and short form) and over a wide range of physical and emotional territory extending from her native Sudan to America, back to Africa, and then back to America again.

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Kola Boof: The Message & The Messenger

Kola Boof: The Message & The Messenger | Herstory | Scoop.it

Perhaps I am too Utopian *wink* but I do believe that when we gain insight & understanding, we can put our hearts & ethics into action. I respect the hell out of Kola Boof. Admire her greatly. Even when her words sting. For behind them, truth rings. I'd like to think there are others out there who can be taught daily, and not just from some 'word a day' calendar.


Gracie talks with Kola about the messages in her book of poems, Nile River Woman.

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Kola Boof on Spirituality - Sex~Kitten.net

Kola Boof on Spirituality - Sex~Kitten.net | Herstory | Scoop.it

Kola Boof, a woman of controversy ~ author, activist, mother, harlot, opportunist, poet, womanist.


Kola graces us with a rare interview, which offers insights into a spiritual woman, something often not seen in this woman with such a sensational life story...

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Study: Eviction Rates for Black Women on Par With Incarcerations for Black Men

Study: Eviction Rates for Black Women on Par With Incarcerations for Black Men | Herstory | Scoop.it


MacArthur Foundation “How Housing Matters” (pdf) study reveals that while black men face alarmingly high incarceration rates, black women are disproportionately evicted from their homes.


According to the study, in any given year, approximately 16,000 adults and children are evicted in Milwaukee from approximately 6,000 housing units—that equates to 16 households evicted every day.


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The White Woman’s Burden

The White Woman’s Burden | Herstory | Scoop.it

Below is a remarkable commercial in which a white woman is told that if she buys Pampers, the company will donate vaccines to children in other countries.

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The reality of being a black woman: A response to Ernest Baker

The reality of being a black woman: A response to Ernest Baker | Herstory | Scoop.it

“I’m pretty sure if you get in your Delorean and go back to the point where any colonized people first encountered the white man, the thought was not “That’s fucking attractive!” It was more like “What is that yellow haired thing with the demon eyes?!”

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The 50th Anniversary of Mississippi's Freedom Summer: Remembering What Fannie Lou Hamer Taught Us

The 50th Anniversary of Mississippi's Freedom Summer: Remembering What Fannie Lou Hamer Taught Us | Herstory | Scoop.it
Modern Mississippi freedom fighters must remain committed to Hamer’s legacy of bridging voting and reproductive rights into a comprehensive reproductive justice effort to protect Black women and other populations that are vulnerable to violations of both.
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Growing Up To Be Like Yuri Kochiyama

Growing Up To Be Like Yuri Kochiyama | Herstory | Scoop.it


"She may be best known in the public eye for the iconic picture that shows her cradling Malcolm X’s head in her lap after he was killed in a Manhattan auditorium, but Yuri Kochiyama’s life and legacy stood for much more, especially to Asian Americans. Many of us learned of Yuri Kochiyama’s recent death, not from mainstream news outlets, which have yet to do her legacy full justice, but from one another. And we have had very similar collective responses: tremendous gratitude for how she influenced us, coupled with a redoubling of our commitment to the principles she lived by.


Yuri Kochiyama’s life and legacy is a reminder to Asian Americans and to all those who believe in social justice, of a basic value: to show up whenever and wherever injustice occurs and to engage in acts of resistance and solidarity."


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And Still She Wrote: Remembering Maya Angelou

And Still She Wrote: Remembering Maya Angelou | Herstory | Scoop.it
Dr. Maya Angelou’s life could not be contained by a single autobiography, so she wrote six, making the audacious claim that she—as a Black woman reared in the segregated South—was fully human and a worthy historical subject who needed no outside narrator to tell or validate her story.
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Transportation leaders remember Maya Angelou

Transportation leaders remember Maya Angelou | Herstory | Scoop.it

Before she rose to international prominence as an author, educator and civil rights activist, the beloved Maya Angelou broke a tough barrier in the transportation industry, becoming San Francisco’s first black female streetcar conductor.

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Centuries ahead of her time, a black woman bought property in 17th-century Boston - The Boston Globe

Centuries ahead of her time, a black woman bought property in 17th-century Boston - The Boston Globe | Herstory | Scoop.it
In 1670, a woman named Zipporah Potter bought a piece of property in the North End, more than a century before a woman or African-Americans went anywhere near property ownership.

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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