Barbara Smith on Reproductive Justice and Black Feminism: An Interview — Black Women Radicals

It was incredibly difficult and nightmarish because if one got pregnant, and particularly if you were not married, you became like a persona non grata. You were stigmatized. There was incredible shame. I was speaking a few weeks ago, Ithink it was before Roe fell, to a friend who is…

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Review: ‘Wake: The Hidden History Of Women-Led Slave Revolts’ : NPR

There’s a particularly expressive drawing near the front of Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martínez’ Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts that sums up what’s unique about this graphic novel. Martínez draws Hall — a trained historian and lawyer — at the New York Historical Society, reading the records…

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110 Years After Her Debut, The Work of A Black Woman Composer Is Heard Once Again

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Helen Hagan, (1891-1964) was a Black woman composer, concert pianist, Yale graduate, and the only African American woman to be sent to France to entertain the American Expeditionary Forces during WWI. Her Piano Concerto in C Minor is her only surviving composition, and had only been heard by few, up…

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Female King Reviews The Woman King – YouTube

My impression of the movie everybody’s talking about lately. No point in “boycotting” this movie unless you’re boycotting Hollywood in general. Regardless, if you’re going to claim to be offended by people lying to you, then you should be giving more support to the people telling you the truth. These…

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Bernardette J. Brooten – Love Between Women. Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

E arly Christianity emerged in a world in which people from various walks of life acknowledged that women could have sexual contact with women. Close textual analysis of several early Christian writers demonstrates that they knew more about sexual relations between women than previous scholars have assumed, which accords with…

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How 1 family coped after the Birmingham church bombing, and reckoned with racism : NPR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 16th Street Baptist Church is an iconic landmark with its blue neon sign, dramatic stained-glass windows, and imposing twin bell towers. It was here on Sept. 15, 1963 that a Ku Klux Klan bomb killed four Black girls.Near the back corner of the building is a…

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Supreme Court’s selective reading of US history ignored 19th-century women’s support for ‘voluntary motherhood’

Suffragists argued that legalizing birth control and abortion would hurt women, who already had few legal rights at the time. They said that men would then use these legal freedoms to further abuse and control women.Instead, suffragists embraced an idea they termed “voluntary motherhood.” This meant that women had the…

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Mom fighting abortion bans after her daughter’s death points to her homeland as a cautionary tale

On the eve of the anniversary of her daughter’s death Tuesday night, Rosa Hernández was having trouble falling asleep. She said she could still feel the presence of her 16-year-old child Rosaura “Esperancita” Almonte Hernández, who died a decade ago when she had leukemia. Doctors had delayed giving Rosaura chemotherapy…

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