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An ever-shrinking world over the past few decades has, fortunately, propelled conversations around racial discrimination, cultural acceptance and religious tolerance. The acknowledgement of the diversity in this world has traveled from activism on the streets to discussions on inclusivity in society, business and government. While these have certainly advanced our evolution as a social species, we still seem to be suffering in recognizing and bridging the most basic form of distinction within our societies. Irrespective of race, religion, culture or geography, Gender Equality is an issue that we continue …

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As the co-founder of Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, I am a huge supporter of women expressing themselves creatively through the arts. Recently, R&B superstar Beyonce dropped a “buzz track” on her website—“Bow Down” to build attention around her upcoming album.

There have been many negative comments surrounding “Bow Down”. R&B singer Keisha Cole said via Twitter the song is anti-woman. Some women of color argue that “Bow Down” is a diss song. While others view it as anti-feminist.

I admit, the song is catchy, and completely …

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Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen To Host Event Encouraging Dialogue Around Educational Inequality


Who: Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen is an annual event designed to showcase female artists and use hip-hop to raise awareness around social issues.

What: This year’s event, titled ‘No Limits…Knowledge is Power!’ features female educators, students, activists, DJs, emcees, b-girls, poets, visual artists and dancers who will convene to advocate for comprehensive sexual education curriculum in all school districts, smaller class sizes and educational opportunities for all children. 

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, from 2pm-5pm ET



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I am absolutely outraged with President Obama for supporting the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to enforce age restrictions on Plan-B One Step (emergency contraception) for individuals 17 years of age and younger.

Essentially President Obama is afraid that 10 and 12 year old girls will take/use Plan B (the morning-after pill) without supervision or guidance and get hurt. President Obama is afraid that young girls/women can go inside a drug store alongside bubble gum and batteries and buy a medication, which if not used properly …

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In a few short weeks, the Feminist Majority Foundation & the Boston University Center for Gender Sexuality and Activism will be co-hosting the New England Feminist Leadership Summit.

WHEN: Saturday November 12, 9:30a – 6:00p

WHERE: Boston University – 775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

WHAT: "Election Day 2012: One Year Out" – speakers & presentations to address what’s at stake for women and feminist in the 2012 election, and a training on how to register, educate and mobilize voters on campus

Topics to be covered: * family planning …

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by Kathleen Adams

My comments are in response to people asking me why I am supporting “Occupy Wall Street”.

I am a 24-year-old woman, a college graduate, and graduate student at Fordham University.

I am protesting because I am sick and tired of being disrespected by big banks. I am sick and tired of being disrespected by corporate America.

Why now? Let me tell you.

Financial institutions were rescued because they were said to be too big to fail. They were rescued with our tax dollars. …

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 Hey everyone!

I wanted to alert you all to a conference that is coming up in New Jersey.

NJWAN (New Jersey Women and AIDS Network) is very excited to be hosting the Confronting the Crisis 2011: Women & HIV Conference on November 3rd and 4th, 2011 at Rutgers University!

This is a two day conference jam packed with great speakers and activities! (I presented at it last year!!) So far there are over 35 workships to be presented, and fabulous venders! The conference is a great opportunity to meet new …

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Hey! I’m having so much fun at the New Media Session at the Urban Retreat!…

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As a woman in the field of architecture I know how low the numbers are for women, especially women of color in the field of architecture. Currently statistics show that only 17 percent of American architects are female! Mattel, the creators of Barbie feel that Barbie can help change the numbers.

Mattel says, "Barbie inspires girls to try on different careers, encouraging them to play out their dreams and explore the world and all of its possibilities without ever having to leave home,". They go further on

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For those in the DC area I wanted to let you know about the “35 Years of Feminist Scholarship” Conference sponsored by Feminist Studies. The conference honors Claire G. Moses on her retirement as Editorial Director of Feminist Studies and Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland.

The conference is free and open to the public. Box lunches are available, but you must pre-register online.

35 Years of Feminist Scholarship
Friday, April 15, 2011

Special Events Room of McKeldin Library, Room 6137
University of Maryland, College …

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As an African American woman in America, I feel that my body is constantly being attacked and blamed for issues surrounding and related to abortions.

Just because I am Black and have had an abortion does not mean I have been brainwashed.

However, it seems as if pro-lifers are now trying to target Black women into being anti-choice with a new campaign that has just been launched in New York City. Racist billboards went up in the SoHo section of New York City attacking Black women and our human …

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For the young activists in the NYC area I wanted to pass on the following information about an opportunity that might interest you!

Hollaback! is looking for young activists to takeover HollabackNYC!

Let me tell you a little about Hollaback!

I love the way I look and feel, and when I leave my apartment and move around NYC I walk with an air of confidence. However, my confidence gets chipped away at with the constant catcalls on the street when I’m walking an on public transportation. Well Hollaback!

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Having your period monthly takes a toll on all of us physically and mentally, but now women at a company in Norway have to announce to everyone that they are on their period.

Female employees at an unnamed company in Norway have been instructed to wear red bracelets when they are menstruating—this is so their bosses can be aware of why they need to frequent the bathroom more frequently.

Times are tough, and every minute of a worker’s day is extremely valuable in relation to bringing in profits …

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In a few weeks I plan on attending The Happiest Hour: More Laughter, Less Rape. (I’ll be sure to blog about the event afterwards!) (I hope to see lots of you there!)

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is holding a comedy night/happy hour/fundraiser in early Dec called The Happiest Hour: More Laughter, Less Rape.

When: Wednesday, December 1st 8:00-9:30pm

Where: Gotham Comedy Club
208 West 23rd St. (between 7th and 8th Ave), NYC

Price: $15 suggested donation
Reserve Tickets Now at: …

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Protection is the New Black: Sex, Love + Lies in the Age of HIV

If any of you are in NYC on December 2nd, 2010 PLEASE COME TO THIS GREAT EVENT!!

On December 2nd, 2010 a Co-Ed forum presented by HUMAN INTONATION will be held. 

The event will take place at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem. Doors OPEN at 6:30pm.

So far the confirmed moderators include Dr. Monica Sweeney, Prof. David Hughes, and Hydeia Broadbent.

On Thursday 12/2, HUMAN INTONATION will strike a chord with a controversial discussion about the …

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Once again everyone get excited! My good friend Ana Garcia aka “Rokafella”

There is going to be a New York City screening of the film “All the Ladies Say” on Wednesday July 28th, 2010 from 7:30-10:00pm at Dance New Amsterdam 53 Chambers 2nd flr (between Chambers St & Reade St), New York, NY. “All the Ladies Say” is a film project that has been developing since 2005 under the direction of Rokafella and Kwikstep produced by Full Circle Productions is getting closer to its final stages of production.

Edited …

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The time has come again for us to acknowledge and celebrate young people from across the country making cutting-edge contributions to reproductive justice. At our 8th Annual Generation to Generation Celebration on June 17th in Washington, DC, we will honor the achievements of dynamic leaders who are setting new standards, creating new solutions, harnessing new strategies and leveraging their political power.

This is your opportunity to help us spotlight change-makers in your communities, networks and organizations. Take the time today to nominate a young leader or mentor who …

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The First Bilingual Vagina Monologues come to New York and will be performed at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe. This monologues have been around for a while in the city and have bewilder the audiences with its remarkable stories. This play focuses on female topics like love, relationships and even orgasms. Acclaimed as one of the best plays around, the Vagina Monologues is an entertaining and touching event to not miss. Is not only a celebration of the female body, but this show is …

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I am currently in Mexico on vacation right now so I haven’t been able to check out this mural in person yet, but when I go back to New York City I am going to check out this mural and re-blog my thoughts on it. Conveniently the mural is in my neighborhood of Times Square/Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan.

The 42nd Street Mural Sofia Maldonado is located in Times Square area at 215 West 42nd Street Between 7th and 8th Avenue. It is a 92 …

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I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I’ve got a lot of updates for you things going on. Please check these events/women/people out and support!!

 Last year I was the Program Coordinator for the 2nd Vagina Festival in New York City. I became good friends with Alexandra Jacoby who created the Vagina Festival.

Alexandra is not only a wonderful woman but she is also an artist as well!!! Currently Alexandra is working on a project for women, called vagina