October is Black Speculative-Fiction Month. The month is drawing to an end, so it's time to stock up your bedside table with titles by Black women authors that you can spend the next 11 months reading.
An acquaintance invited me to her new house with a few other people. We were alone, talking about how we hadn't seen each other in awhile, and she offered me this "compliment": "Me and [mutual friend] were talking about you, you're always so body positive!"
Sadie Dupuis is at the center of up-and-coming band Speedy Ortiz. Band photo via Car Park Records.
At first, Speedy Ortiz may appear to be just another band in the current ‘90s rock comeback. But what sets the Northampton, Massachusetts-based band apart from the pack is their sincere, intriguing songwriting. Speedy Ortiz does a lot of things right as far as making the past decade’s sound still relevant.
That's Not Cool, a national public education campaign that aims to prevent teen dating abuse, offers "callout cards" to stop unwanted sexts.
For several years now, studies have consistently shown that sexting is a common fact of teen life these days. A 2011 study found that roughly 20 percent of teens digitally share photographs of themselves either scantily clad or naked.
• Today is a national day of action for "carrying the weight." Inspired by a student at Columbia University who is carrying around her mattress until the school expels the man who sexually assaulted her, participants around the country will be carrying a mattress or pillow in solidarity. [Carrying the Weight]
I once dined in a restaurant with my boyfriend on Halloween while a white gentleman ate his meal across from us decked out in head-to-toe blackface. New film Dear White People seemed like it was going to put into more dignified words what I was thinking that fateful night: “Oh, no, this mofo didn’t.”
There's a powerful new mural in New York City: at 22 East 2nd Street in Lower Manhattan, seven mothers are painted in front of bold, colorful stripes. These are all mothers whose sons have been killed by violence from the state.