I don’t often watch television. Outside of watching shows like How to Get Away with Murder, the record-setting Empire, or binging Orange is the New Black, there’s not much TV I’m interested in. I am often drawn to series that center on complex and flawed Black female protagonists and there remains a shortage of those women on television.
This week's feminist mixtape comes from Dope Folks Records, a record label that specializes in rare and unreleased limited-edition vinyl releases. They're coming up on their 70th release! The two mixes below feature female hip-hop artists "from big names to virtual unknowns from the Golden Era to the mid-90s"—all from the personal vinyl collection of the Dope Folks team. There are plenty of gems here. Check out Dope Folks' other great mixes over on Soundcloud.
Talila Lewis, center, speaking to the FCC about the rights of deaf people in prison.
We’ve reached a critical moment in our history. As we incarcerate more people than ever before, we can no longer put off having honest conversations about the effects of police brutality and abuse of people in prison.
This week on Popaganda, we’re talking about liberal problems. That is, when progressive causes—the kinds of political issues feminists want to support—use problematic tactics.
We start off by calling up PETA, the nation's largest animal rights organization whose ad campaigns have offended everyone from the NAACP to the Anti-Defamation League to feminists like us. Then, writer Susan Sered shares an essay about the problems with many breast cancer awareness campaigns. Journalist and playwright Leela Ginelle closes out the show with her take on how inclusive language isn't just about being polite—it's about survival.
This show is generously sponsored by Oregon State University Ecampus, which is ranked #5 on the 2015 list of America’s best online bachelor’s program by U.S. News. OSU Ecampus delivers nearly 20 undergraduate degrees and programs online in liberal studies, natural resources, agricultural sciences and foreign languages. You can start any season, so apply today.
Individual show segments and more ways to listen are below the cut.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, 23 teenage girls sit in a circle on the floor of a theater rehearsal room in downtown New York, brainstorming ways to battle sexism. Every Sunday afternoon, no matter the weather or stressful schedule, the All-Girl Arts Effect Theater Company starts its rehearsals off by having each actress talk about her week.