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I wrote a post for Ta-Nehisi earlier this week that got a lot of discussion and was even picked up by Andrew Sullivan. I’m excited about it not just because my name was all over the innanets for a day, but because it drew attention to something that people don’t talk about widely enough: street Read More

Maureen Dowd writes about boys “drafting” girls. A group of soon-to-be freshmen boys at Landon, an elite private grade school and high school for boys in the wealthy Washington suburb of Montgomery County, Md., was drafting local girls. One team was called “The Southside Slampigs,” and one boy dubbed his team with crude street slang Read More

Late last year, I blogged about the NYC Paid Sick Time Act for TAPPED. At the time, the city council bill was being framed as a public health issue, post-H1N1 and seasonal influenza scares. Currently in committee after being revised, the bill is modeled on a San Francisco ordinance that provides paid sick time to Read More

Latoya Peterson pens a love-letter to Daria on the day the series was released on DVD, noting that today’s MTV couldn’t produce such sharp fare: The series’ complex web of teen life is almost impossible to imagine in the demographic-obsessed media market that has emerged since, when so many personalities gracing MTV direct all their Read More

I understand that the American Academy of Pediatrics recent decision to support a doctor-performed ritual ‘nick’ of female genitalia is a form of harm reduction for girls in the U.S. Surely, a nick, or a scratch, or shallow cut performed in a sterile environment is a far better option than having the clitoris and/or labia Read More

Today, much has been said about Dr. Dorothy Height’s life and legacy. I don’t have much to add, aside from saying that she was highly revered by many of my classmates at Howard University. The WaPo has a great slideshow up now. I know some people are partial to her hats and sequins, but I’m Read More

PostBourgie: The Podcast, Episode 4: “Black Women Should Just Quit Life.” Monica, Jamelle and I are back with a discussion about That Study on women of color and wealth; marriage equality in D.C., and Marc Thiessen on the Daily Show. Listen to the podcast here on the blog (and subscribe). Click once to play, click Read More

Don’t have a ton to say about the “black women have a net worth of $5” meme (which comes from this study), but allow me to quote Ta-Nehisi Coates on that somewhat inaccurate Pittsburgh Post Gazette story about the study that’s been making the rounds: The headline announces, presumably, that all single black women are Read More

Did you miss us? Of course you did. PostBourgie: The Podcast, Episode 3: “Civics Class is a Year-Long ‘America, F#@K YEAH!’” Monica, blackink, Jamelle and I discuss Obama’s interminable bipartisan healthcare summit, the race-based fearmongering from anti-choicers, and the David Paterson bombshell (note, we recorded this before he dropped out of the governor’s race). Apologies Read More

Foreign Policy’s Annie Lowrey pens an opinion piece for the Washington Post, and presents some awesome alternatives to the Senate we currently have: Imagine a chamber in which senators were elected by different income brackets — with two senators representing the poorest 2 percent of the electorate, two senators representing the richest 2 percent and Read More

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