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Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

| November 5, 2009

With the confidence of a seasoned performer, Gabourey Sidibe portrays a particular character with universal appeal. The movie, based on a Sapphire novel, opens in limited release on Friday. More »

Colorism, Black Women, and Contemporary Representation

| September 25, 2009

Former President Jimmy Carter touched off a media firestorm recently by suggesting that racism explained the extreme rancor of some criticism of President Obama’s health reform plan. The resulting debate, however, didn’t begin to reach the nuance of how attitudes about race are experienced in this country, particularly by black women, as the author explains. More »

September 12th—The Long Day After

September 12th—The Long Day After

| September 14, 2009

The author, a Pakistan-born New Yorker, connects our collective sorrow on 9/11 to what terrorism and its aftermath continue to take away. More »

What the NAACP Means to Me

| July 16, 2009

The author, a social justice activist from the Indian American community, explores the role of the venerable rights organization and the kind of leadership necessary going forward in a multiracial nation. More »

Who We Are, and What We See

| July 15, 2009

The author, a psychologist/psychoanalyst, explains how Judge Sonia Sotomayor is naturally informed by her gender and ethnicity as she performs her duties on the bench. More »

Finally, the Magical World of Disney Is About to Include an African American Princess

Finally, the Magical World of Disney Is About to Include an African American Princess

| June 15, 2009

Granted, it’s a fairy tale—the furthest thing from reality. But a wide audience of little girls is likely to take Tiana, the new Disney character, to heart. The author asks how likely is it that the mainstream company can produce an effective role model for them. More »

Ain’t No Women (Like the Motown Women)

| May 12, 2009

There’s a lot to celebrate about 50 years of Motown music—including the careers of two women whose behind-the-scenes efforts helped create a new genre of music. More »

What Would Ida Do?

What Would Ida Do?

| March 19, 2009

At a time in many ways parallel, though more perilous, than our own, Ida B. Wells stood up and spoke out. For Women’s History Month, her biographer describes her complex understanding of how race, class and gender play out in the politics of change. More »

To Michelle Obama, and Her Sister “First Ladies”

To Michelle Obama, and Her Sister “First Ladies”

| February 24, 2009

Journalist and historian Janus Adams pays tribute to the First Lady in the White House, recognizing that she joins a tradition of firsts among our nation’s African American women. More »

Remaking America

| January 21, 2009

Women’s Media Center President Carol Jenkins witnessed a day that will change her family and our nation, as Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America. More »