On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the news we're reading this Wednesday. 

• On his inauguration day in 2008, President Obama promised to close Guantanamo. Now, he says he’s determined not pass the problem onto the next president. [NPR] 

• Three years after it was first coined, the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic continues to resonate and create a movement of positive representation of Black girls. [Dazed] 

• A new in-depth study of race and gender in American television and films found that only 28 percent of speaking parts go to people of color and one-third of speaking characters are female. [USC Annenberg School]

• A spate of anti-LGBT hate crimes in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has prompted residents to push back against the “tech bro culture” that’s displacing queer long-time residents. [Guardian] 

• Speaking of problems with the tech industry, an employee at Yelp wrote an open letter to the CEO about how the company’s wages were so low that she couldn’t afford to buy groceries. [Medium] 

• “They’re young, they’re radical, they’re organized.” An illustrated look at the Black Lives Matter activists of Chicago. [Chicago Mag]

• W.E.B. Du Bois wrote an amazing letter of advice to his daughter in 1914: “Remember that most folk laugh at anything unusual, whether it is beautiful, fine or not.”  [Brain Pickings]  

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by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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