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Mindy Kaling Puts a New, Comedic Spin on the Rom-Com Heroine

For some, Kaling’s characters represent the wish fulfillment of actually doing the wild thing your parents always warned against. Read more »

True Revolution: In Quarantine, Queer People Are Redefining Community and Celebration

The thought of celebrating Pride Month has felt particularly complicated in the wake of the protest and rightful uprisings sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others.  Read more »

Mishaps and Milestones: “Insecure” Moves from Chaos to Clarity

Black women’s friendships are a saving grace but also a mirror that shows us our own imperfections. Read more »

White Filters: Tech Companies Are Butchering Juneteenth

Tech isn’t hopeless, but fixing its problems will take more than a simple Snapchat filter or offering a day off. Read more »

The Final Rose: A Black Bachelor Can’t Fix a Franchise’s Race Problem

The Bachelor franchise survives in the streaming age because it coddles white fragility. Read more »

Sound Out: Coming Home to Lavender Country

Queer country artists have been making their voices known for decades. Read more »

Petty, Egotistical Barbs Overshadow J. Cole’s Important Message

Holding people, including Black celebrities accountable for their inaction or misguided action, isn’t an attack or an attempt to create undue separation between Black men and Black women.  Read more »

Unexpected Connection: “Felix Ever After” Lets Queer and Trans Teens Be Messy

The characterization in this book should serve as an example to others writing queer YA in 2020. Read more »

Abstract Pain: George Floyd and the Viral Spectacle of Black Death

Black people’s deaths at the hands of police officers are, like everything now, mediated through the internet, with the negotiation of life and death spread through videos that go viral.  Read more »

Greater Expectations: Through Music, Dua Saleh Nurtures Personal and Political Identity

 “My brain was manufacturing new language because I was refusing to be seen as a woman.” Read more »

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Where My Girls At: Meet Two of Ferguson's Black Queer Activists

Amid national discussions of police brutality and systemic racism, Black women have been the loudest and most consistent voices demanding change. Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »

Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »