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On Our Radar: Intersections of Race and Feminism, Body Image, and the next Beyonc

This has been another week! Here’s what we’ve been reading. s.e. smith weighs in on the tragic shooting in Colorado this morning, asking why we blame “crazy”... Read more »

Bridal Party: Put A Ring On It! (An Origin Story)

When Beyoncé took a stand for all “single ladies,” no one in my then-same-sex relationship had as of yet put any rings on anything and I was pretty happy about that. After thoughtful and difficult conversations, however, my person and I agreed on a compromise: I came around to the romantic angle... Read more »

"Leave Michelle Obama Alone With Your Random-Ass Opinions"

Jay Smooth and his cat, telling it like it is. Jay Smooth (who has been posting two videos a week lately—hooray!) has a new PSA up today on why the media should stop freaking out over Michelle Obama’s love of Beyoncé. Read more »

No Disrespect: Black women and the burden of respectability

In February 2012, PBS host Tavis Smiley interviewed Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer about their Oscar nominations for their roles as Aibileen and Minny, Jim Crow–era domestic workers in The Help. “I'm pulling for both of you to win on Academy Award night,” Smiley ventured. “But there'... Read more »

On Our Radar

Happy Leap Year Week! Sociological Images outlines how Leap Year Day was used as a day to ... Read more »

Beyonce in Weddingland

My love of Beyoncé has been well documented on this blog before, so I won’t get into it again here. However, I do want to talk about Bey’s new video for “The Best Thing I Never Had,” or rather, talk about the way other people are... Read more »

Run the World Girl: In Defense of Beyonce

OK, first things first: I am a Beyoncé fan. However, fandom aside (well, sort of, because you can’t ever really throw fandom aside) I must say that I’m surprised by all of the negative pushback Bey’s latest video, “... Read more »

Race Card: Beyonc

I hate to overload you with Beyoncé news, but just after I critiqued the Daily Mail op-ed accusing her of looking too white, news broke that Beyoncé... Read more »

Race Card: Has Beyonc

Is Beyoncé Knowles' bleached blonde hair and light skin reason enough to accuse the singer of racial treason? Yes, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, who just penned a piece in the... Read more »

Music Matters: Persona and Performance

Because I'm not a musician, I'm a writer, I tend to like and analyze and pick at the lyrics of songs. But at the same time, to be any sort of a pop music critic I have to look at the whole package, not just the lyrics. Each part of a pop song is a deliberate choice, and sometimes those choices... Read more »

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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 »

No Disrespect: Black women and the burden of respectability

In February 2012, PBS host Tavis Smiley interviewed Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer about their Oscar nominations for their roles as Aibileen and... Read more »