Thursday, April 24, 2014

This Poet Has A Word for Any Woman Who Has Ever Been 'That Girl'

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In this performance from 2009, Alysia describes the hurt she feels after being used by a man she's sleeping with. Near tears, she articulates a feeling many of us have experienced.

Watch below:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This 17-Year-Old's Story Will Convince You to Choose Life

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In this short video, a 17-year-old named Jenayle shares the story of how she dealt with her mother's suicide as a part of the "I Choose Life" campaign.

The purpose of the "I Choose Life" campaign is to change the reaction to suicide in our communities. Too many times, the reaction to the word "suicide" is depicted negativity, and is even shameful to discuss in public conversation. This year Alive On Purpose sets out to change the perception of suicide and aims to shift the topic to highlight stories of triumph and life. Alive On Purpose believes that the choice of LIFE over death is possible.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oprah Shares the Importance of Surrender

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During her autobiographical episode of the OWN series Master Class, Oprah shared some of the truths that she's learned during her journey to becoming one of the most well-respected names in media.

The clip is filled with gems, but among the most profound is, "every single moment that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for what is to come."

Watch below.

'Confessions of a Single Black Mother' Explores the Frustrations of Raising Children Alone

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A heartfelt exposé, Black single mothers speak out on the 'baby momma' stereotype, express their frustrations and share their insights on raising a family in Black America.

Nichelle Nichols Talks with Janelle Monae about Her Pivotal 'Star Trek' Role

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As a Black woman, Nichelle Nichols role as Uhura in the futuristic 60s television show Star Trek was pivotal. Nichelle sat down with Janelle Monae to share a couple of fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. In the first clip, she talks about convincing the creators to create her character Uhura. In the second, she recalls how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced her not to quit the show.

Watch below.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Womanist Scholars Discuss the Fight for Equity in the Black Church and Religious Study

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In this short documentary directed by filmmaker Anika Gibbons, noted womanist scholars Kelly Brown Douglas, Katie Cannon, and Emilie Townes discuss their calling to deconstruct the racism, sexism, and classism within the Black Church and in the field of religious study.

All of the women, including the filmmaker, studied at Union Theological Seminary.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Watch: Mass Incarceration Imprisons Women at Two Times the Rate of Men

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A stark look at the explosion of the female prison population.