Women as Leaders against Women as Figureheads

By Cossette Hampton It is refreshing as a Black American woman, stolen from the Motherland generations ago to die in slavery for white power, to experience Women’s Day on the continent. The war on Blackness in South Africa, however, feels all too familiar as I watch from the Cape as my brothers and sisters are …

I Get So Annoyed When ‘Cool’ Young Women Say They Are Not Feminists: Arundhati Roy

Featured Image: Novelist, feminist, activist, scholar Arundhati Roy. Photo: Elle Magazine/Huffington Post. By Aishwarya Subramanyam Black Opinion republishes this interview with novelist, feminist, activist and scholar from India, Arundhati Roy. Roy touches on a number of important subjects like feminism, the struggle with empire and about writing in general.  I have often wondered whether we …

Moving beyond pain

By bell hooks Fresh lemonade is my drink of choice. In my small Kentucky town, beautiful black, brown, and white girls set up their lemonade stands and practice the art of money making—it’s business.  As a grown black woman who believes in the manifesto “Girl, get your money straight” my first response to Beyoncé’s visual …