[US] Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

[US] Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Todd Leopold, Ashley Fantz, Moni Basu and Faith Karimi – CNN – Thursday, 29 May 2014 (originally published 28 May) (CNN) — A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent. Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary […]

‘Our hair is kinky’: Black women cry racism after U.S. army bans dreadlocks and cornrows among its troops

‘Our hair is kinky’: Black women cry racism after U.S. army bans dreadlocks and cornrows among its troops

Helene Cooper, The New York Times – National Post – Friday, 25 April 2014 (originally published 21 Apr) In reaction to a new Army regulation banning numerous hairstyles — twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows — popular with black women, the 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus have asked Mr. Hagel to overturn the regulation […]

A true Civil War spy story: “The Treason of Mary Louvestre”

A true Civil War spy story: “The Treason of Mary Louvestre”

Deborah Mazon – WNN Reviews (WNN) San Antonio, TEXAS, AMERICAS: Myra Lewis Haley, the wife of the late Alex Haley did not immediately receive recognition for her role in the creation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, “Roots.” Like so many wives of famous authors she selflessly supported and aided in her husband’s pursuits. “I felt […]

Street Art Lets [US] Women Take a Stand Against Harassment

Street Art Lets [US] Women Take a Stand Against Harassment

Daniela Walker – PSFK – Thursday, 18 September 2013 (originally published 16 Sept) Living in a city, most women expect to be harassed at some point or another. ‘Hey, baby, what’s your number?’ ‘You’re so pretty when you smile’ – but artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh wants men to ‘Stop Telling Women to Smile.’ Her public art project […]

America’s next great black [woman] leader

America’s next great black [woman] leader

Brittney Cooper – Salon – Thursday, 12 September 2013 (originally published 10 Sept) Ben Jealous’ announcement that he will step down from the leadership of the NAACP, the oldest Black civil rights organization, opens up a space for an African American woman to the lead the organization for only the second time in its 104 […]

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