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Danielle Moodie-Mills is an Advisor for LGBT Policy & Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress, and Director of Education Advocacy at the National Wildlife Federation. You can read her musings on politics and pop culture at

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Unapologetically Black: The Revolution Continues

(148) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 8:00 AM


The only thing I'm currently interested in being as a black lesbian is being free--free from police harassment, free from white supremacy and free from fear-- and yet these seemingly auspicious desires feel like they are slipping away from me with each terrible headline...

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The Film Dear White People Slays Audiences With Sex, Identity and Feminism

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:28 PM

"On your knees." Those were the three deliciously naughty words uttered by Tessa Thompson's character Samantha White in the opening sex scene of the well-hyped film, Dear White People. And in that moment, as her F-Buddy obeys her wishes and gets on his knees ready to satisfy her,...

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Take the Stairs: Trivializing Violence Against Women

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:54 PM

When video was released of Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiancée from an elevator at Revel Hotel and Casino over the summer, a collective gasp was made around the world. Sadly, that disgust didn't reach the NFL until the full video of him knocking her out was released...

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Say It Loud: I'm Black, Gay and Proud

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 3:31 AM

"You're already black and a woman... what more do you want against you?"

That was the first thing my mother said over a decade ago when I told her I was a lesbian. Like most parents who are on the receiving end of their child's declarations -- which at...

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Republicans Got 99 Problems, But Voter Fraud Ain't One

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM

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Voting should not be a partisan issue, and yet Democratic leaders are the only politicians speaking out against the latest batch of voter suppression laws.

So we ask, why don't Republicans want you to vote?

Hip-hop music has often been the conscious of our society, reminding us of our past, while speaking out against current injustices like racial profiling, gun violence and mass incarceration.

In this episode, Politini turns to hip-hop classics, illuminating the real reasons behind Republicans' push to suppress the vote.

The GOP's got 99 problems, but voter fraud ain't one!

Danielle and Aisha Moodie-Mills are executive producers and co-hosts of Politini, a weekly politics and pop culture show covering the personal side of politics every Thursday 8pm EST on Blis.Fm. Follow their musings at, subscribe to their podcast, and visit them at

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Starving for Substance on the Big Screen

(7) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 5:42 PM

I'm not an avid moviegoer. Rarely do I find films that I am just dying to see that will get me off my couch, away from my Apple TV, and headed to the theater. Yet, this past weekend I found myself race-walking through D.C.'s Georgetown, rushing to the 7 p.m....

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The New All-American Family

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:12 PM

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This week ABC Family premiered their latest summer installment, The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. The show follows the story of a blended family -- a bi-racial lesbian couple that has three children, one biological child from a previous marriage and adopted Hispanic...

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What Happened to Little Girls?

(19) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 4:27 PM

This week, I was absolutely floored by a picture in an article in Coloures entitled: "Little Black Girls and Weaves: How Young is too Young?" The image was of a young black girl who looked no older than possibly 4 or 5 years old with a full weave...

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Does TIME Need a Timeout?

(35) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Yes, we know sensationalism sells magazines but with this week's release of TIME magazine's gay-themed covers, I ask at whose expense?

For decades, our allies and those of us within the gay and transgender community have tried desperately to move the conversation about LGBT equality out of...

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When Will We Reach the Mountain Top?

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:36 PM

This is a historic week for marriage equality with the Supreme Court hearing not one but two cases concerning the constitutionality of discrimination based on sexual orientation -- the Defense of Marriage Act, and Proposition 8 case from California which weighs the legality of a ballot measure denying same-sex couples...

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The Politics of Style: Can Women Wear Stilettos and Be Taken Seriously Too?

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Remember the movie Working Girl with Melanie Griffith? She played the secretary who received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fill her bosses "stilettos" and become the power player at the office. Griffith's character transformed from the big haired, long-nailed, tight-clothing-wearing secretary to CEO before our eyes with the right haircut and...

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What Is Your Health Transformation Motivation?

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 3:00 PM

For better or for worse, stories change our lives. They move us to action, whether those actions are mostly reflective or not. In the days since the horrific attack in Newtown, Conn., I can't help but think, like most other people, just how fleeting life really is. How even the...

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Lessons From 'A Different World'

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 10:42 AM

Last week marked the 25th anniversary of A Different World. It's hard to believe that 25 years ago I was glued to the television in my parent's condo awaiting the premiere of the highly anticipated Cosby Show spinoff.

Like millions across the country I loved The Cosby Show. I...

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What Politicians Could Learn From Olympians

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Since the Olympics began, like billions of people, I have been glued to my TV. I've felt every spin on the beam, stretch to the wall, dive for the ball, and synchronized feat -- loving every moment of athletic glory. If the triumph of the human mind, body, and spirit...

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Digitizing the Outdoors: Can Gaming Be the Gateway to Nature?

(5) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 5:10 PM

Children today are spending alarming amounts of their time indoors and in front of screens -- 7.5 hours on electronic devices to be exact, that's more than your average work week. Many have argued that ADHD and other behavioral issues are lessened when children spend time in the...

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Mitt Romney's Got 99 Problems, And Equality Is Number 1!

(8) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 4:18 PM

It seems for the moment that the arc of the moral universe is bending toward equality. On the heels of the president's historic announcement supporting marriage equality last week, several officials and even rap mogul and philanthropist Jay-Z have come out on the right side of...

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Our Collective Truth: Race Matters

(146) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 3:34 PM

Over the past month, conversations about race have found it's way through tragedy back into our living rooms and Facebook pages. From a very young age in this country you are taught not to see color or mention it for that matter -- and that silence has proven deadly.

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Why Women Need to Go H.A.M. for Their Reproductive Health

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 5:07 PM

Earlier this month, I lead a session at the Women Of the World-Baltimore (WOW) conference, alongside my wife, on the dismemberment of female sexuality -- from state legislatures to the media everyone seems to be taking a part the female body, dissecting our form and labeling parts of...

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Nothing Spells Love Like Equality

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 6:29 PM

February, according to all retailers is the month for love. Everywhere you turn there are little cut out hearts, red roses, and candy for sale.

What troubles me about Valentine's Day is not the commercialization of love. Although, I really don't need a special day to remind me to...

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The "Roland Effect": Why Words (Tweets) Matter

(16) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 5:46 PM

"If you don't have something nice to say... then say nothing." This is an old adage we teach young children. Why? Because as adults we know that words matter, and if we've learned anything at all from the recent spate of anti-gay bullying incidents, it's that words can cause...

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