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Elizabeth Blackney
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Elizabeth Blackney is an author and advocate. A media and communications strategist, she develops campaigns designed to persuade and inspire action. Her expertise includes a strong focus on maternal and child health, strategic diplomacy and other efforts to prevent war crimes, particularly forcible rape, Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage and the deprivation of religious equality. Her presence on traditional and social media includes a regular column on The Huffington Post and at Ricochet. She has written for numerous NGO and advocacy organizations, and speaks to schools, universities, and conferences on building awareness and influencing core constituencies. Blackney is writing her memoir, which will explore her experiences and coverage of rape, genocide, equality, global health and spirituality. She is a mother, Gold Star Wife, and completed two forty day hunger strikes to bring attention to the sexual and gender based violence in Congo, and the marginalized people of Sudan and South Sudan. Her first book, Sex, Lies and Politricks is available on Amazon. Follow her on Twitter @MediaLizzy.

Entries by Elizabeth Blackney

American University's Fraternity Problem: Assault

(9) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:10 PM

This evening was on my calendar for weeks, months. A quick trip to Washington, D.C., and a great night at American University with students, faculty, friends, and advocates was on offer. Following a screening of The Last Survivor, a documentary that chronicles the lives of survivors from the Holocaust to...

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Dr. Denis Mukwege: Congo's Nobel Nominee

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:38 PM

Systemic mass rapes of innocent civilians, deployed as a weapon of war remains almost inconceivable to Western audiences. In Congo, there are 48 rapes per hour of girls and women aged 15-49, according to a study published by the American Journal of Public Health in 2011. This does not...

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Red Lines in Sudan

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 12:55 PM

The space formerly owned by diplomats and politicians now shares the stage with think tanks, advocacy organizations, and tech giants like DigitalGlobe. The Satellite Sentinel Project, SSP, a partnership between the Enough Project and DigitalGlobe, has essentially privatized statecraft when it comes to the two Sudans. With key...

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The GOP vs. Itself?

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 1:10 PM

The reelection of President Obama gives the Republican Party a chance to do what it never did in 2008. It is time for reflection, reconciliation, and hopefully rebirth. The many factions under the Big Tent have an opportunity to let reality sink in.

After my 20 years in and...

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In Praise of the Alphas

(34) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Gimme a genius, righteous, hot, alpha male hero and all will be right with the world. So sayeth the ladies who are tired of geek culture, video games, and soft hands.

A fan of archaic lit and nonfiction, it is rare for me to pick up a novel. After...

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Stevie Nicks, Feminism, and Becoming Women in Full

(6) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM

There is comfort in the lusciousness of Stevie Nicks' voice, her intricate lyrics. The arrangement of each song constructs the perfect ride for each soul. For forty years, she has lived life on her own terms. As witnesses to her creative success, personal triumphs, and tribulations, we all have an...

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Starved for Justice: #SudanRevolts

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 9:15 AM

Frustrated with President Barack Obama's policies on Sudan, I made a decision forty days ago. To give up food and adhere to a strict fast, consisting of lemon water with cinnamon and raw honey. Each day began with a concoction of blackstrap molasses, apple cider vinegar and cayenne. Most days...

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Moral Economics of Being an Anti-Genocide Leader

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 12:33 PM

Patriotic rhetoric emanates from both presidential campaigns, their allies, and the chirons of every broadcast and cable news division. Anchors and strategists drip with cynicism. Conventional wisdom reflects an intellectual laziness rather than common sense and good governance.

Meanwhile, Americans struggle to survive the threat of another economic collapse....

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Negotiating With Monsters

(8) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 4:36 PM

Just weeks ago, every major network was breathless for George Clooney and news from Sudan. The Clooney left the building and predictably, so have the dozens of cameras and breathless interns, who waited for a glimpse of or a glance from the actor and activist who took Washington, DC by...

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From the Arab Spring to a Saharan Winter

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 1:32 PM

After the Arab Spring, there has been no summer bounty. No enlightenment. No renaissance in the Arab Islamic world. Ethnic cleansing continues unabated in Sudan. The horrors in Homs, Syria show the terror a despotic regime will perpetrate to keep power.

The fairy tale ending we were promised from...

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Lights, Camera, Sudan: Clooney Reports "Constant Drip of Fear"

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 12:24 PM

At a hearing convened by US Senator John Kerry, Obama Administration officials from USAID and the State Department acknowledged what many in the humanitarian aid and anti-genocide advocacy organizations have been sounding the alarms about. Finally. From USAID there were strong words about famine relief, noting the US should understand...

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Soldier. Designer. Star.

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 3:50 PM

Generational politics and personalities fascinate us, ignite debate and shape our media coverage and perceptions. After a recent conversation with Academy of Country Music nominee Hunter Hayes, I sat down with a 26-year-old Army Veteran, Willie Charles.

Generation Y continues to impress. Instead of wanting...

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Generations X and Y: Grit, Freedom and Triumph

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 11:00 AM

The film Act of Valor opened this weekend with an unprecedented cast. Active Duty Navy SEALs star in the gripping tale of global terrorism and heroic acts undertaken to stop it. The tag line, "The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday" rings true for children, teens and young adults...

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Truth in the Sahara: Refugees and Hostages

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 3:46 PM

The sheer enormity of the African continent defies understanding. The whole of China, India, Japan, the United States and all of Europe would comfortably fit on the land mass of Africa, with room to breathe around the edges. Despite the diversity of people, culture, and history, there is...

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Peace in Sudan, Enslaved by Politics

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 7:48 PM

A young man from Sudan, Ker Aleu Deng, spoke eloquently. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) convened the hearing earlier this week of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights to address Deng's situation as a "Lost Boy." Deng was recently rescued from slavery, his mother is...

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Wealth of a Nation

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 1:12 PM

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, a nation plagued by war and civil strife for decades, possesses an estimated $24 Trillion in rare mineral and natural resource wealth. The highest rates of sexual violence in recorded history, child slavery and populations held captive to warlords and a government...

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A Hunger for Justice

(2) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 11:23 AM

Hunger, suffering, religious oppression, living in fear of ethnic cleansing and deprivation of basic human rights are unfamiliar territory in America. Praying for a safe refugee camp to appear on the horizon after walking for days seems little more than a nightmare. Dusty, arid lands and thousands of faces melt...

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Fearless in Life and Love

(14) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 8:00 AM

This post is part of the "Modern Male Brains & the Young, Powerful Women Who Love Them" series compiled by Dr. Louann Brizendine, neuroscientist and author of the recent book, The Male Brain. The series explores how the next generation of women relates to love while balancing complex,...

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