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Esther Armah
Esther Armah is the radio host of The Spin, a weekly one hour syndicated radio show that airs across the US in Iowa, Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and globally in Accra, Ghana as well as online. She is a playwright, whose 4 plays have been produced on the New York stage and in Chicago. She is the creator of 'emotional justice.'

Entries by Esther Armah

Lupita: Black Beauty's Intimate Revolution

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 1:16 PM

"I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful, I got teased and taunted about my night shaded skin and my one prayer to God... was that I would wake up lighter skinned." Lupita, in flawless white, shared her struggles with her skin color and beauty during her acceptance speech...

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#theFword: The Missionary's Position

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Philly, October 1997. Winnie Mandela was the keynote speaker at the Million Woman March. I was a freelance journalist from London and couldn't afford hotels, so, one of the press contacts for the March found me a house to live in during my time in Philly. In an act of...

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The 'N' Word: Nuance, Stop and Frisk and Don Lemon

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Twitter is exploding right now. CNN's Don Lemon is the focus of 140-character rage as accusations fly back and forth that his weekly Tuesday radio commentary on The Tom Joyner Show was a defense of stop and frisk -- a NYPD policy that, on the one hand, criminalizes millions of...

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Emotional Justice: On 'Perfect' Victims and 'Ideal' Predators

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2013 | 5:08 PM

Two suicides. One, a convicted rapist, the other a rape victim. Both made headlines. Both unrelated. The convicted rapist was Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kidnapped, raped and tortured three girls -- now women -- for a decade. The other was 14-year-old rape victim Cherice Moralez, who committed suicide...

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Syria: The Politics of Swagger

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Resolution approved. The politics of swagger led to Wednesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee authorizing a limited U.S. military intervention in Syria. The committee voted 10-7 in favor of a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria and bars the use of U.S. troops on the...

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The Other National Conversation? White Privilege

(25) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Historic. That was the reaction to President Obama's recent remarks on Trayvon Martin. That stage, that podium, that office all registered this humanizing act as particularly important and necessary to the "national conversation on race." The reaction to those words, which some regarded as too little, too late, and too...

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Exhibit A? The Theater of a Black Dummy

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Speechless. I am in a Manhattan diner. Eyes glued to CNN. The prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial has pulled out a black dummy. He straddles it, handles it, pulls it up, stays straddled and questions a witness. The defense follows. They, too, straddle the dummy and then continue to...

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theSWAGspot: Intimate Public Space to Talk Love, Lessons and Legacy With Men for Men

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 1:09 PM

"The woman who loved me for me told me I had a dysfunctional way of showing I love someone. That if I needed to display hate to show that I loved, I never really loved, I was truly lost."

Crunched over a computer, with his hair braided into two...

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On Boston & Violence: An Intimate Relationship

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Boston. Remote in hand, I channel surf, pausing from one horror to another. I've just heard the president's message of unity, swift justice for the perpetrators, and recognition that on this day we are all Americans -- not members of different parties, but of one nation.

National horrors like...

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Scar Stories: On White Dudes and Rape Culture

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 2:01 PM

White men need to stop talking about rape. Specifically, Republican senators and congressmen, whose claims provoke national firestorms, should cease rape-talk. Such comments spark cable news punditry and panels and prompt gleeful hand rubbing by Democrats, but essentially cloud the larger and far more toxic issue of a societal rape...

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Birthdays, Legacies, Love, Leadership: Letter to Winnie Mandela

(11) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Dear Mama Winnie,

Wednesday was Nelson's birthday. Headlines celebrating him as peace leader and iconic African symbol adorn papers in the four corners of the globe. I'm thinking of you, wondering how you are today. Like so many millions all over the world, I love and respect your ex....

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The 'Real Black Man' Is Dead: Frank Ocean and Black Masculinity

(147) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 1:39 PM

Winning: that's a good word to hear within social justice movements. Over the last several weeks, the President voiced his support for same-sex marriage, followed by hip-hop's leading man, Jay Z. Then CNN's Anderson Cooper came out, followed by Frank Ocean, an African-American singer in the world of hyper-masculine hip...
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