Saturday night, SNL tried to defuse criticism for its persistent lack of black women comediennes in its cast in the only way it could -- through humor. Kerry Washington hosted, and was forced to play Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyonce.
We're not accustomed to being wanted. Lusted after, yes. Fantasized about, no doubt. Objectified, without question. But wanted, loved, dreamed for? Not so much. This, is why black women love Scandal. Everything about it is against how we're usually depicted on TV and in movies.
There was a time, in the not so distant past, when beauty was so cookie-cutter we were all made to feel that we had to fit into a mold. Many of us decided long ago to break that mold but we were still considered the outliers... and that was okay!
My heart skipped a beat when I heard the reknowned film director Deborah Kampmeier was in production for a movie based on the Sumerian Goddess Inanna.
During my first visit with Thomas inside her modest Washington apartment in the summer of 2011, little more than a year removed from her abrupt and unceremonious retirement, she still seemed shell-shocked.
Today's pageants are a sanitized and sanctioned outgrowth of nineteenth-century carnival sideshows.
Can a woman who seemed to have significantly downshifted her career while her children were young create a new space for herself? Will CNN work with her to take full advantage of her capacities?
It's important for younger women to see that success does not prevent mental health issues and that mental health issues do not prohibit success.
Haven't we long since come to terms with the fact that women can wear short skirts and red lipstick, love fashion and champion women's rights? That describing a woman as smart and sexy is not, in fact, an oxymoron?
I cannot make the world safe or perfect or even more evolved for her but I can tell the truth as I see it. As I turn out her light, I vow to do better, to turn off the noise.
I'm not sure that Glamour's topless cover shots are appealing to women because the cover models' breasts are "average."
I love the Oscars. This year, however, I will boycott the Academy Awards and encourage other to as well, because you managed to nominate exactly NO women for Best Director.
Manti Te'o has completely taken over the news cycle. The scandal has shed light on a number of important realities: fact-checking is a lost art that journalists will never forget to do again, and getting "catfished" is a thing in 2013. But the most unsettling aspect is not making headlines.
Is calling out "Women in..." really helping us move closer to true gender equality, an equality that continues to lag beyond all reason, ability and time? Or, in doing this, are we just ghettoizing and separating women, and thus slowing progress?
With an unflappable belief in the possibility of a freer, fairer world, Letty Cottin Pogrebin has spent the last 42 years of her life combating anti-Semitism, promoting peace in the Middle East and tirelessly fighting for women's rights in the U.S. and abroad.
Everyone, there's cursing in the lady mags. Someone dispatch one of Emily Post's descendants to the Conde Nast building STAT.