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The Magic Of Meshell Ndegeocello

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

It's fair to say that, in our age of digitized apathy and carefully-curated online inertia, you can add singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to that long line of creative polymaths who have not only injected vital energy into the culture but repeatedly spoken truth to power.

Return of the Weasels

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

America is still struggling to live up to its creed enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and overcome its huge birth defects built into the implementation of our political and economic system.

Celebrating Women's History Month -- On Mars

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

We're halfway through Women's History Month and since no one has mentioned any Martian females of historical significance, I'd like to recognize a few who exemplify "character, courage and commitment," this year's theme as chosen by the national women's history project.

Sojourner's Truth

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Sojourner went on to meet presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She developed a friendship with fellow human rights activist Harriet Tubman. She tried to vote on two occasions, but was turned away both times.

Where Are the Great Speeches by Women?

Gerit Quealy | Posted 01.19.2013 | Women
Gerit Quealy

So, I was left with this: Maybe men don't know how to write soaring women's speeches. Maybe they have no idea what they would say. And maybe women don't either.

WATCH: Nia Long Delivers Historical Sojourner Truth Speech

Posted 11.10.2012 | Black Voices

As today officially marks this year’s presidential Election, various issues are on the line in choosing our country’s commander in chief. One p...

What "Liberty/Liberté" Tells Us About Slavery, Black History, and Raw Nerves

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Louise Mirrer

Why has a work by the African-American artist Fred Wilson -- an installation piece that riffs on the topic by assembling authentic slave shackles, slave chains and Revolutionary-era icons -- been such a sore point with critics? We must have struck a raw nerve.

Ain't I a Woman?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

When taunted while speaking in favor of women's rights by some white men who asked if she was really a woman, Sojourner bared her breasts and famously retorted, "Ain't I a woman?"

Publisher Drops 'Inflammatory Words' from Huck Finn

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

If discussions about race and racism are dropped based on the edited version of Twain's Huck Fin, it would be an educational tragedy.

No Excuses

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

We all have excuses for why we haven't accomplished this or that. This is the case with many aspects of the most important revolution on the planet: the end of gender domination.

The Women's Deliberation Movement

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

In this era, we can no longer afford for deliberation, defined as "leisureliness of movement or action; slowness" to define us as women.

Rebirth or Dungeon? Inside a Notorious DC High School

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

I visited the Sojourner Truth Academy for ninth-graders on Friday, June 18. When I asked a student who gave me a tour of the building what the best part of school was for him, he told me: "the teachers... but they're all leaving."

A Prayer

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

Aung San Sun Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Chief Joseph, Harvey Milk -- teach us! Revolution aint what it used to be.

Want Equal Rights? The Truth Is - Just Take Them!

Gloria Feldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gloria Feldt

International Women's Day started as a movement for better working conditions and voting rights. Now it's up to today's women to finish the job -- no excuses if we don't.

Michelle Obama Honors Sojourner Truth, Wears Striped Skirt (PHOTOS)

AP | ANN SANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

*Scroll down for slideshow* WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday reflected on her own family's rise from slavery to the White Hous...

Tavis Smiley's Big Day

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karen Ocamb

Gay and bisexual black men in California have household incomes that are 44 percent lower than their heterosexual counterparts.

Barack Obama and the Promise of Progress

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The progressive movement throughout the last century has enlisted political leaders, economists, educators, and clergy who strive to create a more equitable world, a task we believe is possible.