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Rihanna's '#BBHMM' Video Is Brilliant, Terrifying, Complicated

(29) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 10:23 AM

The new, highly anticipated video for Rihanna’s “#BBHMM” is an epic, 7-minute visual kaleidoscope of style and excess and, as was clearly intended, it’s generated a lot of buzz since debuting online at midnight today. In the video, we watch Rih, accompanied by two silent minions, kidnap the...

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Women Are Revealing The Everyday Sexism Of #BeingFemaleInNigeria

(7) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 4:52 PM

The powerful hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria is trending on Twitter, sparking a conversation about the daily sexism and misogyny women in the West African country face.

Nigeria has made headlines world wide in recent months due to the kidnapping and rape of thousands of girls at the hands of...

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7 Stunning Portraits Of Women With Alopecia Redefine Femininity

(299) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 12:10 PM

With stark and stripped down images that demonstrate the power of portraiture, one Icelandic photographer has captured the beauty of bald women.

"Baldvin" is a new series by photographer Sigga Ella, featuring portraits of women of all ages who have alopecia, an autoimmune...

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12 Moments From The BET Awards That Made Us Do A Double Take

(21) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:33 PM

The BET Awards took over Los Angeles -- and our Twitter timelines -- on Sunday night. In case you missed this year's award show, we rounded up all the entertaining moments worth rehashing. From the iconic performances to shade-filled-one-liners, here are the most memorable moments from the ceremony.

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We Can't Even With The Irony Of Clarence Thomas's Marriage Equality Dissent

(739) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 1:22 PM

Today is a beautiful day.

It's a day of progress and celebration for those who have fought for and supported marriage equality in the United States. The Supreme Court ruling signifies a brief, shining moment of solidarity and joy. I don't want to ruin this...

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The New Spider-Man Casting Isn't Racist, Just Boring

(31) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:19 PM

Sony Pictures has made a lot of mistakes in the past year, but perhaps one of the biggest thus far is the new Spider-Man casting. This week, a relative unknown from the UK, Tom Holland, was announced as the actor set to play the iconic Peter Parker in...

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The 11 Realest Solange Knowles Quotes

(6) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:42 PM

What's not to love about Solange Knowles? She's a talented tastemaker, has phenomenal style, and makes amazing music. Once compared to her equally fly sister Beyonce, Knowles has carved out a niche for herself as a quirky carefree black girl who is more than comfortable to take chances and say...

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Taking Down The Confederate Flag Won't 'Solve' Racism

(321) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 4:26 PM

The people of Charleston rejoiced after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag at the state capitol, and rightly so.

A state official acknowledging the inherent racism of the flag feels like the first step towards healing in the wake...

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This Short Film Perfectly Illustrates The Trauma Of Your First Bra

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 12:28 PM

"Oh, honey. Do you want to start wearing a bra?"

It's the question that can elicit either joy or pure terror for every pre-teen girl, and a new short film from director and visual artist Natalie Neal has beautifully depicted the moment that many girls realize they're...

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We Created Dylann Roof

(1161) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 6:45 PM

There's a routine we follow after every gun massacre.

It goes like this: Reports of a gunman opening fire on innocent people in an unsuspecting place flood the news, and we are horrified. In shock and disbelief, we grieve collectively. We begin to ask questions. How, and why does this...

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150 Years After Emancipation, Dylann Roof Is A Chilling Reminder Of How Little Has Changed

(450) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 12:12 PM

Today is the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday that now, more than ever, holds a special kind of significance.

Juneteenth, a combination of "June" and "nineteenth," commemorates the emancipation of black people from slavery in the United States. The holiday was first celebrated on...

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How Feminist TV Became The New Normal

(7) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 5:34 PM

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In its third season, "Orange Is The New Black" has become a feminist utopia on our television, tablet, and laptop screens. It's critically acclaimed, created by a woman, written by a mixed-gender staff, and features a predominantly female, diverse cast. It's...

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6 Dads On What Black Fatherhood Means In The Age Of #BlackLivesMatter

(206) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 11:47 AM

Yesterday, news of the church shooting in Charleston which resulted in the death of nine people sent the black community reeling. The incident, now at the center of a hate crime investigation, is one of many in the last few months that has highlighted the realities of racism...

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アンジェリーナ・ジョリー 女性のために男性ができることを訴える

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:30 AM

6月11日に南アフリカのヨハネスブルグで開催されたアフリカ連合のサミットで、アンジェリーナ・ジョリーさんが世界各国に向けて女性への暴力や人権侵害の問題に向き合うよう訴え、大きな注目を集めた。

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Fans Support Muslim Gymnast Who Was Shamed For Wearing A Leotard

(125) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 4:08 PM

Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi sparked controversy in the Muslim community after receiving criticism for wearing a “revealing” leotard at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore last week.

The 21-year-old won two gold medals and six medals in total at the sports event, but came under fire...

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RBG Says Natalie Portman ‘Insisted' On Female Director For Biopic

(21) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 6:31 PM

Natalie Portman reportedly refused to sign on to the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic until it had a female director.

Portman is set to play the Supreme Court justice in "On the Basis of Sex," which will chronicle Ginsburg's early days as a lawyer.

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Angelina Jolie's Powerful Speech On What Women Really Need From Men

(469) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 1:14 PM

Angelina Jolie Pitt gave a powerful speech on June 11 at the biannual African Union Summit, using her star power to draw attention to women's rights across the globe.

According to The Independent, the actress and activist addressed a group of delegates in Johannesburg, South Africa, including...

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Why Comparing Rachel Dolezal To Caitlyn Jenner Is Detrimental To Both Trans And Racial Progress

(1972) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 3:42 PM

When news broke that Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane NAACP chapter president and a professor of African-American Studies at Eastern Washington University, was a white woman who had pretended to be black for nearly a decade, the primary emotion people expressed was deep confusion, followed by denial and anger.

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This Avengers Parody Comic Perfectly Illustrates The Absurdity Of 'Men's Rights'

(114) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Men's Rights Activists had a meltdown last month when they discovered Mad Max: Fury Road was not only an epic action movie, but -- gasp! -- actually focused on women! (Or as one disgruntled male moviegoer described the film: "nothing more than feminist propaganda.")

But it's not...

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13 Ways Amy Schumer Makes Us Proud To Be Women

(10) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 3:10 PM

This is Amy Schumer's year.

On her show "Inside Amy Schumer," the comedienne has made waves in a big way with her take on comedy that's raunchy, honest, and unapologetically feminist. From parodying pop songs and calling out ridiculous beauty standards to taking on...

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