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The Chicago mayor needs to get real about her ineffective leadership

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On Saturday night, the mayor of Chicago found herself the subject of rumors that made her sound like the perfect candidate for a future Mona Scott Young production.

According to, activist Ja’Mal Green, a critic of Lightfoot, tweeted then deleted a message indicating that Lightfoot was planning to leave office.

On Sunday, Green tweeted that he was “sorry” for helping to spread the rumor. “I know Lori is mad that folks have started rumors and I’m sorry I helped by saying she’s resigning but the reality is, we’ve been lied to since the beginning of this administration,” Green…


The vice president affirms my daughters’ dreams in ways no man can

Kamala Harris addresses supporters at party headquarters at the Chase Center on November 7, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/Getty Images

One November night in 2008, I found myself with a house full of crying guests.

It’s not like the evening wasn’t festive. There was gumbo and chicken, cake and wine; we chatted and enjoyed each other’s company, even while we waited for the pivotal moment to arrive.

And then it happened: A Black man was elected president. He wouldn’t be just the president of the United States — he would be president.

I didn’t even know most of my guests that night. I was relatively new to my suburban neighborhood and invited everyone nearby who I thought would share…


Dear Level

It’s none of your damn business

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Many years ago, I went out on a second or third date with a nice enough guy. I don’t remember his name or what he looked like. But I clearly remember why there was no fourth date.

We got to that part of the conversation where you go back and forth about… whatever. It starts with simple biographical details: college majors, first jobs, recent vacations. Then you get to the juicy stuff. Once the booze starts hitting, the questions tend to get more intense.


Women like Vanessa Bryant and Lauren London are deserving of respect, regardless of their connections to beloved men

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Over the weekend, Vanessa Bryant logged onto Instagram to once again address a grievance on behalf of her family. This time it was about an ill-considered punchline from Meek Mill on a recent song: “If I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe.”

Bryant’s response was short and to the point. “I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period,” she wrote. “I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this. If you are a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your…


The newest Netflix obsession, comes from TV’s peak pound-for-pound provocateur, Shonda Rhimes. And just like Shondaland productions , , and , propulsivedalliance with the messy underpinnings of society have all but endeared fans across the globe.

But just because it addresses and seemingly brushes past issues of class, status, and rape culture doesn’t mean we as an audience cannot take them on seriously.

In Daphne Bridgerton raped her husband and why it’s important to not romanticize it,” writer Yia Vue focuses on Daphne, who so desperately wants a child that she…


After silence and outright disrespect, it’s time to excommunicate Meg’s alleged shooter for good

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Journalistically, I’m supposed to use the word “allegedly” when talking about Tory Lanez shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot in a fit of rage in July. The word “allegedly” is supposed to be used because, despite the fact Megan Thee Stallion confirmed — er, accused — Lanez of shooting her in the foot multiple times, it hasn’t been proven in a court of law. Those are the rules, I guess.

Also, journalistically, I’m not supposed to advocate for Lanez getting tossed down a flight of stairs onto a stack of bear traps.

And, journalistically, I am supposed to have…


Gender and sex cannot be reduced to reproductive organs

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Here we go again. Amid a global pandemic and worldwide protests in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, a straight White cisgender billionaire can still grab headlines with trans-antagonistic tweets, taking issue with the fact that people other than women menstruate.

I am one of those people. I was assigned female at birth, but I am agender. In 2014, I transitioned to male for legal and medical purposes and began testosterone therapy. After enduring decades of unwelcome menstruation from unwanted reproductive organs, I was glad to put an end to their function.

Unfortunately, I recently began menstruating again. As has happened…


You’ll learn that the human species is far more diverse and resilient than the society of your childhood is willing to acknowledge

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Zusong,

I know you’re having a hard time. I remember your secondary school teacher telling your mother, “This boy is too soft. Let’s hope the homosexuals do not get a hold of him.” You’re an anxious ball of stress because you know whenever you loosen up, people pounce on your queerness. Your grades have fallen. You dread mornings, knowing you have to face your classmates’ taunts: “ why do you act like a girl?”

What does it mean to “act like a girl,” anyway? You’re only being yourself — but society has decided you are somehow inappropriate. …


There’s much more work to be done to take down machismo

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If you aren’t already aware, “Latinx” is a term used to foster inclusivity among Latin Americans. The goal is to eliminate the sole use of the identifiers “Latino” and “Latina” to acknowledge all gender expressions. While the word isn’t new — its usage dates back to 2004 — its popularity has soared over the last couple of years.

In 2017, Mitú posted a video praising “Latinx” for overcoming the gender bias inherent in the Spanish language — since masculine grammar becomes the default, the word challenges the patriarchy by stripping away that default masculinity. …

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