Activism

Rihanna Tried to Play a Free Show in Baltimore Surrounding the Freddie Gray Protests

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In support of the protests that followed the homicide of Freddie Gray, and the spirit of uprising and refusal to accept the unjust status quo of institutional racism, Prince played a Rally4Peace concert in Baltimore in May. It saw a massive turnout and was said to have brought much-needed “joy” and “healing” to Baltimore residents, but another performer had tried to do the same, and her attempt was seemingly denied.
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From Taylor Swift to Jon Stewart, Celebrities Are Getting Called Out for Biases

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Imagine if then-Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac had gently alerted Jon Stewart to his opinion that the host’s impression of Herman Cain “sounded like Kingfish” — and instead of blowing up and dropping an F-bomb, as Stewart reportedly did, the host had taken a beat to think about that critique, and then come back and said, “Hey, you’re right. Let’s drop the impression. Do you have any good ideas for how to target this guy?”
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The Propaganda War Against Planned Parenthood Rages On

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Perhaps you’ve heard about the recent hidden-camera video of a Planned Parenthood higher-up allegedly selling “fetal parts” on the black market. Maybe you’ve seen it debunked by a credible news outlet  (nope, turns out there was no tissue or organ selling occurring, but instead standard, legal, and ethical tissue donation as one might find in many medical contexts), explained by a full transcript,  shared in horror on social media, or rebutted in a Planned Parenthood video.
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Lena Dunham Introduces a “Goop Meets Grantland” Feminist Newsletter “Where There’s No Such Thing as TMI”

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Lena Dunham and her Girls production partner Jenni Konner are once again collaborating on a project “where there’s no such thing as TMI.” Though, to the delight of many, this project does not involve a Hannah Horvath, a Marnie Michaels, a Jessa Johansson, or a Shoshanna Shapiro. As Buzzfeed reports, it’s a weekly newsletter launching in September called “Lenny,” and is for “an army of like-minded intellectually curious women and the people who love them, who want to bring change but also want to know… where to buy the best tube top for summer that isn’t going to cost your entire paycheck.”
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