Stop Caping for Predators and Perpetuating Myths About Sexual Assault

As you may have heard by now, our washed-up but memorable childhood favorite, Nelly was arrested over the weekend amid allegations of raping a 21-year-old in Washington. The woman reported to filed a police report, saying the assault took place on Nelly’s tour bus. Additionally, videos have surfaced of the rapper creepily serenading young girls onstage and twirling their hair at his concerts. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is also making headlines as accounts of sexual misconduct with women in the industry are surfacing. And when sexual assault allegations against public figures arise, the rape apologists pull out their capes, ready to victim-blame and defend the men in question at all costs.

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50 Shades of Brown: Unpacking Colorism and Misogynoir

Growing up, I remember being told by elders that I would encounter opposition from other black folks because of my appearance. In other words, I was subtly conditioned to believe that being comparatively lighter skinned and perceivably “pretty” would subject me to hostility from darker skinned girls.

7 Unmistakable Signs Your Allyship Is Performative

As more people of privilege learn about systemic oppression, well-meaning folks--or those who find the idea of purposely contributing to injustice abhorrent-- have increasingly shown an interest in becoming an "ally". But being an ally is not just for show, it's a lifestyle that requires ongoing labor and self-reflection. Here are seven unmistakable signs that you need to reroute your approach to being an ally.

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