June 12, 2015

Lifestyle

WoW Festival: Who Owns Our Bodies?

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This weekend, I will be one of 128 women to appear at the New York debut of ‪‎WOW‬– Women of the World Festival, an international event intended to celebrate women and spark progressive discussion of their rights. Held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem —and open to everyone—the event runs June 11-14 and includes keynotes by Iyanla Vanzant and Naomi Wolf, performances by Macy Gray, Jessica Care Moore, and Toshi Reagon, workshops on Read more...

June 5, 2015

Lifestyle, Real Talk

#CountMeOUT: Wangechi Mutu & Toshi Reagon

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“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” -Audre Lorde

theHotness celebrates and partners with Black queer women this month in our #CountMeOUT campaign that links African and African-American women– both queer and straight in conversations and hopefully in a movement that expands the ways in which we think about community, activism and sisterhood.

In launching #CountMeOUT, I will present a series of Read more...

May 25, 2015

Real Talk

Dear Chris Brown: An Open Letter

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Dear Chris Brown, Mentally Ill Black Women Need Counseling, Not A Good Lay:

When you returned home on Wednesday, May 6th I know you surely had a WTF moment. Discovering that your home was broken into, seeing your cars vandalized and finding a naked woman, whom you didn’t know, in your bed had to be shocking, infuriating and maybe even a little scary. You were violated by a young woman who by all accounts, even Read more...

May 19, 2015

Real Talk

Black Power Without Black Women Is Weak

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“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” – Malcolm X 

When most people think about Malcolm X they immediately think of Black manhood leading to associations of Black power tied exclusively to the work of Black men. This is most likely a case of people not knowing that our own Black shining Read more...

March 27, 2015

Real Talk, TV/Film

“GIRLHOOD” Screening & Discussion in Harlem!

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This Saturday, March 28th, in partnership with Imagenation Cinema Foundation, theHotness.com is hosting the 7:30pm screening of the critically acclaimed film Girlhood. Please join me as I moderate a post discussion with panelists Yvette Russell (former ESSENCE Entertainment Editor & current Director of Programs for READ Alliance), Shawanna Bell (Program Coordinator at Young Life), and Genesis Mullen (Young Life member) along with girls from the Harlem chapter of Young Life for Read more...

March 13, 2015

TV/Film

Black Love Matters in Real Life & in Film

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On the recent cable broadcast of Book Of Negroes when Aminata Diallo says to her former slave owner, “I love that slave man… freely,” she was not only claiming her love for her African husband, she was committing an act of resistance. Manifesting their love was a radical expression of freedom for slaves that even chains couldn’t suppress. That kind of freedom was a threat to the entire institution of slavery and, seemingly, is one Read more...

November 27, 2014

Lifestyle

Bigger Than Ferguson: My Night Protesting in NYC

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On Monday and Tuesday night I was in the streets marching with #NYC2Ferguson protesters. On Tuesday night I started at 34th St walking looking for my fellow marchers, joined them at 42nd and made it up to 72nd with them chanting with hands up all the way, but by then my feet, thighs and vocal chords were screaming “No Mas” and I was freezing. Oh to be young again I could’ve made it all the

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October 19, 2014

theHigh-5

theHigh5: Viola Davis, Wangechi Mutu & Liz Peña

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Whoa so much going on this last week, it was hard to pick just five things! Here’s what you may have missed:

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1. Viola Davis as Annalise and her last 3 minutes on How To Get Away With MurderThe more Annalise removed, the more we felt her pain. Yet, in that moment no one could deny her strength in the midst of such raw vulnerability. Yes, ladies, I think we all felt this Read more...

August 23, 2014

theHigh-5

theHigh-5: Mo’Ne Davis, #Ferguson, Toni Morrison

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theHigh-5 is not new here on theHotness, but making it the feature where we highlight our top five Facebook posts from the past week… well that’s new. So without further ado, here’s this week’s favorite five:

1. #OnTheRun #Ferguson

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While Jay-Z & Beyonce play #ontherun, this real life couple…

2. Mo’Ne Davis – #ThrowLikeAGirl

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We love Mo’Ne Davis who’s showing all the boys what a fastball looks like (and that would be 70 mph)! She’s Read more...

July 18, 2014

Real Talk

Standing On The Corner of Self-Realization & Joy

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“You meet all kinds of people that help put life in perspective and turn the horror into some kind of lesson or avenue of awakening that lives with you all your days.” -Ruby Dee

“Stand still inside yourself and know who you are.” -Dr. Maya Angelou

If you’ve seen me walk you know I walk hard and in typical New Yorker form, I rarely stand still. Exactly a month ago, after just leaving my office Read more...