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The Trouble With Miley

Posted August 30th, 2013 by

Originally published at I’ve given Miley Cyrus’s performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards a few days to digest. At first, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what bothered me the most. Was it the bizarre way she kept sticking out her tongue? The Dances With Furries? Her stiff movements and butt-wiggling [...]

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What Does the March on Washington Mean Today?

Posted August 27th, 2013 by

Recently, my 12-year-old son and I entered the subway station at 96th Street and Broadway. On our way to the downtown platform, we saw a young teen boy being frisked and questioned by police. The young man was either light-skinned black or Latino, and he was dressed in the style fashionable for kids his age [...]

Posted Under: Anti-Violence

On Trayvon Martin and Fear

Posted August 7th, 2013 by

Cross-posted from Carolyn Edgar: Notes of a Lawyer, Writer, and Single Mom The acquittal of George Zimmerman leaves me fearful. I fear for my friend’s 15-year-old son. He plays football for his suburban high school. He is already 6’ 2” and still growing. And despite his baby face, the Zimmerman trial reminds us that, despite [...]

Working Women Blues

Posted February 27th, 2013 by

This story originally appeared in the Carolyn Edgar blog. There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck it up) and not let little things like babies [...]

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