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Lily Myers - "Shrinking Women" (CUPSI 2013)

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What Happens When A Black Man And A White Woman Speak For Each Other Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley begin to speak into their individual microphones -- but then they stop, switch mics and start talking again. In the video below from the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, the two Eastern Michigan University students perform their spoken word poem "Lost Voices" and discuss white privilege, reproductive rights, male privilege and dating while black. But instead of telling stories from their own lives, Bostley and Simpson tell one another's experiences. The result is a powerful commentary on white privilege and male privilege, respectively. When the two trade their respective privileges they're allowed to say things they normally wouldn't be able to. Bostley says things that Simpson cannot because he is black, while Simpson says things Bostley cannot because she's a woman.

Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain’t Shit The following essay is an adaptation of a Facebook post by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Questlove is the drummer for the Roots and the bandleader on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. I'm trying not to internalize these feelings about the Trayvon Martin case and make it about me — but hey, it is what it is, and maybe I'm melodramatic. What Lupita Nyong'o Speech Can Teach Young Girls  Lupita Nyong'o has been making her rounds on-screen at award shows and in the magazines, detailing her effortless fashion style. However, the moment that I felt a sense of connection with Lupita was during her speech on beauty standards and self-image. Recently, Lupita attended Essence Magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon and it was there she delivered a powerful and brilliant speech reflecting on her journey towards self-love. So many girls and women worldwide struggle with self-love due to the media's limiting depiction of beauty.

Fat Femme Artist Picks Apart Your Preconceived Notions Of Beauty, One Photo At A Time Day after day we're fed image after image of a certain body aesthetic: tanned, toned, waxed, oiled and perhaps a little digitally retouched. Today let's do things a little bit differently. We want to honor beautiful bodies that break the conventions we encounter in magazines, on television, on billboards and just about everywhere else. The radical and magnificent photographs of artist and activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater deconstruct the oppressive body ideals that govern so many of our desires, cherishing the impact of real, human forms. "As an artist and a woman of size my creative practice and my body politics are inseparable," Drinkwater explained in an email to The Huffington Post. "Exploring ways to reclaim spaces and platforms that are often prohibitive to 'othered' bodies is a huge inspiration.

42 Speeches for Youth By: Jaime Neely - Published: Sep 11, 2013 Many members of society expect big things from today's youth -- from finding sustain solutions for the environment to fighting global disparities -- and these youth presentations offer inspiration to members of Generation Y and Z. The topics of the speeches vary, providing a comprehensive discussion of the ways youth can transform the future. Some of the standout speeches come from politicians and former American Presidents including Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Both individuals believe in the power and potential of youth and push for stronger educational development across the world.

The Ivory Tower Doesn’t Yet Have a Room for Brown Girls By Larissa Pham “We just don’t do too much work on non-western art,” a classmate of mine was saying in seminar, speaking of her preference for European art. “It’s harder to speak about thematically—maybe it’s too specific, or maybe they’re just not there yet?”

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'This Girl Can' Reminds Women That Healthy Bodies And 'Perfect' Bodies Are Not The Same Thing Being an active woman rarely involves looking picture-perfect -- and a new commercial shows that there's nothing wrong with that. Sport England, an organization providing services and funding to sports programs in the UK, launched the "This Girl Can" campaign on Jan. 12 after research showed that 75 percent of English women would like to be more active. “Before we began this campaign, we looked very carefully at what women were saying about why they felt sport and exercise was not for them," Sport England CEO Jennie Price said in a press release.