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#LessClassicallyBeautiful: Viola Davis Sticks it to New York Times & Mass Media

This past September, New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley wrote a passive-aggressive feature on actress Viola Davis and her role in the titillating new series favorite, How to Get Away With Murder. Stanley not only ascribed the ‘Angry Black Woman’ trope to Davis’s character Annalise Keating (and acclaimed TV producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes) in the opening paragraph, but she also suggested that […]

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Twenty Years and Counting: The Commercial Internet at 20

Imagine your world without streaming video and music, without the Web, Facebook or online shopping. Imagine traveling without a GPS. What if instead of tapping the Search Bar on your phone or tablet to get the information you needed now, you had to trudge down to the local library to look it up? For those […]

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Boz Zellinger for Wake County District Attorney

We at The Broad Side love having contributors talk about the candidates and elections in their home town that are important to them.  Big thanks to our friend Marty Long for sharing this and for sharing her passion for an important race in her county! It’s not election season in my mind. There have been […]

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Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar Speech: More Focused in God or Ticket Sales?

It’s no surprise to see Fox and Breitbart throwing together approving articles on Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar acceptance speech. But despite the fact that it sounded rambling, here’s why I think Matthew McConaughey was actually giving a very calculated speech that went beyond praising God. First, I have no doubt that his speech was sincere, that he meant to say […]

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Birth Control Made Me

Birth control made me. Kinda oxymoronic, eh? But it did. I could have gotten pregnant oh so many years ago, with my high school boyfriend. I would have been showing in my graduation robe, with that silly gold Honor Student cord meaning nothing, as I settled down in my nothing town, with bills, diapers, and […]

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How Do You Feel About Your Daughter Using the ‘F’ Word?

Since the release of my book Wonder Women several months ago, one of the questions that I’ve consistently been asked is “how is feminism different today? What do you hear on campus? Do young women want to be feminists, or not?”  It’s a complicated question, without an easy answer.  Because young women, of course, don’t […]

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When Your Best Friend Has Breast Cancer

It’s October. ‘Tis the season for everything pumpkin and oceans of pink vomited upon every product known to mankind. It’s October. ‘Tis the season for me to think about Susan twice as much everyday and remember the one equation my astrophysicist best friend taught me that I actually understood: ACTION > AWARENESS There isn’t much […]

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