The Founding Fathers Fouled Up … At Least for Women

As we all learned in elementary school, our Declaration of Independence from the British Empire was adopted on July 4, 1776. It declared that the thirteen American colonies were now a new nation — the United States of America. Unfortunately, it also declared that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are […]

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Stress is Not a Synonym for Depression

A recent suggestion by a reporter, following President Obama’s speech at the National Conference on Mental Health, that depression is just another word for stress, and that stress that can be dealt with hard work, stoicism and prayer, was a serious reminder about how we, as a society, view mental health issues less seriously than […]

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The Boys of Baltimore: A Success Story with Ice Cream!

High school drop out rates for black males have improved since De’Von Brown was a middle school delinquent in Baltimore but there are still far too many promising young men who don’t make it to graduation. De’Von, now 23, grew up in one of Baltimore’s roughest neighborhoods and knows something about long odds. (If you […]

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DOMA and My Childhood

I was just a sophomore in high school when the  Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law, and there are few pieces of legislation as personally significant to me. Politically, DOMA single-handedly fomented my lifelong devotion to marriage equality; psychologically, it did a lot more than that. My mom had come out three years earlier, when I […]

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Fabiana Luzzi: The Latest Victim in Italian ‘Femicides’

The Calabrian town of Corigliano Calabro, known for its fantastic clementines, now smells of burning human flesh. These days, people gather in that southern Italian town to pay their respects to Fabiana Luzzi, a dance-mad teenager whose death shocked a country into becoming increasingly concerned by the rate of femicides- the gender-based killings of women. Details of […]

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“N” is for Nullify

The notorious “N” word has had an interesting couples of weeks, thanks to a scandal surrounding a certain down-home cook with a mind for business. Whether Paula Deen truly only said the word “nigger” once in her entire 66 years– an idea I find impossible to believe –or if she says it every day 50 […]

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Punk Diva Debbie Harry: Thanks for the Life Lessons

Punk goddess Debbie Harry rocketed into my orbit at an early age. One Sunday afternoon before the days of cable TV, I spotted this woman on some now-forgotten show. She wore a khaki brown fedora and a jumpsuit in the same shade that looked as if it was sewn from a shiny garbage bag. She […]

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Wendy Davis vs. the Conservative Men of America

On Tuesday of this week, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered for 11 hours to delay a vote on a bill that would restrict abortion rights in her state. Governor Rick Perry – the guy who ran for the 2012 Republican nomination for President until he found himself unable to remember things like his own […]

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4 Reasons Rick Perry is Out of Touch with Texas Women

If there is one thing this week has taught us, it’s that Texas Governor Rick Perry is completely out of touch with the women of his very own state. Tuesday night, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat, stood for thirteen hours during a filibuster against Senate Bill 5 which would have seriously impacted women’s […]

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The Paula Deen Controversy: We Have Bigger Twinkies To Fry

Americans like the craziest controversies. Case in point this week: Paula Deen. The Savannah celebrity cook and personality is still trending on Twitter. “We Support Paula Deen” has more than 509,000 followers on Facebook – more than half of those joined the page after a tearful Deen appeared on the Today Show on Wednesday. Social […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: The Other SCOTUS Decisions

The Supreme Court of the United States issued some whopper opinions this week, as previewed on The Broad Side. The decision in Shelby County v. Holder held a portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to be unconstitutional. Two others related to the constitutionality of same-sex marriages, with Hollingsworth v. Perry ultimately re-legalizing same-sex […]

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DOMA Isn’t Dead Yet

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California. It was a great for America. Every legal marriage now counts the same in the eyes of the federal government. Yet every headline that declared “DOMA unconstitutional!” was wrong or […]

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A White Girl and the ‘N’ Word

The recent Paula Deen controversy has me thinking about an incident that happened to me when I was a child. When I was in elementary school in 1970′s Brooklyn, NY (maybe third grade?) a kid (who was white) told me I had “n*gger lips.”  It felt weird, because I wasn’t sure if it was a […]

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