It does my heart good to see women of all races embrace Michelle Obama. It is too rare indeed for a brown-skinned woman, a descendant of slaves, a product of Chicago’s South Side to be lauded on an international stage. Considering the heavy burden of stereotype still faced by black women, I cheer a little each time the First Lady gets some shine for her strength and smarts. But I note that in their eagerness to identify with Obama and make her emblematic of modern woman, some mainstream feminists unwittingly erase a key part of her identity–her blackness–and deny the experiences and histories of many African American women in the process. Keep reading »
You might have missed President Obama’s speech last night at the Democratic National Convention if you were watching the VMAs (and throwing things at the television when Rihanna and Chris Brown kissed) instead. Or maybe you were crying in the fetal position over the news that Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are dunzo. Also totally legitimate. But the president’s speech was pretty great and worth watching today. (And don’t miss Sandra Fluke, Bubba Clinton, or these other speeches, either.) Enjoy!
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who became a household name earlier this year when she spoke in front of Congress about access to affordable birth control — and was subsequently called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh — spoke at the Democratic National Convention last night, focusing on the ways in which a Romney administration would have a negative impact on the lives of women. Watch it above!
I swear to Bubba, after Bill Clinton’s epic 50-or-so minute speech — the majority of which was off-prompter and went about 30 minutes longer than scheduled — at the second night of the Democratic National Convention, I felt like I deserved a degree in political science, a cigarette, and a cold shower. Damn. Watch it all above.
And on a completely shallow note, Michelle Obama looked amazing in a Tracy Reese dress at last night’s Democratic National Convention — but it was her nail polish that caught my eye. Upon closer inspection — I couldn’t sleep, okay? — the polish appears to be a blue-ish grey color, possibly in tribute to the Democratic Party, but more likely just further proof that she’s naturally fierce in the style department. I’m not sure what brand/color she was wearing, but I found a few similar shades — check ‘em out, after the jump! Keep reading »
Did you watch the televised coverage of the first night of the Democratic National Convention? I did! Now, full disclosure, though I’m sure you guys already know this — I am far-left-leaning lady, and while I’m no fan of the two-party system, I’m obviously more inclined to agree with the Democratic Party’s platform. I’m a progressive — pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-immigration, etc. — and my opinions on what’s said at the RNC and DNC reflect those beliefs. But politics aside… Keep reading »