In the midst of America’s disgusting white supremacist prison system, women currently make up the fastest growing prison population. In lieu of that, equally loved and criticized Orange is The New Black author Piper Kerman stood in front of Congress yesterday to speak on the deadly realities facing women behind bars.
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When former convicts are released from prison, one of the biggest barriers they face is securing employment. A job is so important for re-entry into mainstream society, but most employers refuse to hire someone with a felony on their record, despite the fact that they’re known to make loyal employees. Piper Kerman, author of the… More »
If you read Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black or binge-watched the Netflix adaptation (and who hasn’t done that?), chances are you have wondered about the real-life woman behind Nora (in the book) and Alex Vause (the character in the show). For the first time ever, 51-year-old novelist and PhD student Catherine Cleary… More »
It’s safe to say that Netflix’s latest original series, “Orange is the New Black,” is nothing short of binge-worthy. I devoured the entire first season in under 96 hours (seriously). Groundbreaking on many levels, the show openly displays queer female sexuality and features a uniquely complex portrayal of a black transgender woman (played by the… More »
I’ve been willfully chained to my television for the past week, tearing through episodes of Jenji Kohan’s latest, “Orange Is The New Black” — and I highly recommend you do the same. For the uninitiated, this is the story of Piper Chapman, a bougie, well-meaning white lady who is plopped into a minimum security prison… More »
In February 2004, Piper Kerman arrived at the women’s prison in Danbury, Conn., to serve a yearlong sentence for a drug-related crime she’d committed 10 years before.
“There’s no visiting today,” an officer told Piper when her fiancé pulled into one of the parking areas.
“I’m here to surrender,” she said.
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