Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: Spreading Unsubstantiated Theories About Sandra Bland’s Death Won’t Bring Her Justice

Though there has been plenty of sound reporting on the facts of the case, there has also been no shortage of conspiracy theories circulating the internet — including one that claims Bland was lying on the ground in her mug shot photo, the insinuation being that the young woman was dead already.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 28, 2015

The Soapbox: Nicki Minaj’s Point About European Beauty Standards And Misogynoir Is Not “Redundant”

Ed Sheeran, please STFU and have a seat next to Taylor Swift.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 23, 2015

The Soapbox: No, You Don’t Have To Be “Respectful” For Police Officers To Be Professional

Sandra Bland’s arrest and death has sparked outrage across the nation. Dash cam footage captured the enraged police officer, State Trooper Brian Encinia, threatening “I will light you up” while pointing a taser because the young woman refused to put out her cigarette or step out of her vehicle during a routine traffic stop. She wa…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 22, 2015

The Soapbox: Chicago Artist Exploits Michael Brown’s Death With Tone-Deaf Attempt To Examine Her Own White Privilege

While attempting to explore white privilege in her latest exhibit, artist Ti-Rock Moore displayed a tone deaf approach of precisely that — white privilege. Moore’s exhibit, Confronting Truths: Wake Up!“, which recently opened in Chicago, was created, according to the artist, to “honestly and frankly… explore white privilege through my acute awareness of the unearned…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 14, 2015

The Soapbox: Why Russell Wilson & Ciara’s “No-Sex Vow” Weirds Me Out

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recently did an interview with Pastor Miles McPherson at San Diego’s Rock Church in which he not only confirmed that he has been dating pop star Ciara, but that the couple has vowed to go about their relationship “Jesus’s way” by abstaining from having sex until marriage. Wilson says he got the message…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 9, 2015

The Soapbox: On Pennsatucky & Poor, White, Rural Representation On “Orange Is The New Black”

For every story that “Orange Is The New Black” has inspired in the media, I never thought that I would come across one that uses the show as an example of how white women aren’t taken care of well enough. But of course there is one.

By: Chloe Stillwell / July 8, 2015

The Soapbox: Protecting Affirmative Action Is A Feminist Issue

Abigail Fisher’s lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin is an example of how white women are used as pawns in a war against people of color where both demographics lose to white male patriarchy. …

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 7, 2015

The Soapbox: How Fox News Helped Turn My Conservative Dad Into A Gay Marriage-Loving Liberal

Last Friday, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that same sex couples have the right to marry. What an incredible day in American history. It’s a victory I’m happy to share with my dad. No, my dad isn’t gay, but he his opinion on gay marriage has made a lot of progress. A…

By: Sydney Leathers / July 3, 2015

The Soapbox: Why Won’t Hillary Clinton Say “Black Lives Matter”?

Considering the large body of work that explains why the phrase “all lives matter” is contextually racist and wholly inappropriate, it seriously gives me pause that Hillary Clinton let the words slip out of her mouth.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 24, 2015

The Soapbox: What Do Most Rampage Killers Have In Common? They’re Men

Society must take a more bold stand against male violence.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 22, 2015

The Soapbox: When Black Children Aren’t Welcome In White Spaces

Many a Black child has that moment when they learn that certain White spaces are off limits to them. That not only are such spaces unwelcoming, but they can possibly be dangerous. The Black teenagers who attempted to attend a pool party on the White side of the town of McKinney, Texas, learned that lesson

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 8, 2015

The Soapbox: On All The Male Tears Being Shed Over “Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Mad Max: Fury Road” will go down in history as the movie that flushed all of the roosters out of the hen nest. George Miller did a brilliant job with everything from cinematography, to score, to flipping the typical action blockbuster plot structure on its head. He created the most bewitching two-hour car chase anyone…

By: Chloe Stillwell / May 22, 2015

The Soapbox: Professional Sports Doesn’t Care About Women

On Tuesday, the New York Liberty—resident WNBA team at Madison Square Garden—announced that Isiah Thomas would be coming on board as president and part-owner of the team.If that name sounds familiar, it should: Thomas has a long history in basketball, albeit not a glorious once since he transitioned from playing on teams to coaching and…

By: Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey / May 8, 2015

The Soapbox: Floyd Mayweather’s Victory Championed Domestic Abuse (And The Media Is Partially To Blame)

As Floyd Mayweather climbed the ring-side ropes to proclaim his victory in front of the cheering MGM Grand crowd of America’s most influential people, the media snapped photos that will capture the first moment of what will go down in history as the most expensive fight in history. Live television panned to a shot of…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 4, 2015

The Soapbox: Justice Is No Longer An Option, It Is A Necessity

Prosecutors have found probable cause to rule Freddie Gray’s death a homicide, with the six officers involved in his death being hit with charges ranging from misconduct to manslaughter to 2nd degree depraved heart murder. The announcement was made this morning by Baltimore state attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby, who said the officers intentionally put the young ma…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 1, 2015

The Soapbox: On Nick Loeb & His Whiny Demand For Ex Sofia Vergara’s Frozen Embryos

Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiancé is determined to get the last word on the whole frozen embryo fiasco. To recap: Back when actress Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb were engaged, they had embryos created out of her eggs and his sperm. Two viable embryos were then frozen for possible future use. When they split, Vergara wanted nothing…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 30, 2015

The Soapbox: On Laverne Cox’s Nude Photo Spread & Meghan Murphy’s Transphobia

Laverne Cox graced Allure’s annual “Nudes” issue with a picture that is so honest in its emotion and raw in its beauty I damn near cried looking at it. She admits her insecurities and ultimately decided to shrug them off and have the mac ‘n’ cheese she was craving the night before the shoot. That’…

By: Katie Klabusich / April 27, 2015

The Soapbox: My Bindi Is Not Your Bindi

I’ve realized that there’s a rather marked difference in being proud of your culture, and having ownership over it. Both are important and necessary, but for 20-some odd years, my culture was something that happened to me, but only in the last seven years has it actually become mine.

By: Beejoli Shah / April 16, 2015

The Soapbox: We Can’t Address Poverty Until We Listen To People Who Are Living It

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about last Friday’s article on Gwyneth Paltrow and the Food Bank Challenge. From that feedback I’ve learned a lot of useful things, like that the $29-per-week allocation is supposed to be for three people; you aren’t allowed to buy prepared food on SNAP in Illinois, Ohio, and I assume…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 13, 2015

The Soapbox: How We Talk About Consent Absolutely Matters

How we talk about consent absolutely matters. How we talk about it in private conversations, in academia, in public discourse — all matters.

So for ELLE to publish an essay attacking “Yes Means Yes” policies — and during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, no less — is unconscionable even if it is penned by a…

By: Katie Klabusich / April 8, 2015
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