Teens “shatter the silence” with spoken word

Teens “shatter the silence” with spoken word

DES MOINES — In a world where many of us are still ignored, a group of talented high school poets in Des Moines turned to spoken word as a way to shatter the silence. They take the stage in hopes to share the stories they’ve kept secret, or to shed light on...
Blocking the wrong people: back in Facebook jail

Blocking the wrong people: back in Facebook jail

In March, Facebook announced a new ban on white nationalist, white separatist, and white supremacist content. Latisha McDaniel Grife For many, this seemed like a long overdue policy change.  Others said they would believe it when they see it. For me, this policy fails...
Team Indigenous educates through roller derby

Team Indigenous educates through roller derby

The inclusive, empowering sport of roller derby is becoming a vehicle for indigenous women to speak out and make a difference. The nationwide Team Indigenous Rising Roller Derby, originally formed in 2018, announced its new team in April. Team Indigenous includes 25...
Intersectionality: don’t fear failure

Intersectionality: don’t fear failure

Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw first coined the term “intersectionality” in the late 1980s to describe the unique experiences of black women in the context of feminism. Crenshaw posited that because black women experienced both sexism and racism, these oppressive institutions...
Black activism and ‘Facebook jail’

Black activism and ‘Facebook jail’

Dec. 16, 2017:   Reported by a disgruntled person for a 90-day-old post about a bag of crackers. 30-day suspension.  May 11: Facebook removes a repost about the Yale student who called the cops on a sleeping black student, saying it did not fit “community standards.”...