The anti-woman vibe of witch hunts

The anti-woman vibe of witch hunts

Cheryl Weatherford Being a practitioner of witchcraft has been a part of my life since I was a young girl. I always found comfort in the earth, singing in the rain, soaking up the sun, and  cleansing my spirit with warmth and light. Today, I continue to educate...
Liz Bennett: open, bold, bi and progressive

Liz Bennett: open, bold, bi and progressive

The national political scene is all abuzz over Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema and her boldly femme presentation of open bisexuality at her swearing-in ceremony while touting boldly progressive policies. Turns out Iowa has its own “Sinema,” a female politician almost more...
The best of protest music

The best of protest music

Every year, I dive through the music industry’s “best of” lists, looking for albums and artists that made a splash or flew under my radar. Ross Clowser This January, scrolling through lists from NPR, Pitchfork, the Guardian, and other tastemakers, one pattern became...
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...
REVIEW: Young lesbian love tested in “Rafiki”

REVIEW: Young lesbian love tested in “Rafiki”

A village in Kenya serves as the colorful backdrop for the drama that unfolds in the film “Rafiki” meaning ‘friend’ or ‘companion’ in Swahili. Lisa Skriver “Rafiki” is adapted from a short story by Monica Arac de Nyeko called “Jambula Tree.”  For a short story...
Being black in ‘progressive’ Iowa City

Being black in ‘progressive’ Iowa City

After living in the South most of my life, I decided to leave Texas back in 2012, decidedly headed to a mainly white state. Latisha MaDaniel Grife When I visited Iowa City, I fell in love with the city-like feeling minus traffic hassles or long commutes or high crime...