“Goddess,” sword, old friend: spoken word

“Goddess,” sword, old friend: spoken word

Where does spoken word fit in with Black history?     The art of spoken word is like an old friend to Black people, people of color, and other marginalized communities. The two have depended on and grown with each other for decades, even centuries. Caleb...
World of health records changing

World of health records changing

A graduate of One Iowa’s Leadership Institute is paving the way in making digital healthcare records more inclusive and sensitive to marginalized people, including those who are transgender. Lisa Skriver   Emily Brown, who works for UnityPoint Health in Des...
Grace, poise and confidence

Grace, poise and confidence

The thrill of mass adoration, the pain of discrimination, and the inspiring satisfaction of fighting back all came flying at A.J. Adorien within a few months’ time, at the tender age of 17. It all happened in 2011 while Adorien , the outgoing Miss Gay Iowa City, was...

Journey to nonbinary

Hide and mask.  Ox Fotheringham, former Iowa City resident I was in fifth grade and had to catch the bus in 20 minutes. My choices for attire that day were laid out on my bed: either black gym shorts, or slightly shinier black basketball shorts. My shirt choices...
Pro baseball: sexism institutionalized

Pro baseball: sexism institutionalized

To this day, people still think of softball as a sport for girls (or beer-bellied middle-aged men), and baseball as a sport for boys. Did you know “A League of Their Own” almost wasn’t made, because studios didn’t believe Americans would pay to see a movie about women...
‘Howling confidence,’ other lunar topics

‘Howling confidence,’ other lunar topics

Mark Twain once said, “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side that is never shown to anybody.”  Even if you do not follow your planetary charts, you will see and feel the effects of the lunar cycle. Cheryl Weatherford This month, we experience a full moon on...