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UMBC Students Reclaim Their Stories, “I’m Not/I Am”

The Women’s Center and Women of Color Coalition partnered at University of Maryland Baltimore County to launch “Telling Our Stories: I’m Not/I Am.”

The powerful images coming out of this project have been readily received on social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr. We can never have enough representations of women of color reclaiming their history, and their truth.

The project is divided into two aims. Aim one is to reject stereotypes about women of color and raise awareness. And the second aim creates spaces and opportunities for voices of women of color and counternarratives.

And guess what one of the overall goals of the project is? Disruption!

Students at UMBC wanted to disrupt the assumption that on their campus there is no issue of racialized gender stereotyping. If a place like this exists, please point me to it!

Let’s follow in the coalition builders and students at UMBC foot steps and find ways to uplift our own communities in a beneficial way!

Check out some of the posters from the project here.

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New Artist Tink Redefines Feminism in Rap

Tink has spunk. The petite hip-hop artist openly identifies as a feminist and has renounced the “bitch” title: an easy go-to image for female rappers. This is bold and refreshing territory for an up-and-coming artist competing with the likes of Nicki Minaj.

Tink’s February cover story with Fader chronicles her path from Chicagoan recording tracks in her basement, to signing with Timbaland’s label Mosley Music Group. Fader even compares her fierce attitude to Daenerys Targaryen, and rightly so. Tink is undoubtedly breaking boundaries within hip-hop culture, in true Daenerys fashion.

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“I’m definitely a feminist. The industry made me that way. I had to grind so hard to be taken seriously, had to work twice as hard to get here,” Tink said in her interview with Fader. “I’m in my own little lane, doing just me. I don’t have to fit in.”

A compelling feminist voice is desperately needed in rap music today. While popular artists like Missy Elliot and M.I.A. are recognizable feminists, they are easily drowned out by chart-toppers like Minaj.

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Nicki Minaj has addressed the importance of female empowerment and strength before.

“I love my females. I give them confidence to say I am me, take it or leave it, I love it and I don’t care what you think about it,” Minaj said in an interview.

 But that message is clouded by her lyrics and emphasis on physical traits. She is the highest-selling female rapper, but her song lyrics generally lack substance. Such as the song “Anaconda” with lyrics that read:

“Fuck those skinny bitches in the club. I wanna see all the big fat ass bitches in the motherfucking club, fuck you if you skinny bitches. What? Yeah! Yeah. I got a big fat ass. Come on!”

Tink’s strong feminist presence, and dedication to following her own path, is the perfect antidote to the degradation of women in the industry.

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“I had to cut off calling myself a ‘bitch.’ And I cut out some of the songs where I was degrading myself. When people do that, of course it’s seen in a fun way, but at the same time it’s sending the message to everybody else to look at you as a bitch,” she told Fader. “I want to dig deep into bad relationships, molestation, racism, and not feeling pretty. I want to get under people’s skin.”

And we want you to, Tink. Combining societal issues with catchy music will help empower women who feel oppressed and discriminated against. Tink, who is only 19, can also help send the message to young women that there are more important things than having a pretty face and Minaj-esque booty. And she has the musical talent to make it big. With songs like “Tell the Children” and “Try Me” Tink has the momentum to become the next It Girl.

Read the full cover story here.

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We Should All be Feminists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Video Inside)




“A feminist is a man or a woman who says yes there is a problem with gender as is today, and we must fix it. We must do better”- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

These words resonate through my ears as I listen to Chimamanda Adichie speak words of encouragement on the topic of gender separation.  For many of us, we first heard this strong powerful speech, in Beyonce’s hit song “Flawless”, which ultimately fueled my interest in hearing more of her speech.  We as women are taught from adolescence to down play ourselves in the likes of men.  We are taught that we can achieve a certain level of success but never to the same level as men.  These teachings have ultimately made us content with mediocracy and submissiveness.  Feminism is more than just about women fighting for their place in society, but its about having equality among both women and men.


“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.”- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Check out the full speech below…




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