The Weekly ReFRESH

July 31, 2015

Edited by Mara Meyers

In this week’s edition, Bernie Sanders starts talking about race and it’s pretty awkward, why the “angry black woman” narrative has grave consequences, and how Roxane Gay shut down the discussion about Cecil the lion.

What we’ve been checking out…

35 women told their stories to New York Magazine about being assaulted by Bill Cosby and it is an incredibly visceral story of trauma and survival.

Roxane Gay’s Tweet about Cecil the lion perfectly exposes America’s hypocrisy.

George Washington University just eliminated SAT scores in applications and it’s because they want a wider and more diverse pool of applicants.

DOJ Loretta Lynch’s response to Sandra Bland’s death summarizes why many black communities don’t trust the police.

Bernie Sanders awkwardly addressed race, sexual orientation, gender and “all that stuff” in a recent digital broadcast.

These people are casually challenging prejudice everyday and we think it’s amazing.

The latest from our speakers…

Sandra Bland is dead in part because of the “angry black woman” narrative. Zerlina Maxwell explains why.

Dove’s beauty campaign ads use women’s empowerment as a marketing ploy and Julie Zeilinger sees right through it.

Jamia Wilson offers tips on living with a chronic illness and practicing self-care.

Brittney Cooper’s recent experience at the first national convening of the Movement for Black Lives was yet another reminder that black people are never safe from surveillance.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay believes that modern love needs a new romantic paradigm, and it’s not marriage.

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