The Weekly ReFRESH

July 24, 2015

Edited by Mara Meyers

In this week’s ReFRESH, we’re sharing haunting reflections on the Sandra Bland case, how this generation’s social justice movement looks very different from the movements of the past, and even more reasons why Nicki Minaj is a badass.

What we’ve been checking out…

Here are 20 tips for preparing, practicing and improving improve your speaking skills. (Bonus: each tip is linked to an awesome TED Talk.)

We’re in the midst of a contemporary civil rights movement that’s left behind straight black male preachers and is instead powered by social media and an all-inclusive leadership.

President Obama’s acknowledgement of America’s major mass incarceration problem has led to hopeful signs of prison reform.

In a series of Tweets this week, Nicki Minaj implied that the VMAs were racist. Here’s why she’s absolutely right.

These are guaranteed to be the most powerful nude photos you’ve ever seen.

In one quote, Dave Chappelle called out all artists for staying silent during this time of activism.

The latest from our speakers…

Julie Zeilinger reminds us that true equality means liberating everyone (even white men) from the confines of a heteronormative, racist, patriarchal society.

For the first time in 11 years Bisi Alimi’s mom told him she loved him. Her change in heart might represent something much larger for the LGBT community.

Just like Brittney Cooper can see herself in Sandra Bland, it’s time for white people to start seeing themselves in the face of the oppressor.

Ann Friedman reiterates, yes, white people, it’s about you.

Latoya Peterson exposes Uber’s unintended social justice politics as a marketing tool.

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