Celebrity feminism and the white candidate’s burden — The Weekly reFRESH

February 26, 2016

Photo via MTV News.

Edited by Mara Meyers.

This week, we’re reading about the “white candidate’s burden,” one of our speakers questions the rise of celebrity feminism, and a new documentary about the fight for equality in Nigeria.

What we’ve been checking out…

This white guy checked his white privilege and it made us want to laugh and cry at the same time.

We can officially do away with the arbitrary line between science and the arts: interdisciplinary-thinking makes for better innovators.

What should a more diverse Oscars look like? Instead of adding more tropes, radical inclusion is hearing and seeing the nuanced reality of Black life.

What does it feel like to be the “diversity” in a “white girl mafia” publishing world?

This haunting video of a police pullover will wake anyone up to see that we do not live in a color-blind world.

Is doing something to create institutional diversity is too much work? Rent-A-Minority is here to help.

ReFRESHing talk of the week: When it comes to Islam, Dalia Mogahed asks us to choose empathy over prejudice. Islamophobia doesn’t just negatively affect Muslims, but all Americans.

The latest from or speakers…

The presidential candidates of this race can’t take the power of Black voters for granted. Jamil Smith writes about the “white candidate’s burden,” which includes a question for Hillary Clinton that actually she replied to on Facebook. Pretty freakin’ cool.

Mia Birdsong was featured on Feministing Five this week.

Although it’s rad that more celebrities feel comfortable claiming feminism publicly, Ann Friedman imagines what it would look like to follow that with meaningful feminist action.

Catherine Bracy is on a mission to make tech companies do better by holding them to higher and more equitable standards.

Bisi Alimi’s biopic is more than just a film about a courageous life, it’s about a movement for acceptance and equality in Nigeria. You can support #theboyfrommushin here.

It’s no wonder that survivors of sexual assault don’t feel protected by a justice system: it was never built to support them. Julie Zeilinger explains how one young woman is trying to change that.

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