Vanessa Valenti

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Are You In Formation? – The reFRESH

This week, folks are in formation y’all! (Except Pepsi.) We’re celebrating trans visibility, watching stereotype-busting hijabi rap videos, and reading about a big win for sexual assault survivors in Georgia. What we’re checking out… Ziad Ahmed put all of his cards on the table when he answered the Stanford University application question “What matters to […]

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Narratives Be Heard- The reFRESH

Image via Tatyana Fazlalizadeh This week we’re #TeamLaverne, claiming our narratives through art of all kinds, and casually hanging out with Solange Knowles. What we’re checking out… Acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie got herself into some trouble during a recent interview in which she made some highly controversial statements about trans women. Then Laverne Cox […]

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Women Strike Back!- The reFRESH

One fundamental truth from herstory: women know how to strike. Pic via Pinterest. This week, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, sipping tea as a form of resistance, and debunking myths about the gay community in Africa. What we’re checking out… Samantha Bee is, as always, hilarious and on point for International Women’s Day: “The Trump WH is […]

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Dropping The Ball And The Racial Politics Of Time – The ReFRESH

Pic via TED This week, we’re basking in WOC dragging Milo Yiannopoulos, celebrating Black History Month and LGBTQ+ history month (shoutout to the UK!), and cheering on a couple of our awesome speakers on recent successes. Before we get to the news though, let’s make some together. If you are a public speaker who has […]

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The Persistence Resistance – The reFRESH

This week, we’re celebrating big news on the travel ban, laughing to avoid crying over the state of the nation, and rallying behind all the women who persist in the fight for justice. What we’ve been checking out… With a unanimous vote, the 9th circuit upheld the stay of Donald Trump’s travel ban yesterday, reminding […]

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