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FRESH Crush of the Week: Radical Brownies

Image via the Radical Brownies Facebook page. Now this is awesome. An Oakland-based brownies troop, Radical Brownies represents one kind of next generation leadership that we’re really excited to see. Via Jorge Rivas at Fusion:  [Anayvette] Martinez, a community organizer, created the Radical Brownies with Marilyn Hollinquest because “there aren’t enough spaces [for young girls of […]

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10 Refreshing Moments of 2014

One of the most profound things one can witness is the power of another human being boldly speaking out–whether that be on a national stage, or in the middle of the street. Reflecting back on 2014, the world has had much to celebrate, mourn, and protest. We’d like to give recognition to some of the […]

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On Rolling Stone & doubting victims

You’ve probably heard about the retraction that Rolling Stone issued on its UVA rape story. Our own Zerlina Maxwell was on Melissa Harris-Perry this weekend to talk about the need for rape victims to be believed, following a Washington Post piece she wrote on the issue. Check it out.  

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FRESH: The Origin Story

Once upon a time, there was a conference. The organizers of this conference asked John and Courtney for speaker recommendations. John recommended a white guy with lots of experience in building businesses. Courtney recommended a black woman with lots of experience in building movements. They hoped both would get good exposure, meet new collaborators, say smart and compelling things that would influence people, and live happily ever after.

But of course, this is modern America, not a fairy tale. A few weeks after the conference, an outrageous truth emerged. It turned out that the white guy had been paid $15,000 and was flown first class, while the black woman had to haggle just to get her flight funded, and was paid nothing for her time and talent. Same conference. Same organizers. Two vastly different interpretations of worth. More >>

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