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AMERICAN MASTERS "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise"

Credit: Ron Groeper The first feature documentary about Maya Angelou, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during Black History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series. PBS Distribution will release the film on DVD the same day, with additional bonus features, and on Digital HD February 22. Most people know Angelou as a writer, but this documentary showcases all of her geniuses in literature, speaking, acting, signing, and dancing. The best part of a full-length documentary on Maya Angelou are the moments when she is reciting a poem while footage of the world runs. This documentary is touching, but most importantly it is funny. Angelou's laughter rings throughout the film. It wraps around your heart like a warm hug...just the type of hug we need during these dark times. Seriously though, for progressives and feminists, these are dark days. Days w

Margaret Atwood warned us about the 53% of white women who voted for Trump

I was invited to participate in Evanston's Writer's Resist event on January 15th and this is an edited version of what I read. I'm still new to the live lit scene, but will occasionally post what I read. Sometimes things are best left at the event. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has been shorthand for the collective backlash to women’s progress, especially in regards to reproductive autonomy for quite some time. Safe to say most know the plot without having had read the book. A tale of a post-democratic former-USA taken over by an ultra conservative Christian theocracy where fertile white women are forced to reproduce for the “worthy” ruling class. A few weeks ago I was struck by the faint memory that the book does not conclude in escape or the reestablishment of democracy, rather it ends with an academic talk pondering the veracity of the story we had just consumed. This fact hit me in the gut as I have been considering how we will document the resistance

When Do We March

Since this beautiful day in Chicago when 250,000 of my closest friends and I marched to express our outrage towards the patriarchy, more marches have been announced. There are the #ResistTrumpTuesday demonstrations scheduled for the first 100 days of the new administration. There were the impromptu protests at airports over the weekend. There have also been other national marches announced around Tax Day, Science, LGBT rights and Public Education. And we're not even two weeks into the administration. In order to keep all the national marches in order I created a Google calendar and put it up on a website . I'll update the calendar as I get information about a national march. And since it is a Google cal, you can simply subscribe to it and it's on your calendar! If you experience any issues with the calendar, just let me know!

Do Work That Matters

During this difficult time I am finding myself avoiding working after I get home. I've made 4 pussy hats in about three weeks. I binge watched "One Day at a Time" - which was amazing, by the way. Go watch it. I have also tried to spend as much time as I can with friends. Basically I have practiced a lot of self care. I hope you have too. Part of my self care routine for this year is to try to draw you a little something to color each month. I combined my new obsession of fancy handwriting and long time love of inspiring quotes for bad ass people. This quote is from Chicana feminist theorist Gloria AnzaldĂșa . Go to Dropbox to download a PDF of the image.