As I came into my own politically, I was perplexed by my mother’s electoral choices. She’s not a bigot who wants to ban Muslims; she’s a pragmatic Catholic who believes people should worship however they choose. She doesn’t want to dismantle gay rights and send us to conversion therapy; she’s a PFLAG mom who has always welcomed my partners to family gatherings. She doesn’t want to cast out immigrants or block refugees; she thinks all people deserve a safe place to raise their children.
My pregnancy changed everything. I predicted the wider hips, softer belly, and weaker pelvic floor. What I hadn’t anticipated, though, became clear just a few days in: I would no longer do anything, ever again, without first considering Baby J. I panicked. Fierce independence had been my survival mechanism from an early age. Who would I be now? In a time where all the external messages were you are supposed to be happy, grief settled in.
I thought back to the year prior when I took my students ice skating at Bryant Park. Kemia, a direct and assertive young woman, was standing close to me as we walked down the street. I tried to make a joke with her: "Honey, you live in the South Bronx. How are you walking around in Herald Square clinging to me like you're my child?" "Because, Rachel. When white people bump into you, they don't say excuse me. It gets me so pissed and I don't want to ruin my day. I paid $11 to come on this trip." I put my arm around her shoulders and we walk to the rink together.
Bleu Magazine: Still Sippin' on Some Sizzurp: Codeine Cocktails and the Passing Moment in Youth Substance Abuse
Do a YouTube search for lean or sizzurp, and many how-to videos pop up. Disembodied hands combine dark bottles of thick purple liquid, ice cubes, and soda in double stacked white foam cups.
Who run the world? Girls! Well, not quite yet, but the women filmmakers at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival are taking on issues that will help move us in the right direction. From documentaries and feature films to virtual reality shorts, we profile just a few of the fierce female directors that will be at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
It was on the first day of school when I saw my principal wearing a paper beard. The whole school was awaiting the beginning of the assembly, and I did a double-take as I stood awkwardly next to my new colleagues.
The Logic of Teaching Math: Why I Left my Underpaid, Overworked Job in the Non-Profit Sector for My Underpaid, Overworked Job Teaching Young People How Not to be Afraid of Decimals
There is a deeply held belief among my students that they just don't have the chromosome that allows them to appreciate the beauty of the quadratic formula. For at least the first month with every new class I teach, it feels like most of my work is to get everyone to quiet their fears, be open to the possibility of success, and question this "truth" they constructed that they are really bad at math. And guess what? The students that come to class, focus on their assignments, are willing to ask questions and follow expectation number four in my classroom (don't give up) ...
Zami is a study in truth-telling. In what the publisher calls a ‘biomythography, combining elements of history, biography and myth’, the prose reflects Audre Lorde’s poetic prowess (she was New York’s Poet Laureate from 1991-1993), while her characters serve as metaphors for the truths she uncovered in her life. The stories of women who shaped her give the reader a glimpse into lesbian life in the West Village during the McCarthy Era in the 1950s – what feels like a distant past to many of us growing up less than 50 years later.
When you’re talking about the labor movement, you’re talking
about all kinds of people. Joe Sexauer, 28, a member of Teamster Local 743 in Chicago, sees this as a strength: “The labor movement is important because it organizes everyone, not just people who think like you, into a movement where you can work to make people’s