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Before hashtags reshaped the internet, becoming a tool of entertainment, politics, and war, civil rights activist Taranka Burke began using the phrase “me too” to empower women of color who experience sexual assault, harassment, and abuse.

With its focus largely on crimes against powerful white women, the #MeToo movement has been accused—fairly—of ignoring the needs of the women it was started to help.


After suffering a string of setbacks in 2018, the #MeToo movement is back in the spotlight where it started—with women of color, thanks to an explosive new docuseries detailing shocking allegations of abuse by singer R. Kelly.

The series, Surviving R. Kelly, centers around the infamous “pee tape,” in which R&B megastar R. Kelly allegedly urinates into the mouth of a 14-year-old girl, and the subsequent child pornography trial where he was found not guilty on all charges.

R. Kelly is a monster. But we’re all to blame.

If boys are snips and snails and puppy dog tails, what are little girls made of?


Learn how to be brave, daring, and free. Quick reads on:

  • Love 
  • Success 
  • Resistance

Let’s set the world on fire. 



Allegations of sexual abuse against R. Kelly go back decades, but nobody cared because the hits kept coming.

body-hair, body-positivity

Brazilian wax or full bush? Keratin treatments or natural hair? 

Like it or not, hair is a feminist issue. Perhaps its always been, in a culture where hairstyle and hair removal are tightly linked to ideas about masculinity, femininity, and beauty.

Turns out, hair has always been powerful. 

boost confidence, overcome fears, life best life

Whether you want to travel the world, climb the corporate ladder, or write your first novel, big dreams take courage.

Here’s how to boost your confidence and overcome your fears so you can live the life of your dreams, according to Katie C. Kelley,  author of Career Courage.

steps achieve goals

Many people across the U.S. and around the world are optimistically setting New Year’s Resolutions—that will fail by mid-February. 

Whether you want to eat healthier, save money, or get better grades, this simple 6-step process from bestselling author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur Pat Divilly.  can help you achieve your goals. 

Relationship Red Flags

One time, a guy broke up with me while we were fooling around. If I have to say, “Hold on, let me get dressed,” so we can talk about why you’re leaving me, you’re a terrible person and you suck at breakups.

I knew he was a terrible idea. But new partners can feel literally irresistible.

Whether you’re ready for a new friend with benefits or a significant other, it’s a good idea to figure out who they are and what they want before you fall too hard. 

Inspiring Female Explorers

History is usually just the story of stuff men did.

But have you heard about Sarah Winnemucca, an activist who trekked 230 miles to save her father from the tribe holding him captive?

What about Alexandra David-Nèel, who rode her bike to Spain then became the first white woman to discuss spiritual enlightenment with the leader of Tibetan Buddhism?

You won’t read about them in most history books. But these female adventurers deserve to be celebrated.

3 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mean Girls' Regina George

Regina George isn’t that bad. If you’ve seen the iconic 2004 chick flick about high school politics, that statement might shock you.

But hear me out. We can learn a lot from Regina George.

Relationship Red Flags

Not all red flags are deal breakers. But some red flags have a bad reputation for a good reason. Don’t ignore these early relationship red flags when you’re getting to know a guy.

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