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Megan Thee Stallion Speaks Up For Black Women in Powerful Essay: ‘We Deserve to Be Protected as Human Beings’

“We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place. My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.”

The rapper notes that in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election Black women are “expected to once again deliver victory for Democratic candidates,” noting that Black women have gone from being unable to vote legally to being a “highly courted” voting bloc in just over a century. “Despite this and despite the way so many have embraced messages about racial justice this year, Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many

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Micro Wedding Coronavirus Personal Essay

I didn’t grow up imagining what my wedding would look like. But I did always assume I would get married.

I was lucky enough to have had a happy, fairly conventional childhood. I grew up in a small town in upstate New York in a traditional family of four, with parents who’ve now been married for 36 years. From my limited perspective, that’s just what adults did: they got married.

When I met Tom, or rather met him again, I was nearing 30 and starting to lose faith in my assumption about getting married. After four years of many, many failed attempts at forming a romantic relationship out of the desperate game that is dating in New York City, I was starting to feel like I was never going to find a boyfriend, much less a husband.

Tom and I had worked together for three years at Scientific American

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Angelina Jolie shares powerful essay about the rights of women amid COVID-19

Actress and activist Angelina Jolie has written a powerful essay for TIME Magazine in response to United Nations concerns that “gains on gender equality risk being reversed by decades” due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on domestic violence and women in the workplace.

“The numbers paint a stark picture of a possible 2 million additional cases of female genital mutilation globally by 2030, 13 million additional child marriages, an additional 15 million women and girls subjected to gender-based violence for every 3 months of lockdown, and a further 47 million women forced into extreme poverty,” Jolie, a Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote, calling the possibility of regression “intolerable.”

Jolie, who also spoke on a TIME panel about the topic, wrote that while the pandemic might have “inflamed” inequalities, the issues at hand existed long before COVID-19.

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