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Ladies and Gentlemen: Nail Polish Extraordinaire!

Ladies and Gentlemen: Nail Polish Extraordinaire!

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My friends, have you heard? There is a new nail polish being developed, capable of wondrous things. The end-all to preventing one of human’s horrific acts. This nail polish promises protection and deliverance while allowing women (or men, or trans*, or genderqueer etc) to remain discreet and feminine.

That’s right ladies (and gentlemen, and my lovely gender-bending friends) this nail polish…

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Rebel Researchers: VENT Mag

Rebel Researchers: VENT Mag

10499615_10203494291215530_2962292466539989915_o (2)When we talk about rebel researchers we are referring to individuals or groups who have chosen to use their professional skills whether its in sociology, graphic design, law, social work, or dance to contribute to the furthering of justice in our society. They are rebels because they go against the grain of what society expects them to use their education and skills for, which is often power and…

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Ab-Soul / These Days (stream)

Ab-Soul / These Days (stream)

L.A.’s TDE and Black Hippy rapper Ab-Soul has released These Days…, his follow-up to the 2012 album Control System. Soulo has been building anticipation for the album by sharing tracks for months, most of which are featured on the album: “Dub Sac,” “Tree Of Life,” “These Days,” “Closure,” “Stigmata,” and “Hunnid Stacks.” Because the album was leaked in entirety, it appears that Soul Brother…

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Are We Giving Back Enough? Thoughts on Fair Exchange and Academic Public Engagement

Are We Giving Back Enough? Thoughts on Fair Exchange and Academic Public Engagement

Scales-of-justice1Not too long ago I penned a piece for Inside Higher Ed and University of Venus’ Scholars Strike Back Series about the limited discussion around academics and public engagement. My core argument was simply that we need to not only focus on increasing positive public engagement but also combating public engagement that harms the public, which in my opinion also includes our research subjects. There…

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Spoek Mathambo’s ‘Future Sound Of Mzansi’ Documentary

Spoek Mathambo’s ‘Future Sound Of Mzansi’ Documentary

Future Sound Of Mzansi is an upcoming documentary film by Nthato Mokgata aka Spoek Mathambo and filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba, who spent two years looking at South Africa’s cultural landscape through the lens of its electronic music scene. The project features South African artists likeRuffest, DJ Mujava, Nozinja, Okmalumkoolkat, Zaki Ibrahim, John Wizards, Jumping Back Slash, Mash.O,…

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Upwards Harassment and Teaching in Academia, Part One: Setting The Stage

Upwards Harassment and Teaching in Academia, Part One: Setting The Stage

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Recently, shewhomakesmeaningsclear posted an insightful and thought provoking piece about her experience as a black woman from a highly prestigious university. Building on the academic work of Buchanan and Bruce (2005) and drawing inspiration from the recent conversation piece of Metzger (June 5th, 2014), she highlights the discrimination she experiences when speaking of her educational…

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