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Sex Crimes Against Black Girls exhibit will open at Skylight Gallery

Sexual exploitation stemmed in gender oppression is a phenomenon that is generally hidden under a blanket of reticence due to the challenge of addressing issues of sexism under a larger context of racism.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration will open Sex Crimes Against Black Girls, a multimedia exhibit curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis and featuring the works of Nyoka Acevedo, Kimberly Kimabe Becoat, Frances Bradley, Delphine Fawundu Buford, Tracee Worley, Numa Perrier, Wahala Temi, Noelle Lorraine Williams, that investigates the various levels of sexual exploitation and oppression that are suffered by young Black girls across the African Diaspora.

February 5 – April 2

Skylight Gallery, 3rd Floor | 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 | 718.636.6949 | www.restorationplaza.org

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Badass Bloggers Wanted

Hollaback embodies all that is strong, powerful, and badass about being a woman today, and reflects a global female solidarity that knows no racial, age, or geographic boundaries. As such, we seek three men or women who can represent and illustrate these values in written form.

Selected writers need to be able to commit to blogging a minimum of twice per week about key stories and milestones in the anti-harassment movement in a voice that is bold and street harassment savvy.

Interested candidates should submit a sample piece for publication by February 10, 2011 on a topic that you feel is important, timely, and of interest to Hollaback readers. Accompanying your piece should be a brief description of you, why the anti-harassment movement is important to you, and how you represent a unique voice.

Bloggers will be selected for diversity of voice and quality of writing and can hail from anywhere in the world. To submit your sample piece and accompanying information, please email everything in the body of an email to violet@ihollaback.org

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New women’s safety iPhone app free and available for download

DePaul University Junior Betsy Huigens has developed and released Bluelight, a free app that allows women to check in with family and friends after making it home on time.

Think of it as “I’ll call you when I get there 2.0″ says the app’s storefront download info.

- First, enter your travel time – say 15 minutes for the walk home from the library at night.
- Next, select someone from your address book, such as a parent or roommate, to be your Bluelight contact.
- Set the alert and start walking.
- When you arrive home safely, cancel the alert, and your contact is never bothered. If you do not cancel the alert, Bluelight will let your contact know the route you took home via text message or email.

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Head of complaints department complains about Film 678

Film 678, a stark portrayal of street harassment by director Mohamed Diab (currently showing in Egyptian cinemas), is causing growing discomfort among Egypt’s top offices.

Bureaucrat Mahmoud Hanfy Mahmoud, head of the complaints department at the Egyptian Association for Human Rights and Social Justice, has filed an official complaint about the film, citing potential harm to men’s ‘sensitive spots.’

The film depicts women physically defending themselves against harassment and abuse.

In a separate case, the film faces legal action by lawyers Mohammed Hanafi and Melad George, who charge Diab and his cast with tarnishing Egypt’s reputation.

Coverage to date has not included follow up reports of complainants also taking action against perpetrators of sexual harassment and abuse.

Watch the trailer here

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Hollaback on ABC’s “What would you do?”

Using the power vested in me, I’d like to nominate all the awesome bystanders in this video as HOLLAheroes.

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Want to stay up to date with the international movement to end street harassment?

Check out the all-Hollaback reader:

This was put together by Jessica Dickinson Goodman, a street harassment activist and badass who also runs the Feeling Elephants blog. She included our friends at Harassmap and Stop Street Harassment for good measure! Know other blogs we should include? Let us know!

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Badass Blogger Call

Hollaback embodies all that is strong, powerful, and badass about being a woman today, and reflects a global female solidarity that knows no racial, age, or geographic boundaries. As such, we seek three men or women who can represent and illustrate these values in written form.

Selected writers need to be able to commit to blogging a minimum of twice per week about key stories and milestones in the anti-harassment movement in a voice that is bold and street harassment savvy.

Interested candidates should submit a sample piece for publication by February 10, 2011 on a topic that you feel is important, timely, and of interest to Hollaback readers. Accompanying your piece should be a brief description of you, why the anti-harassment movement is important to you, and how you represent a unique voice.

Bloggers will be selected for diversity of voice and quality of writing and can hail from anywhere in the world. To submit your sample piece and accompanying information, please email everything in the body of an email to violet@ihollaback.org

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HOLLAwho? Meet Atlanta.

Meet Crystal Rodgers, the Feminista Barista fighting street harassment in Atlanta.

What’s your craft? Women’s Studies, professional student, and barista

HOLLAfact about your city: Atlanta wasn’t always the state capital, it used to be Milledgeville.  Also, the World Barista Championship was held in Atlanta in April of 2010!

My superheroine power is … I like to call myself Feminista Barista!  I fight sexist oppression while simultaneously pulling a tasty shot of espresso-all with my mind!

Say you’re Queen for the day.  What would you do to end street harassment? As queen for a day, do I get to use my superpower?  If so, I would erase everyone’s memories of patriarchal ideology (and other oppressive belief systems for that matter) perpetuating acts of misogynistic violence!

Why do you HOLLA?: Because it’s an effective, non-violent, and powerful way to combat street harassment!  As well as providing an opportunity to connect with my community (and others across the globe)!

Define your style: I like vintage stuff-currently donning my 50′s style cat-eye frames.  I love tattoos and plan on adding to my collection soon-my favorite tatt is currently an aviator pin-up girl I had completed over the summer! I have an asymmetrical haircut.  And….high waisted pants and thrift store sweaters are currently my jam.  :)

What do you collect? Tattoos, unique coffee brewing devices, and feminist reading materials

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Don’t remain complacent with the current state of things.  We do not live in a post-feminist society and it is imperative that we work together against oppressive ideologies and institutions-including taking responsibility for our personal internalization of racist, classist, sexist, ableist, and homophobic belief systems.

In the year 2020, street harassment … will be non-existent!

Random: I think I would have enjoyed being a twenty-something in the 20s, late 70s, and early 90s.  I am obsessed with female vocalists-Kate Bush is currently my favorite!  I was the 2nd place Southeast regional barista champion in 2009!

Follow Hollaback Atlanta on Twitter.

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Man calls out street harassers with spoken word

Now that’s what we’re talking about!  This movement just keeps getting better and better.

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