Latoya Peterson

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Latoya Peterson

I stay scribbling. Spotted most often at Racialicious, also at the New York Times, The Guardian, Vibe, Spin. Formerly: Al Jazeera America's The Stream; Knight Fellowship at Stanford; ONA


What Beyoncé and Lil Jon know about ballot selfies can help fix voting rights

In New Hampshire, it’s whenever you take that selfie at the polls, as so many thousands of Americans did on Tuesday. And it might cost you a $1,000 fine. Even as Lena Dunham and Lil Jon were busy making the admittedly unsexy election process viral again, the state’s chapter of the ACLU went to court during the US midterms homestretch over a new law that prohibits “ballot selfies”:
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Laurie Penny's 'Unspeakable Things'

The feminist scholar Donna Haraway defined cyborg writing as “the power to survive, not on the basis of original innocence, but on the basis of seizing the tools to mark the world that marked them as other.”. That term describes so much digital scrawl on the Internet today — voices screaming from the margins, searching for connection.
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Exploring the Problematic and Subversive Shit People Say [Meme-ology] | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture

So all this started with Shit Girls Say, which now has over 11 million views: Created by Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey (and boosted by the star
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How Sons of Anarchy Got Racism Right | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture

Television is really comfortable with showing unrepentant racists in the roles of villians; and playing racism for laughs or shockvalue. But what we don't
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"Why Do The Smartest Women Have The Toughest Time Dating?" Because We Deal With Idiots.

Just when I blocked out the last of the "Black woman, you are going to die without a man!" madness, hypnotist-turned-love doctor Alex Benzer decided smart women need to be taken down a peg. Fuck this noise. I'm jumping up on my soapbox here, because I am sick of being vilified for being who I am.
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How Do We Determine "Female Power?"

This week, the Economist cast a critical eye toward measuring the progress of women in the workplace. But their unit of measurement appears to be more concerned with "social consequences of women's economic empowerment" than the overall benefit to women. How they choose to frame the issue of...
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Beyond Rockett and Purple Moon: Gender, Gaming, and Stereotypes

Sociological Images just reposted a TED talk on girls and gaming by Brenda Laurel, founder of Purple Moon. And I have to admit, watching that video made me wince. Here's the actual talk: Watching this video for at least the fifth time brought to mind a few things that always surface in...
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Twihard With A Vengeance: Why Twilight Is A Boon For Young Women

Friends, feminists, netizens, lend me your ears; I come to bury the Twilight Saga, not praise it. The evil that Twilight does lives in theaters; The good is oft interred on the internet; So let it be with New Moon. About midway through watching New Moon with two friends, I realized I was having a lightbulb moment.
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Dating Guides Are Hell: It's All About The Men

"There are sluts and whores and nice girls too." This line, from The Guide to Picking Up Girls, epitomizes the approach of men's dating guides, which can be summed up thusly: Women are still the problem. There are far fewer dating guides specifically aimed at men, less still if you exclude the unisex offerings.
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"Dollars, But No Sense"

Financial Commentary for Bitch Article: "Dollars, But No Sense"Publication: Bitch MagazineDate: Summer 2008 "Pass the tissues! Why you should have a good cry at work!" Pulling the April 2008 issue of Marie Claire out of my mailbox, I felt my eyes roll skyward. Since when does crying at work stand in for legitimate career advice?

Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and the cult of the white male celebrity activist

In the Friday night television wasteland, Ben Affleck grabbed headlines by doing what many Americans refused to do even when faced with piles of evidence and growing body counts: call a prominent person out for “gross” and “racist” statements. But why did Affleck get so much attention for calling out Maher’s leftwing flavored Islamophobia?
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On Our Radar: Push Girls | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture

By Latoya Peterson Browsing the Thick Dumpling Skin blog, I came across a short mention of a show called Push Girls, being produced for the Sundance Channel.
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Latoya Peterson

A certified media junkie, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on culture with a special focus on video games, film, television, and music. Skilled in interviewing and creative non-fiction, Latoya Peterson spends her time editing the award winning blog – the intersection of race and pop culture. She is a Contributing Editor for The and Content Producer for the Online News Association. In the fall, she will be a 2012-2013 Knight Journalism Fellow.

Her work has been published in Spin, Vibe, The American Prospect, The Atlantic Blog, Bitch Magazine, Clutch Magazine, the Women’s Review of Books, Slate‘s Double X, The Poynter Institute, The and the Guardian. She was a contributor to Her essay, “The Not Rape Epidemic” was published in the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (Seal Press, 2008). She also contributed “The Feminist Existential Crisis (Dark Children Remix)” to the anthology Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism (CCPA, 2011).

As a digital media consultant, Latoya Peterson has worked with brands like NPR, Wikipedia, and Weber-Shandwick to provide demographic analysis, ideas on improving user experience, and specialized outreach. She is also a guest radio host for WEAA’s Michael Eric Dyson Show and a contributor/substitute digital producer for Al-Jazeera’s The Stream.

Her perspectives have been quoted in Essence, The Boston Globe, CNN, the Guardian, the Austin Chronicle, and Newsweek and she regularly speaks on topics of race, gender, and social media at conferences like Women, Action and the Media and South by Southwest Interactive.

She is currently working on projects related to race, pop culture, and video games, and will speak for a fourth time at SXSW Interactive 2011 on issues of technology and social justice. She is a Poynter Institute Sensemaking Fellow, and one of the inaugural Public Media Corps fellows.



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