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Uzo Aduba (CFA’05) was one of BU’s top sprinters long before she became famous for her Emmy-winning turn as Crazy Eyes on Netflix’s hit show Orange Is the New Black. Aduba, here in 2002, ran 55 meters in 7.07 seconds against a long-standing record of 7.03. Photo courtesy of BU Athletics

For decades, there have been few photographic images of Harriet Tubman depicting how the abolitionist and Civil War spy looked in her lifetime.

Now there’s one more.

New York City auction house Swann Galleries has announced that it will auction a newly discovered photo of Tubman March 30.

Kate Clifford Larson, author of the biography “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero,” estimated that Tubman was between 43 and 46 years old when the photo was taken, placing it shortly after the end of the Civil War. At the time, Tubman was living in Auburn, where she had purchased land in 1859 from then-Sen. William H. Seward — land that will soon become the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

Larson said that in her 20 years of researching Tubman, she’s been sent dozens of photos of black women by people claiming to have discovered a new image of the soon-to-be face of the $20. But not one has actually depicted Tubman.

this Black History Month I hope my fellow white women are remembering the ways in which we’ve benefited from and been complicit in racism and black oppression.

white men demonized black men by portraying them as sexual threats to white women. whether people actually believed this or just liked having an excuse, it means that countless black men and boys were beaten and murdered in the name of protecting white women.

it wasn’t just men who took part in this. in 1923 a white woman claimed that a black man beat her, and with exactly zero evidence the white men in her town started a mob that destroyed Rosewood, Florida, and left an unknown number of black people dead. to this day there isn’t an accurate count on how many black victims there were, but some people estimate it was as many as 150.

 white suffragettes actively excluded and rejected black women, and used black men as a prop to try and convince white men that white women should be able to vote. they played on the image of black men as scary threats to white women’s safety, and argued that letting white women vote would help cancel out black votes. there was no such thing as solidarity.

this is our legacy as white women. we need to do our research, acknowledge what we’ve done, and do better. support Black Lives Matter, support Standing Rock, support immigrant and refugee women. we need to stop being complicit.


Reflections on Janis Joplin

“The thing that really got me about Janis the most, was how liberated she was. She stood in that power even though it was kind of that platform of blues of being completely tormented, that enabled her to just stand there and let it go at a time when woman were not doing that…she just came out in the completely undone, unwrapped way and I think spoke right out of a woman’s soul. Directly.” - Ann Wilson

“The thing about Janis is that she just looked so unique, an ugly duckling dressed as a princess, fearlessly so. Seeing her live (Blossom Music Center, Richfield, Ohio 1970) was like watching a boxing match. Her performance was so in your face and electrifying that it really put you right there in the moment. There you were living your nice little life in the suburbs and suddenly there was this train wreck, and it was Janis.” - Chrissie Hynde

“I remember thinking that Janis Joplin sang like Mae West talked. When I first heard the primal scream in ‘Piece Of My Heart,’ I was hooked. ‘Cheap Thrills,’ Janis ‘Live’ with Big Brother And The Holding Company, was one of my all time faves. During the ‘whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa’s’ in ‘Combination Of Two,’ I couldn’t help but go to the mirror and pretend I was a wild woman like Janis, in a rock band.” - Joan Jett

It has been asserted in all ages that the sphere of woman is the home, but it has not always been acknowledged that that sphere may vary greatly in circumference, and that in some periods and circumstances it has given a much wider scope to women than in others.
In the Middle Ages it was, for a variety of reasons, a very wide sphere, partly because of this constantly recurring necessity for the wife to take the husband’s place. While her lord was away on military expeditions, on pilgrimages, at court, or on business, it was she who became the natural guardian of the fief or manager of the manor, and Europe was full of competent ladies, not spending all their time in hawking and flirting, spinning and playing chess, but running estates, fighting lawsuits, and even standing sieges for their absent lords. When the nobility of Europe went forth upon a crusade it was their wives who managed their affairs at home, superintended the farming, interviewed the tenants, and saved up money for the next assault.
—  C. G. Crump & E.F. Jacob, The Legacy of the Middle Ages (1951)

3-story mural in Kingston, NY by JESS X. SNOW: “O Wind Take Me To My Country..” for O+ FESTIVAL mural ft. Sudanese-migrant poet, Safia Elhillo & legacies celebrating migrant women and migrating birds crossing oceans in search of home. The composition is inspired by this line in Safia’s poem: “Fact: the arabic word هواء (hawa) means wind / the arabic word هوى (hawa) means love… oum kalthoum said: where the wind stops her ships, we stop ours or oum kalthoum said: where love stops her ships, we stop ours.”


25 Favorite Women in Star Wars

2. Jaina Solo Fel  //  Jedi Master, Twin Suns Squadron Leader  //  Human

(New Republic, New Jedi Order, and Legacy eras) 


This is what it’s all about! Sara collects donations of money and Prince CD’s to share on her travels. Right now, she is in Cuba and doing amazing work of sharing Prince with people living there! Follow her on social media and stay tuned for her next trip! I’ll be sure to share her next adventure so you can contribute too!

Thank you @sarasavoy for being willing to do the work!


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T'Challa Udaku X Reader

****Disclaimer: I don’t own any of the dialogue from Captain America: Civil War, those rights belong to Marvel.  ****

A/N: “ How can there be pain with snow?”, she said @khaleesinarylfiel

Words: approx. 1.5K

Prompt: Snow was the one thing that you longed to see.

Warnings: angst, so much angst guys, major character death



If there was one thing that you longed to see more than the occasional smile on T'Challa’s face, it was the almost comical thing called snow.

Really, no one understood your obsession with the frigid, seemingly hostile precipitation that the Wakandans had never seen due to the constant heat of their country.

T'Challa did. Because for every mention of the cold matter, he only saw the warm genuineness of your smile. He only saw the sudden brightness of your eyes, a welcome change from the constant stark, calculating eyes of his Dora Milaje.

He would often come to you after tedious days of audiences with foreign dignitaries, his muscles stiff and movements uncharacteristically uncertain.

His request would be simple, “Tell me about snow.” And you would. Without question, you would, paying no heed to his relaxed posture as his gaze landed on your smile.

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Hidden Herstory: Daisy Bates, “The First Lady of Little Rock”

Photo: Photo of Daisy Bates at the Arkansas NAACP office.

Daisy Bates (1914-1999) is our Hidden Herstory of the day, as part of a long legacy of African American Women as organizers. Bates and her husband led several efforts to desegregate Arkansas buses and public schools. She was elected president of the Arkansas NAACP in 1952, and was inspired after Brown v. Board to focus on education. Bates played a significant role in the integration of the Little Rock Central High School in 1957, organizing and mentoring the “Little Rock Nine.” Despite receiving death threats, one through the window of her home, Bates continued. 

She was also a reporter for the largest black newspaper in the state founded by her and her husband, the Arkansas State Press, to publicize racial inequality.

Photo: Photograph of seven of the Little Rock Nine meeting at the home of Daisy Bates, March 1958, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Elmer J. Whiting, III, © Gertrude Samuels.