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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

My Lauryn Hill

*thinking*

*laughing to myself*

One of my favorite evenings spent at Yaeko’s house… Scratch that. My favorite evening ever spent at Yaeko’s house was the one where you and I and two other guys were sitting at the dining room table. We were drinking and laughing and playing card games. Buzzing off what beverages exactly, I don’t know; perhaps a little bit of everything. But whatever amount of alcohol had no hindrance on your beautiful ability to kill us softly.

If I remember correctly, the two guys were maybe beat boxing with their mouths and I was beating on the table with my fists and knuckles. All the while, you sang more soulfully than Lauryn ever could.

The entire room was a blur but I can clearly remember how divine your voice was. All the sounds flowed so perfectly from the four of us at that table. I loved it. When I think of this little moment – a simple three, maybe four, minutes out of my life – it brings a smile to my face. How could just a few minutes of us tipsily, randomly deciding to sing that song have created such a delightful memory for me?

I know how modest you are about your voice. Thank you for sharing your talent that day in front of men you didn’t even know.

I’m your biggest fan. I always have been. Even if I never told you. Even if I never ever do tell you. I’m your biggest fan. Love you.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Cast of ‘OITNB’ Badass Feminists Off-Screen

By Nina Bahadur

The third season of “Orange Is The New Black” comes out on June 12, and we could not be more excited to spend a full weekend binge-watching it.

The Netflix drama, which follows the inmates of the fictional Litchfield Penitentiary, features an incredibly diverse set of characters and brings complex women’s stories to our screens. What makes it even better is that the actresses and actors on “OITNB” are just as dedicated to raising awareness for important issues off-screen.

The “OITNB” cast have spoken out about the importance of seeing different body types on screen, called for more mainstream television characters who aren’t young and white supported the LGBT community and pushed for criminal justice reform. Laverne Cox, who plays trans inmate Sophia Burset, even landed on the cover of Time under the powerful headline “The Transgender Tipping Point.”

These women (and a few good men) have used their rising stardom to advocate for equality, independence, and inclusion.

Here are 9 times “OITNB” cast members were badass feminists:

1. When Samira Wiley told The Guardian about her dedication to representing all women on-screen:

” I feel a responsibility to young girls who want to follow in our footsteps. I feel a responsibility to the prison community. I feel like when you get to a place where you’re more visible or where people point at you and say ‘Samira Wiley, what is she doing?’ you have a social responsibility in the world. I’m actually thankful for the amount of responsibility that has bee handed to me. I feel very honored.”

2. When Matt McGorry’s feminist Facebook post made us swoon:

” I believe I gender equality. Being a feminist is for both women AND men. I AM A FEMINISH. In for equality? Pass it on.”

3. When Dascha Polanco told VH1 about learning to love her body in spite of restrictive beauty standards:

“It’s time for us to really evaluate ourselves in the mirror and say, ‘This is OK. I can too bring out any quality. I can too be on the cover of any magazine, just the way I am.'”

4. When Danielle Brooks wrote a kickass, body-positive essay for Glamour:

“Ideally, I want to see all beauties, all shapes, all sizes, all skin tones, all backgrounds represented in my profession. Now that I am blessed to be that reflection I was once looking for, I’m making a promise to speak out for that little girl that I used to be. I might not have the power to change what media puts out there, or to single-handedly convince young girls like me that they should love themselves. But what I can do is start with me.”

5. When Lea DeLaria talked about why “OITNB” is important to views on AfterEllen.com:

“[OITNB] is surreptitiously feminist, you know what I mean? We have a lot of women on our show of every shape and size and age. I think it’s something that young women can relate to. You don’t see that that much on television.”

6. When Selenis Leyva wrote an incredible blog post calling more awareness about the barriers transgender people face:

“I am not only a supporter of the LGBT community, I am a sister to a beautiful and kind young transgender woman. Suddenly, it became clear to me where my sadness was coming from. The reality is that most transgender people continue to struggle with acceptance. Most will not be celebrated and put on magazine covers. I am NOT by any means taking away from the importance and impact of what is happening in the transgender movement with the courageous stories being shared by Caitlyn and my smart, talented and yes, beautiful costar, Laverne Cox. I am simply sharing my story based on my life with a Latina transgender sister, my family and our continued struggles.”

7. When Uzo Aduba told NPT about owning her “unusual name” and challenging whitewashing:

“I grew up in a very small town in Massachusetts, and it goes without saying that there weren’t many Nigerian families in that town, and a lot of people couldn’t say Uzoamaka. I came home from school one day, and I said to my mother… ‘Mommy, can you call me Zoe?’ Without skipping a beat, she said, ‘If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky, and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, then they can learn to say Uzoamaka.’ And we never discussed it again.”

8. When Laverne Cox spoke to DAME about what feminism means to her:

“I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be  man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you’re supposed to be to live a more authentic life.”

9. When Lorraine Toussaint told IndieWire about the importance of helping non-white, not-so-young actresses smash the glass ceiling: 

“I love to work and shows like ‘Orange are breaking that glass ceiling for women. The lie that women are not marketable and are not marketable overseas — ‘Orange’ has blown that out of the water. So I think more than any other time, this is a really terrific time to be a woman of color over 50 in this business. The tides are changing and I’m going to certainly do my part to assist in that.”

We can’t wait to hear what else this amazing cast has to say. Slay, queens.

(HUFFINGTON POST)

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Guest Writer: SPC Loroff

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Name: Erica Loroff
Chapter of Initiation: Zeta Rho- Midland, MI
Hometown: Sandusky, OH
AXO Positions Held in College: VP Communications
Favorite Candy: Chocolate/ Carmel Bars
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Pinterest, Cooking, and Shopping
Favorite TV Shows: Too many to count… here’s just a few: Armywives, How I Met your Mother (sad they pulled the plug on these), Resurrection, Castle, and Dance Mom’s
Favorite Movies: Anything Nicolas Sparks and I love the Phantom of the Opera musical
Pets: Noah Dylan my cat, 4 years old and Luke Oliver my puppy who is 8 months

What is your favorite Alpha Chi Omega memory? The retreats we used to have in the winter. Being in Michigan I felt like we had a blizzard every year the retreat happened, but we felt like it must go on. Cooped up in a sister’s house with all of us there led to so many laughs and tears. Skits, Firesides, and the sisters are what I remember most.

What is your favorite military memory? My favorite military memory would be graduating Basic Training. Sounds cliché but so many friends and family supported me when I decided to join (I could feel that support) but I could tell they really didn’t know I would be so successful let alone make it. Crossing that field was a statement to others you can really do anything you put your mind to. Before I joined I played Soccer in high school, was a band geek, member of my high school dance/ kick-line team, college cheerleader, graduated with my business degree, and spent time after college as a substitute teacher. Now I can add a soldier to the list… as you can see there are so many interests I have and many others have too they are just too afraid to seek them. I say go for it!

When/why did you decide to join the military? I first saw a recruiter in 2009 and decided to actually sign in 2012. The kicker was my husband’s exit of his military career. I thought it was finally time to start my career and after talking to 4 branches I chose the Army. I decided to join because of the benefits, travel experiences, and because I needed job experience in my field. The Army gave me a job offer I couldn’t refuse to coincide with my business degree (42A- Human Resources Specialist).

What lessons did you learn during your time as a collegiate member of Alpha Chi Omega that you will be able to apply to your military career? I learned the diversity of people’s cultures and backgrounds affects how you communicate with every individual. College was the first place everyone came together from different places with the same goal to achieve a degree. The military is just the same, however we all came together to ultimately serve our country. Having learned so many lessons at a beginning college level such as in the sorority, it makes it easier to transition to a greater level… called employment or life in general.

What are some ways that our sisters can support military members, specifically women? The only thing I can think of to participate in a mentorship program, a pairing of professionals sort of speak. It would be great to network with other women in similar jobs within the civilian sector. Tutoring sisters that are striving to go back to school can also be a stress reliever. Going to school while working 50+ hours a week doesn’t leave a lot of time for school work let alone really comprehending the material. Having the aid of a sister nearby to help with difficult classes is such a wonderful relieve. Also, the support through letters and care packages is uplifting to all.

Tell us a little about your current duty position. My current duty position is paperwork, updates, and working first hand with the soldiers. Have it be processing a retirement packet or award. I update insurance policies, work hand-in-hand with finance, and deal with promotions. We are a one stop shop for any and all questions. Even if we don’t know the answer it is my job to find a source for the soldier. It’s a little office the Army likes to call S-1.

Thank you, Alpha Chi Omega and SPC Erica Loroff for your submission!

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