Author Archives: Tami

About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.

Quoted: Riding In Cars With Black People And Other Newly Dangerous Acts

“What I remember most about that first stop was that he asked “Where are you headed.” Not “license, registration and proof of insurance, please” ─ but “Where are you headed.” ── Eighteen years ─ nine months ─ sixteen days and … Continue reading

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Do you believe in what we do here? Can you help?

Regular readers have likely noticed that it has been quiet around here, lately. Thank you to those of you who have written to check in on the LIE team. We’re fine, though a bit overburdened. Love Isn’t Enough is just … Continue reading

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LIE Links 9.25.12

The impact of new photo identification requirements on youth of color Since the 2008 presidential election, in which youth of color turned out to vote at historic rates, many state legislatures have passed new voting laws that require voters to show … Continue reading

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Ask LIE: How do we address microaggressions at our children’s schools?

Dear Love Isn’t Enough. As the new school year approaches my husband and I are again finding that we need to address race issues within the school system. My stepkids are teenagers in high school and more of these issues … Continue reading

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Quoted: Even When A Study Talks About the Harm of Spanking Many Adults Still in Denial

Renee at Womanist Musings writes about spanking in the black community: Spankings are often posited as the solution to the high drop out rate, teen pregnancy, and of course the high incarceration rate. If this was really the solution, would … Continue reading

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A love poem for single mothers

originally published at Crunk Feminist Collective Hey girl, I’m calling Cause I got your text Seems you might need a hug And a minute to vent So you spent one more night Trying to find the words To explain that … Continue reading

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Gender-fluid piece in NYT insulting to girls and women

Written by Love Isn’t Enough contributor Margot Magowan; originally published at Reel Girl The New York Times piece on gender-fluid kids reinforces so many stereotypes, I’ve got to go through them. Let’s start with sentence #1: The night before Susan … Continue reading

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Gendering food: Kids deserve more than these sexist stereotypes

Written by LIE contributor Margot Magowan; originally published at Reel Girl When I started Reel Girl my plan was to blog about the sexist stereotypes marketed to kids through movies, TV, and toys. I never considered blogging about sexism in food. … Continue reading

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Today at 9 am ET: Images in River–Black Girls Dialogue

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The panelists for tomorrow’s live discussion are seriously awesome!

You’ve got Images in the River: Black Girls Dialogue on your calendar right? Love Isn’t Enough and a few of our crunk feminist friends are getting together at 9 am ET, TOMORROW, right here in this space, to discuss how … Continue reading

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MARCH 31–THIS SATURDAY!!–Images in the River–Black Girls Dialogue

On Saturday, we tried to open the doors. In a small period of time, girls went from spouting Moynihanisms to writing messages of encouragement to Amber Cole as members of her “crew.” Many of the girls sounded like our mothers. … Continue reading

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Jay-Z’s new-found feminist fatherhood

originally published at Sociological Images by Lisa Wade You might have heard that, after the birth of his daughter with Beyonce Knowles in January, Jay-Z has sworn off calling women “bitches.” [Editor: Jay-Z's representation has since denied this claim.] His change … Continue reading

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Sometimes mommies and daddies need time alone

written by Love Isn’t Enough contributor Renee; originally published on Womanist Musings I have always said that once you have a couple of kids, they function as great birth control. Every time the unhusband and I get close to each … Continue reading

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Teaching a child to refer to her genitalia as “the C word”

written by Love Isn’t Enough contributor Renee; originally published at Womanist Musings Every parent eventually has to make a decision regarding what to teach their children about their genitalia. Some people simply cannot bear to give their children the correct … Continue reading

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To you and yours…

May the waning days of 2011 be joyous. See you in 2012! Tweet

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Yes, Tintin is crazy racist and anti-Semitic. No my kids won’t see it.

written by Love Isn’t Enough contributor Liz Dwyer; originally published at Los Angelista Back in the late 1970s when I was a kid roaming the stacks at my local public library, I wandered across a set of adventure books with … Continue reading

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Yes, there are black people in your Hunger Games: The strange case of Rue and Cinna

By Guest Contributor Roxie Moxie, originally published at Nerdgasm Noire Network Last week the Hunger Games character posters were revealed to fans. There were the usual complaints of actors not meeting book loyalist expectations. However, among the usual complaints of “She … Continue reading

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“Why’d you give that n***** your eraser?”: When your 10-year-old is called racial slurs at school

written by Love Isn’t Enough contributor Liz Dwyer; originally published at Los Angelista “Why’d you give that n***** your eraser?” I send my two sons to school to learn, not so that they can be called racial slurs. But on … Continue reading

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Boys, social control and school dress codes

Written by Gwen Sharp; originally published at Sociological Images Tara C. sent us a link to a story about a 4-year-old boy who has been given in-school suspension (and was threatened with expulsion) for having hair that breaks the dress code … Continue reading

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The love of a single mother is enough

written by Love Isn’t Enough contributor Renee; originally published at Womanist Musings I recently came across a piece about single motherhood on Clutch magazine that I thought would lead to an interesting conversation. Nobody wants to grow up without a … Continue reading

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