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.

The (bluest) eyes have it

[Note: Forgive your tired, over-burdened editors. Okay, actually one editor--me--for re-posting the article about #blackparentquotes, which had already appeared here back in September. You can still participate in discussion on that thread. Here is a replacement post.] written by Love … Continue reading

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Re: Can I touch it? The fascination with natural, African American hair

written by Love Isn’t Enough guest contributor Relando Thompkins, MSW “Your hair is so neat. Can I touch it?” When I walked into work this morning, one of the students I worked with showed me an interesting article titled “Can … Continue reading

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Quoted: Tough titty–on feminist mothering and the breast feeding doll

The Crunk Feminist Collective has a thoughtful post up about breast feeding and feminism. The piece also touches on the messages we send young girls about mothering. Dolls and doll-play have been a long-standing point of entry into discussions about … Continue reading

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America the Beautiful

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Sex education and my son

written by LIE contributor Renee; originally published at Womanist Musings I came across an article in Madame Noire that neatly dovetailed around a conversation I recently had with a friend. The article concerns parents who have decided to allow their … Continue reading

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Why I know for sure our healthcare system is f*&^%d up

written by Love Isn’t Enough contributor Liz Dwyer; originally published at Los Angelista I grew up down the street from a boy whose mom rushed him to the doctor if he had even the slightest runny nose. I am not … Continue reading

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What we believe: Love isn’t enough

We are thrilled to have acquired many new readers over the past year. To acclimate new folks to the LIE community, we thought it would be helpful to re-publish a few posts that communicate this blog’s core values. The following … Continue reading

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What we believe: Race is still an issue

We are thrilled to have acquired many new readers over the past year. To acclimate new folks to the LIE community, we thought it would be helpful to re-publish a few posts that communicate this blog’s core values. The following … Continue reading

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What we believe: Respect this house

We are thrilled to have acquired many new readers over the past year. To acclimate new folks to the LIE community, we thought it would be helpful to re-publish a few posts that communicate this blog’s core values. The following … Continue reading

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July 7: What Tami Said and Shakesville host My Planned Parenthood blog carnival

Originally published at What Tami Said We are at war. American women are fighting to retain the right to govern our bodies, to own our sexuality and to have access to good and affordable reproductive health care. It is no … Continue reading

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Forcing boys to perform masculinity

written by Love Isn’t Enough guest contributor Renee; originally published on Womanist Musings I love to paint my nails. Right now they are an awesome lime green. Every time I pull out my nail polish, Mayhem stares at my hands … Continue reading

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Putting the white in multiculturalism

written by Love Isn’t Enough co-editor Tami; originally published at What Tami Said In her latest Salon column, Joan Walsh takes on the recent study that reportedly shows white Americans believe that anti-white bias is on the rise and that it … Continue reading

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“Rio” a carnival on race

written by guest contributor Renee; originally published at Womanist Musings So yesterday, the family and I decided to watch the movie Rio. Rio is the story of a blue macaw from Minnesota, who travels to Rio with his owner, when … Continue reading

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Toys, childhood and the fear of pink

written by guest contributor Sparky; originally published at Womanist Musings I am thinking back to my childhood and the toys I played with and the clothes I wore. See, there is a rumbling drama-llama about boys with pink toe-nails or … Continue reading

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Hip Mama: For Uncommon Parents

written by Tami; crossposted from Ms. Magazine blogs Crack open issue number 47 of Hip Mama—The Body Issue—and here’s what you get: a  photograph of a pregnant woman in the desert, posed like a warrior, belly full and exposed; a … Continue reading

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Beyonce: Run the world (Lies)

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Shocker (NOT): My son got called an “African bitch” at school

Originally published at Los Angelista Is Los Angeles the most racist city on the planet? If you want to know the answer to that, just ask my sons. They’ve had enough racist experiences that I’m sure they can give you … Continue reading

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Not a pretty girl

written by Love Isn’t Enough co-editor Tami; originally published at What Tami Said Damn. @kellyhogaboom sends me the best links. When I wrote about some random woman at my high school graduation shaming me for the size of my thighs, … Continue reading

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Raising children to be submissive members of the lower caste

written by Tami; originally published at What Tami Said The arbitrary nature of grown people’s wrath gave colored children practice for life in the caste system, which is why parents, forced to train their children in the ways of subservience, … Continue reading

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Teasing a black child about her hair is abuse

written by Renee; originally posted at Womanist Musings All black women have a story to tell about their hair and how it has impacted their vision of what beauty is. I know that for quite sometime as a child, I … Continue reading

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