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Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets  by Sheila Nopper
Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets

Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets

nah-ee-lah and d’bi young are creating sparks with their word sounds. These second- generation dub poets—who are also noteworthy playwrights and actors—rhythmically fan those sparks into flames of resistance against injustice as they burn new pathways toward social liberation.

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The Dearth of a Nation  by Sheila Nopper
The Dearth of a Nation

The Dearth of a Nation

In this article, Afua Cooper blows the whistle on Canada's history of slavery and gives a voice to unsung heroes of the past.

Afua Cooper is a poet and writer whose work includes Memories Have Tongue, Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub, and (with co-editors Peggy Bristow and Dionne Brand) We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History.

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Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation  by Krista Scott-Dixon
Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation

Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation

"Third-wave feminism" is a catchy yet contested term for the ideas and activism of young North American women. Lara Karaian, Allyson Mitchell and Lisa Rundle created an anthology that reflects the issues and experiences of these women. Their book, Turbo Chicks, (Sumach Press, 2001) challenges the image of young women as apathetic, apolitical dupes of an anti-feminist backlash. Instead, the contributors to Turbo Chicks present a lively, intriguing series of opinions and perspectives which are by turns thoughtful, provocative, funny, angry and poignant.

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The Speech that Shook the Country  by Sunera Thobani
The Speech that Shook the Country

The Speech that Shook the Country

Sunera Thobani's speech at the "Women's Resistance: From Victimization to Criminalization" conference in Ottawa on October 1 2001, provoked a storm of controversy after her remarks were interpreted as blaming the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy. Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, described it as a "terrible speech that we are 100 percent against."

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The Currency of Viola Desmond  by Evelyn C. White
The Currency of Viola Desmond

The Currency of Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond (right) will appear on the $10 Canadian bank note in 2018. This article, which appeared in Herizons Spring 2015 Special Issue on Women who Changed Canada, pays tribute to the civil rights icon.

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The Sweet Taste of Lemonade  by Cheryl Thompson
The Sweet Taste of Lemonade

The Sweet Taste of Lemonade

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter never ceases to amaze audiences. For nearly 20 years, she has consistently recreated herself, her music and her brand.

It is easy to forget that she began her career in 1998 at age of 16 as part of the girl group Destiny’s Child. Since then, she’s become one of the most recognized R&B/pop singers in the world—and one of the most critiqued. With each album, listeners delve into her creative subconscious, and her latest (sixth) solo project, Lemonade, is no exception.

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Viola Desmond Led Civil Rights Fight  by Evelyn C. White
Viola Desmond Led Civil Rights Fight

Viola Desmond Led Civil Rights Fight

Born and raised in Halifax, Viola Desmond was a successful beautician who, in 1946, challenged racial prejudice.

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Temporary Workers, Permanent Problems  by Sandhya Singh
Temporary Workers, Permanent Problems

Temporary Workers, Permanent Problems

Laura came to Canada from Mexico to work as a seasonal apple picker under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. She fell on the job, and her legs were crushed by a tractor.

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The Rise of Hipster Sexism  by Meghan Murphy
The Rise of Hipster Sexism

The Rise of Hipster Sexism

Describing the hipster is something you aren’t supposed to do. The mere mention of the fact that there are hipsters outs you as not being one.

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The Myth of Matricide  by Joanna Chiu (Fall 2011)
The Myth of Matricide

The Myth of Matricide

Three years ago, when I was an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, I cut classes for a week to attend a feminist retreat in Quebec.

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