Rachel Leah

Beyoncé makes black feminism accessible in her Coachella film 'Homecoming' -- building on the education she's delivered for years

"If you surrender to the air, you can ride it." This Toni Morrison quote opens Beyoncé's Netflix film "Homecoming" about her historic and groundbreaking performance at last year's Coachella, in which she became the first black woman to headline the festival since its founding in 1999.

Keep reading... Show less

Mike Pence's invitation to an evangelical college has sparked an uproar on campus

Taylor University, a private evangelical Christian college in rural Indiana, has selected Vice President Mike Pence as its featured commencement speaker this May, and many from the Taylor community are deeply upset and alarmed. For those on the outside, the news that a largely white evangelical Christian school in Pence's home state of Indiana would invite him as its graduation speaker seems hardly surprising, considering that for decades white evangelical Christians have constituted the largest religious bloc in the Republican Party, according to the Washington Post. But as Taylor alumni, faculty and students have told Salon — some of whom asked not to be named — the invitation has been met with substantial dissent and backlash.

Keep reading... Show less

The performative bickering of Kellyanne and George Conway: What's the end game?

I had been convinced that there was no odder couple than my parents, who've long been separated and whose personalities and livelihoods could not be more divergent, until conservative lawyer turned chronic President Trump critic George Conway began to gain popularity for his fervent and relentless Trump takedowns, on social media and in op-eds, despite the fact that he is married to Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump's closest aides.

Keep reading... Show less

'Be stupid': These are the most outrageous details in the college admission cheating investigation

It became clear almost instantly that the college admissions scam, also known as Operation Varsity Blues, went beyond the usual tactics rich people rely on to get their unqualified children into top schools. These weren't cases of legacy admission — a scam in itself — and as Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said, "We're not talking about donating a building so that a school is more likely to take your son or daughter. . . We're talking about deception and fraud."

Keep reading... Show less

Parkland grad explains why they march: 'Because we have to. We're afraid for our lives.'

When Parkland graduate Delaney Tarr stopped by “Salon Talks” this fall to talk about an essay collection she and her peers wrote called "Glimmer of Hope," she didn't want to dwell on details of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one year ago that completely changed her life. She didn't come to talk about grief—her and her peers have done hundreds of interviews that dwell on that. She came to talk about action and hopefully, inspire it.

Keep reading... Show less

Gwyneth Paltrow is a human after all?

Actress and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow is many things. She's the face and mind behind the expensive and controversial beauty and wellness empire GOOP, which has featured products like the Jade Yoni Egg and Psychic Vampire Repellent. She's a mother to Apple and Moses Martin. She won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for best actress for her role in "Shakespeare in Love." And yet, Paltrow has become best known in recent years for pretentious, elitist one-liners that situate her so far outside of normalcy and reality that "unrelatable" does not feel like a strong enough word. Like when she took credit for popularizing yoga, or once said, "I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin." In her words and actions and brand, Paltrow always appears not quite human — until now.

Keep reading... Show less

'Game of Thrones' final season: Here's what we know about the last stretch of HBO's beloved show

The Golden Globes may have aired last night, but for "Game of Thrones" fans, the big news was a brand new first look from HBO featuring a whopping five-second teaser of season 8. Only HBO would determine that during a major award show would be an ideal time to release anything of importance, but The Thrones often conjures a drop-everything-this-is-not-a-drill type of energy and social media filled fast with utter excitement. Believe it or not, even with only five seconds of content, there is a lot to discuss.

Keep reading... Show less

Ellen's Kevin Hart interview, 'haters' and the celebrity victim complex

Ellen didn't challenge Kevin Hart once as he painted himself as the sole victim of a "malicious attack."

Keep reading... Show less

What could millennials kill off in 2019? Weddings and becoming parents

Data suggests millennials are getting married and having kids later in life, because both are so expensive

Instead of waiting for the next Wall Street Journal article to drop featuring "experts" from some random industry discussing what millennials have killed now, let's predict what's next. My guess: Millennials will kill weddings and becoming parents.

Keep reading... Show less

These 10 women of 2018 wouldn't be silenced

It's been 26 years since the so-called "Year of the Woman," when a record number of women were elected to Congress in 1992. Four senators and 24 representatives were sent to Capitol Hill, following contentious Supreme Court hearings for then-nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused by Anita Hill of sexual harassment.

Keep reading... Show less

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.