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Op-eds and Interviews by Ad Hoc Group of Advisors

Check out this fantastic selection of op-eds and interviews by men and women who have been instrumental in driving the effort to have girls and young women of color included in President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.

-Don’t Let the Gender Gap Overshadow Deeper Racial and Economic Disparities" by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and Walter Allen at The Chronicle- http://bit.ly/14KHYbR 

-"The Girls Obama Forgot" by Kimberle Williams Crenshaw at The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1oa9ilq

-"Young Women of Color Need Support Too"- 2 Letters to the Editor by Luke Harris and Terry O'Neill & Shireen Mitchell at The Washington Post: http://wapo.st/1zzvvlf 

-"History of Police Violence" featuring Kimberle Crenshaw on The Ed Showhttp://on.msnbc.com/1t7gO64 

-"The Political Impact of the Ferguson Protest" featuring Salamishah Tillet on The Ed Show: http://on.msnbc.com/1yFXJbN

-"L.A. Girls and Women of Color Demand to be Heard Amidst My Brother's Keeper" by Julianne Hing at Colorlineshttp://bit.ly/1AHEvGw 

-"Kimberle Crenshaw on the Madison Show," on the Joe Madison Show at SoundCloudhttp://bit.ly/1p5jqAQ 

-"Minority Women and Girls Are in Dire Straits, So Don't Just Focus Solely on Males" by Nakisha M. Lewis and Pamlea Shifman in The Chronicle of Philanthropyhttp://bit.ly/1pEnuXP

-"A Latina's Perspective on MBK" by Rosa-Linda Fregoso at The Feminist Wire: http://bit.ly/1msUtOW

-"We Need to Be Our Brother's and Sister's Keeper" by Luke Charles Harris at Black Press USA: http://bit.ly/1iwmNQD

-"Why Girls of Color Should Be Included in My Brother's Keeper" by Salamishah Tillet at The Root: http://bit.ly/1mqC2tY

-"Why Did President Obama Leave Out the Girls?" by Paul Butler at CNNhttp://cnn.it/1l6b2zA 

-"My Brother's Keeper & The Co-Optation of Intersectionality" by Brittney Cooper at Crunk
Feminist Collective
: http://bit.ly/VCYcPY 

-"'Not Going to Lie Down and Take It': Black Women are Being Overlooked by this President" by Brittney Cooper at Salonhttp://bit.ly/1lEOo0R 

-"Black Men and White Women Leapfrog Over Black Women" by Oscar Blayton at Black Press USA: http://bit.ly/1o3NtXY 

-"Am I My Sister's Keeper?: An Interview with Kiese Laymon" by Hope Wabuke at Ms. Magazine: http://bit.ly/1xDMEtY 

-"Black Girls Also Victims of Gun Violence" by Marlon Peterson at Black Press USA: bit.ly/Szi2Jy

-”Darnell L. Moore on Love, Liberation and Critiquing ‘My Brother’s Keeper” by Darnell Moore at EBONY: bit.ly/1ldAlPW 

-"My Sisters' Keeper Too" by Walter Fields at North Star News: http://bit.ly/1pbGoIC 

-"A Systems Perspective to ‘My Brother’s Keeper" by Marlon Peterson at The Brooklyn Reader: bit.ly/1nvFMK1

Media Coverage of AAPF's Letter from 1,000 Women of Color

Weeks after our letter from 200 Concerned Black Men opened up a critical dialogue about the need to include girls and young women of color in President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" program, this week's release of a letter from over 1,000 Women of Color making the demand for their inclusion in the program has sparked another wave of media attention on the issue. On Friday, Michael Eric Dyson covered the letter on MSNBC's The Ed Show, and since then our letter has been reported on and written about in outlets like The Washington PostCNNThe Nation, Salon, and elsewhere. The hashtag #WhyWeCantWait has also generated a lot of great commentary through Twitter. Check out some of the articles below to read up on the coverage, and be sure to keep the conversation going by sharing and signing on to our letter!

-Kimberle Crenshaw interviewed on Democracy Now! - 11/13/14

-"White House to Women and Girls of Color: We Care" by Maya Rhodan at Time Magazine- 11/12/14 

-"White House Turns to Girls of Color" by Jesse Holland at Associated Press- 11/12/14 [Huffinton Post, ABC News, Washington Post...]

-"Help Boys, but Don't Shortchange Girls" A Plea from Gloria Steinem, Pamela Shifman and Girls Inc. at The New York Times- 8/4/14

-"L.A. Girls and Women of Color Demand to be Heard Amidst My Brother's Keeper" by Julianne Hing at Colorlines- 8/1/14

-"Young Women of Color Need Support Too"- 2 Letters to the Editor by Luke Harris, and Terry O'Neill & Shireen Mitchell at The Washington Post- 7/30/14

"Does Obama's 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative Ignore Black Women?", Al Jazeera America

-”The Girls Obama Forgot” by Kimberle Williams Crenshaw at The New York Times- 7/29/14

-"My Brother's Keeper Skating On Thin Evidence?" by Heidi Hartmann at The Huffington Post- 7/22/14

-"My Brother's Keeper's 'Oppression Olympics'" by Stephany Rose at Black Press USA- 7/22/14

-"White House Meets with Activists Calling For Gender Equity in My Brother's Keeper" by Nia-Malika Henderson at The Washington Post- 7/15/14

-"The Case for Including Girls in 'My Brother's Keeper'" by Evie Blad at Education Week- 7/11/14

-"A Latina's Perspective on MBK" by Rosa-Linda Fregoso at The Feminist Wire- 7/11/14

-"#MyBrothersKeeper: Where My Girls At? And how do we define young People of Color anyway?" by Aya de Leon- 7/11/14

-"My Brother's Keeper & The Co-Optation of Intersectionality" by Brittney Cooper at Crunk Feminist Collective- 7/1/14

-"My Brother's Got A Keeper, But What About My Sister?" by Lillian Kalish at Ryot

-"Loving Billie Holiday Doesn't Mean Black Girls Aren't Suffering" by Farah Jasmine Griffin at The Nation- 6/27/14

-Segment on The Mid-Morning MOJO with Stephanie Renee, 900AM WURD- 6/27/14

-"A Call to President Obama to Include Girls of Color in 'My Brother's Keeper' Programs" at The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education- 6/24/14

-"Roland Martin's Wrong: Why Girls and Women Should Be Included in My Brother's Keeper" by Charing Ball at Madame Noire- 6/20/14

-"Rosario Dawson and Alice Walker Want Women of Color in My Brother's Keeper Initiative" at EurWeb- 6/19/14

-"The Gender Flaw in 'My Brother's Keeper'" by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation- 6/19/14

-"Women Request Inclusion in My Brother's Keeper" by Sierra Boone at Jet Mag- 6/19/14

-"Women of Color Urge Obama to 'Re-Align' My Brother's Keeper" by George E. Curry at Black Press USA- 6/18/14

-"Women of Color Urge Obama to 'Re-Align' My Brother's Keeper" by George E. Curry at The Michigan Citizen- 6/18/14

-"Alice Walker and Rosario Dawson Want Women of Color in My Brother's Keeper" by Breanna Edwards at The Root- 6/18/14

-"1,000 Women of Color Want Women and Girls Included in 'My Brother's Keeper'" by Nia-Malika Henderson at The Washington Post- 6/18/14

-"Why Did President Obama Leave Out the Girls?" by Paul Butler at CNN- 6/18/14

-"'Black Women, Like Black Men, Scar': Conversation on My Brother's Keeper Heats Up" by Dani McClain at The Nation- 6/18/14

-"'Not Going to Lie Down and Take It': Black Women are Being Overlooked by this President" by Brittney Cooper at Salon- 6/17/14

-"1,000 Women Sign Petition Urging President Obama to Create Legislation for Women of Color" at For Harriet- 6/17/14

-"Calling for My Brother AND Sister's Keeper," The Ed Show (Guest Host Michael Eric Dyson)- 6/13/14

Media Coverage of AAPF Open Letter

The "Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men Calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls in My Brother's Keeper," published on the AAPF's website last Friday, has already begun to generate coverage and conversation among major media outlets across the nation. Featured below is video from MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show this past Sunday, where the show's guests outlined some of the flaws and limits of MBK and its exclusively-male frame, and Luke Harris' recent article received great praise. Click on the links below to also view some of the articles highlighting the letter, and be sure to check out our upcoming Webinar this Friday at 2:30 pm!

-"White House Meets with Activists Calling For Gender Equity in My Brother's Keeper" by Nia-Malika Henderson at The Washington Post- 7/15/14

-"Administration Lays Out Ways Groups Can Support Program for Minority Men" by Tanzina Vega at The New York Times- 5/30/14

-"Prominent black men ask Obama: What about black women and girls?" by Nia-Malika Henderson at The Washington Post- 5/31/14

-"Adding Women to 'My Brother's Keeper' Program" on The Ed Show (Guest host Michael Eric Dyson)- 6/11/14

-"My Brother's Keeper Skating On Thin Evidence?" by Heidi Hartmann at Institute for Women's Policy Research- 7/21/14

-"Black Men Urge Obama to Add Females to My Brother's Keeper" by Lynette Holloway at The Root- 5/31/14

-"Why 200 Black Men Raised Concerns About Obama's Initiative Targeting Men and Boys of Color" by Dani McClain at The Nation- 6/4/14

-"My Sisters' Keeper Too" by Walter Fields at North Star News- 6/23/14

-"NOW Applauds Focus on Communities of Color in 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative, Urges President Obama to Include Girls and Young Women of Color" by Terry O'Neill at The National Organization for Women- 5/30/14

-"Am I My Sister's Keeper?: An Interview with Kiese Laymon" by Hope Wabuke at Ms. Magazine- 6/10/14

-"Black Girls Also Victims of Gun Violence" by Marlon Peterson at Black Press USA- 6/10/14

-"A Systems Perspective to ‘My Brother’s Keeper" by Marlon Peterson at The Brooklyn Reader- 6/9/14

-"Darnell L. Moore on Love, Liberation and Critiquing 'My Brother's Keeper" by Darnell Moore at EBONY- 6/1/

-"5 Things that a 'My Sister's Keeper Initiative' Must Include" by Monique W. Morris at EBONY

-"Men Asking for Change to 'My Brother's Keeper'" by De'Saundra Harris at American Urban Radio Networks

-"Men Want 'My Brother's Keeper Expanded to Include Black Females" by George E. Curry at Black Press USA

-"Group Of Men Ask Obama To Include Black Women In ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative" by Ann Brown at Madame Noire- 5/30/14

-"Black Men Pen Open Letter Calling for Inclusion of Girls and Women in 'My Brother's Keeper'" at EBONY- 6/2/14

-"Coalition of 200 Black Men Call for Inclusion of Women and Girls in 'My Brother's Keeper'" at NewsOne- 5/31/14

-"Coalition of 200 Black Men Call for Inclusion of Women and Girls in 'My Brother's Keeper'" at The New Pittsburgh Courier- 5/31/14

-"200 Black Men Ask POTUS: What About Our Sisters?" at Feminist Wire- 5/30/14

-"Push to Expand 'My Brother's Keeper' to Include Black Females" at Final Call

-"Shabazz Center Statement on 200 Black Men Respond to My Brother's Keeper" by Cheikh Athj

-"Men Want 'My Brother's Keeper Expanded to Include Black Females" at Atlanta Daily World -5/29/14