March at the South Carolina State House, January 21, 2017

photo by Betty Benns

The Real Rebels of the Red States

To the white Southerners who think their bigotry, misogyny, anti-intellectualism, anti-labor rhetoric, and racism is rebellion, the real rebels of the South know that you’ve been holding us back for too long. But you’re not the only ones. We’ve been ignored, mocked, and dismissed along with you for decades because the rest of the country’s … [Read more…]

Así Soy: A conversation with Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, associate professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, specializes in  public relations and telenovela studies. She is the 2016 recipient of the Charles E. Scripps National Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year Award.(Photo/Sarah E. Freeman, in Athens, Georgia, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016)

On the roster of classes offered at the University of Georgia, there is one course that stands out: Telenovelas, Culture and Society. This course is the brainchild of Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, a Venezuelan-born Associate Professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has written three books on the popular television genre: Venezuela … [Read more…]

Auntie Bellum Weekend Mix #25: DC or Bust! To the Women’s March on Washington!

"Cobb County N.O.W. President Kathy Martin at Allstate protest, Georgia, November 24, 1983."(photo courtesy of the Georgia State University archives.)

I won’t be traveling to DC this weekend for the Women’s March on Washington, but I was thinking of my sisters who are going when I came up with this playlist. This is righteous road trip music. You will sing and sometimes scream these songs. You may even shed a tear or two. But I’ve … [Read more…]

AB Podcast #28: SC Solidarity and the Women’s March on Washington

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It started with some deeply disappointed women stuck with DC hotel rooms for an inauguration they no longer wished to attend. Someone suggested a protest, and the Women’s March on Washington exploded from there. Now, we all have sisters in the struggle who are headed to DC tomorrow to link arms in outrage, solidarity, and … [Read more…]