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Director Says Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Can't Be Racist Because It Had a 'Super Hot' Black Producer

Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams”can’t be racist! Sure, it’s a highly stylized, white-washed celebration of African colonialism, but—as the video’s director so helpfully pointed out—it also had black people working in production! This video’s best friends are black! »9/02/15 4:10pmToday 4:10pm

What It's Like to Be an OB/GYN in Sierra Leone: An Interview

Each day, around 800 women across the globe die because of complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Doctors Without Borders, the international medical organization that sends physicians to impoverished areas, recently launched a multimedia project to illuminate the reality of these unnecessary deaths. Because… »7/22/15 4:05pm7/22/15 4:05pm

Weed Is Not for Women: A Dispatch From Cairo

Looking for weed as a woman traveling alone is, in the eyes of many, akin to declaring that you have zero moral compunction. Drug hunting abroad necessitates seeking out a series strange men, most of whom want to have sex with you. I’d felt this way at times in Europe, but Egypt is where it really begins to sink in. »4/30/15 1:10pm4/30/15 1:10pm

Report Confirms Worst Fears About Boko Haram's Treatment of Stolen Girls

A new report from Amnesty International says that terrorist group Boko Haram is committing war crimes in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 2,000 people in the first half of 2014 alone and kidnapping thousands more. Through eyewitness testimony, they’ve learned that the women and girls abducted by the group are… »4/16/15 10:50am4/16/15 10:50am

'Visibly Pregnant' Girls in Sierra Leone Banned from Attending School

Sierra Leone's Education Minister has announced that school-aged girls who are "visibly pregnant" won't be allowed to attend school, take their exams, or associate with non-pregnant students. A top education official has suggested that having pregnant girls in class would "encourage other girls to do the same thing." »3/30/15 11:30am3/30/15 11:30am

Ebola Panic Really Shows How Clueless Folks Are About African Geography

You would think that most people have at least a semi-firm grasp on the idea that Africa is not one small place with a single culture. That something that occurs in one isolated part of Africa does not mean the entire continent (which has 54 countries and thousands of ethnicities and languages) is similarly affected.… »10/21/14 3:50pm10/21/14 3:50pm

The Paranoid Hypochondriac's Guide to the Ebola Outbreak

The worst ebola outbreak in history is currently ravaging West Africa, and it might be coming to the U.S. Okay, it's probably not. But it might be. But it's probably not. But oh god what if it is?!? What do we do? This is not the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; this is real life, ok? But those screenwriters… »8/04/14 11:20am8/04/14 11:20am

A Real Maasai Woman's Thoughts on the White 'Warrior Princess' Chick

YES: a real Maasai woman shared her thoughts on Mindy Budgor, the California girl who hung out in Kenya for a sec before saving all the women by becoming the first female Maasai warrior (and conveniently writing a book about it called Warrior Princess!). Here's Rarin Ole Sein's feelings re Budgor, who Sein says is no… »9/19/13 8:30pm9/19/13 8:30pm

First Female Maasai Warrior Is a White Lady With a Memoir

20-something California entrepreneur Mindy Budgor wanted to find meaning beyond mani pedis, just-out-of-the-oven croissants (her fave), and her BMW, so she decided to become the Maasai tribe's first-ever female warrior, thus literally saving Africa. She hasn't captured Joseph Kony as of yet, but she does have a book… »9/13/13 11:00am9/13/13 11:00am

‘Avon Ladies’ of Uganda Sell Vital Medicine Cheaply Door-to-Door

Doug Wilson (it’s an outdated Weeds reference people, — please try to keep up with my creaky analogies) isn’t the only yearning male entrepreneur who saw the simple brilliance in adapting Avon’s door-to-door cosmetics peddling strategy to fit his own schemes. The ironically-surnamed Chuck Slaughter, founder and… »6/23/13 1:00pm6/23/13 1:00pm

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Goes to 7 Continents, Finds Exotic People to Use as Props

For the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the magazine photographed models on all 7 continents. A world tour of ill-fitting "swim" wear! But sometimes a half-naked lady standing in front of a gorgeous natural backdrop just isn't enough. So the photographers used natives as props. »2/12/13 3:50pm2/12/13 3:50pm

Five Things You Need to Know About Africa's First Female Billionaire

Meet Isabel Dos Santos. She is 40 years old. Forbes has just named her Africa's first female billionaire. Yes. Billion. Picture a million-dollar home. Now picture one thousand of them. A billion. »1/25/13 5:15pm1/25/13 5:15pm

And there you have it. Pretty lady, interesting family, billions and billions of murky bucks. (The that most people in…

Meet the Women Who Tattoo Their Gums Black for a More Beautiful Smile

In this video making the rounds, a woman named Marième, who lives in Senegal, goes to get her gums tattooed black. "I want black gums to obtain a more beautiful smile," she says. "It's become an obsession." Later, she admits: "I'm scared." As she should be! The procedure, which takes place outdoors using handmade… »1/02/13 6:30pm1/02/13 6:30pm