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Happy International Day of the Girl!

SPARK Movement is thrilled to co-produce the International Day of the Girl: Girls Speak Out! at the United Nations for the third year in a row. Dana (SPARK’s executive director) is directing The Takeover, an original performance written and performed by teenage girls at the UN – and including writing by girls from 18 countries. [...]

Hot Girls Wanted: A SPARK Roundtable

Hot Girls Wanted

by Montgomery Jones, Aviv Rau, Mariah Hall, Courtney Fulcher, and Jazmin Martinez Hot Girls Wanted is a documentary that gives its audience a glimpse into the world of amateur porn, looking into the day to day lives of young women in the industry. It’s been on the media’s radar, thanks in part to producer Rashida [...]

SPARK Reads: Nell Zink’s Mislaid


by Courtney Fulcher I first saw screenshots of Nell Zink’s Mislaid when Rachel Dolezal became a news story. I had heard about the book before because it was one of those “10 Books You Must Read This Summer!” but I hadn’t  intended to read it until I read those screenshots. They were all wickedly funny [...]

Black Women Create, even from behind prison walls

Latoya Dickens

by Alice Wilder Latoya Dickens and I have been pen pals for a little over a year. In that time, I’ve moved four times. I’ve worked three different jobs and traveled to four different states. But several times a month, without fail, I’ve scooped thick envelopes out of my mail box and unfolded yellow lined pages [...]

Research Blog: Why don’t I look like her?!

By Allison Cabana It’s those pink walls that really take me back. Sitting in my childhood bedroom, staring at those walls, I remember exactly how it felt to live here. I was dreaming of getting a date, whispering to my friends on the phone, and stressing out about homework. But what I remember most is [...]

From the Archives: Umbral gives girls in comics the adventure they need

by Madeleine Nesbitt This post was originally published August 8, 2014 Umbral is a comic that very much depicts the hero’s adventure story– that of King Arthur, or perhaps Frodo Baggins. There’s magic, thievery, a kingdom at risk, and secrets galore. Any typical male adventure hero would fit into this environment, but, thanks to creators Antony Johnston [...]