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So far Abbey Crain has created 28 blog entries.

How Birmingham’s Thank You Books created community, found success through pandemic

Laura Cotten, Kristen Iskandrian and Elizabeth Goodrich wanted a home for Birmingham’s literary and author community.  They were proud of the city’s rich history of storytellers and avid readers and felt like something was missing within the city limits. The three friends opened Thank You Books in mid-December 2019, just [...]

By |2021-03-31T09:19:40-05:00March 29, 2021|Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|

Southern states pushing anti-abortion bills despite Biden’s vow to protect Roe

President Joe Biden has promised to codify Roe V. Wade on the 48th anniversary of its passing, but states across the South show no signs of letting up on anti-abortion-related bills this legislative season. According to Planned Parenthood, more than 100 bills targeting abortion and abortion access.have been introduced in [...]

By |2021-02-09T12:55:02-06:00February 5, 2021|Health, Justice, Reckon|Women, Story|

Reframing purity culture, step by step

Each week the Reckon Women newsletter includes a column from women in the South, in collaboration with See Jane Write. Click here to join the Reckon Women Facebook group. By: Lea Ervin Growing up, I didn’t have a purity ring, nor did I attend an elaborate ball pledging my purity [...]

By |2021-01-14T09:30:03-06:00January 13, 2021|Reckon|Women, Story|

10 HBCU grads making boss moves in the South

By Abbey Crain Reckon staff writer The 2020 election gave HBCU graduates a chance to shine, bringing to the forefront the fruits of historically Black institutions. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a Howard University graduate, became the first woman and first Black woman elected vice president. Stacey Abrams, a Spelman College [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:46:24-06:00December 10, 2020|Blackness, Race, Story|

Purity culture can impact long-term sexual health 

This story is part of a series about purity culture, sex education and the role of family, faith and communities in addressing the lasting impacts of purity culture’s teachings. Cultural norms surrounding sex in the South can lead to long-lasting physical effects such sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted infections and gynecological cancers, experts say.   Many [...]

By |2021-04-07T10:58:18-05:00December 9, 2020|Education, Health, Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|
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