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Thoai Lu

Thoai Lu
Editorial Intern
Oakland, CA

Before becoming a journalism intern at Colorlines, Thoai delved into racism and sexism’s intersections at UC San Diego. She led a small writing club, “New Voices,” which explored the issue; she also contributed to The Collective Voice, the school’s social-justice newspaper. Thoai got her B.A. in Literature/Writing from UCSD in June of 2010, which enhanced her interest in nonfiction, race, gender and visual culture. As a former McNair Scholar, she completed independent research projects on sexuality and hyphy music. The Oakland native hopes to save inner-city children from the plight of illiteracy. When that seems heavy, she runs or turns to hip-hop.

Thoai tweets at @thoailu.

Video Shows D.C. Cop Abuse of Elderly Man in Wheelchair

Video Shows D.C. Cop Abuse of Elderly Man in Wheelchair

by Thoai Lu on May 24 2011, 2:12PM

In the video taken outside the U Street-Cardozo Metro Station, two D.C. Metro Police officers are seen slamming Dwight Harris to the ground.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Young Oakland Journalist Shows a Little Love for the OG's

Young Oakland Journalist Shows a Little Love for the OG’s

by Thoai Lu on May 24 2011, 1:33PM

Take a look at Oakland-based journalist Pendarvis Hershaw’s innovative storytelling project that helps build intergenerational bridges.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Pedro Guzman Recounts 19 Harrowing Months in Detention

Pedro Guzman Recounts 19 Harrowing Months in Detention

by Thoai Lu on May 20 2011, 12:00PM

Elise Foley at the Huffington Post talked to Guzman devastating reality faced by thousands of immigrants.

Topics: Immigration

Lady Gaga Kicks Oprah Off Top Spot of Forbes' 'Most Powerful'

Lady Gaga Kicks Oprah Off Top Spot of Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful’

by Thoai Lu on May 19 2011, 2:17PM

Winfrey earned $290 million last year, but Lady Gaga’s star is rising.

Topics: Arts & Culture

O'Reilly Debates Stewart Over Common's White House Poetry

O’Reilly Debates Stewart Over Common’s White House Poetry

by Thoai Lu on May 18 2011, 3:00PM

Conservatives will stop at anything to chastise the president.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Who's Profiting More Than $5 Billion Off Of Immigrant Detentions?

Who’s Profiting More Than $5 Billion Off Of Immigrant Detentions?

by Thoai Lu on May 17 2011, 3:45PM

Advocacy group Cuentame says that the American Legislative Exchange Council is a key player.

Topics: Immigration

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project Shows that Love is Ageless

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project Shows that Love is Ageless

by Thoai Lu on May 17 2011, 3:34PM

The documentary will be a collaborative effort between filmmaker Tiona McClodden and Lisa C. Moore.

Topics: Celebrate Love

More Than a Third of Adults Are Illiterate in Many Cities. What Do We Do? Infographic

More Than a Third of Adults Are Illiterate in Many Cities. What Do We Do?

by Thoai Lu on May 17 2011, 10:34AM

A new study in Detroit, where 47 percent are illiterate, digs into solutions.

Topics: Economy

Arizona SWAT Team Shoots Latino Former Marine Dozens of Times

Arizona SWAT Team Shoots Latino Former Marine Dozens of Times

by Thoai Lu on May 17 2011, 4:11AM

Now, authorities won’t release information on what led to the raid on 26-year-old Jose Guerena’s Arizona home.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Black Juror to Court: Justice Impossible With Confederate Flag Flying

Black Juror to Court: Justice Impossible With Confederate Flag Flying

by Thoai Lu on May 9 2011, 2:25PM

A Louisiana man who refused to serve in a death penalty trial now challenges the conviction, too.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Spelman College Hosts Historic LGBT Summit

Spelman College Hosts Historic LGBT Summit

by Thoai Lu on May 6 2011, 1:37AM

The event marks an important milestone for the nation’s historically black colleges.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

19 Years After L.A.'s Uprising, What's Changed? Photo

19 Years After L.A.’s Uprising, What’s Changed?

by Thoai Lu, Hatty Lee on May 4 2011, 8:51AM

Black, brown and Asian communities are still searching for answers two decades after one of the nation’s deadliest urban uprisings.

Topics: History

San Francisco High School Teacher Inspires Many DREAMers

San Francisco High School Teacher Inspires Many DREAMers

by Thoai Lu on May 3 2011, 10:54AM

Kristina Rizga reports for Mother Jones on one teacher’s crusade to send undocumented students to college.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Arab Waiter Sues Hotel For Forcing Name Change After 9/11

Arab Waiter Sues Hotel For Forcing Name Change After 9/11

by Thoai Lu on May 2 2011, 4:12PM

Mohamed Kotbi says that he was required to wear a name tag that read “John” after the attacks.

Topics: National Security

Immigrant Mom Juana Villegas, Shackled During Labor, Wins Lawsuit

Immigrant Mom Juana Villegas, Shackled During Labor, Wins Lawsuit

by Thoai Lu on May 2 2011, 8:45AM

Physicians have said that shackling pregnant moms during labor puts women and babies in danger. But only a handful of states agree.

Topics: Immigration

California Schools Move Toward LGBT History Lessons

California Schools Move Toward LGBT History Lessons

by Thoai Lu on April 20 2011, 9:45AM

And if approved by state lawmakers, the effort could be a huge victory for racial justice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

Yo-Yo Ma Shows Love for Lil' Buck's Brand of Street Dance

Yo-Yo Ma Shows Love for Lil’ Buck’s Brand of Street Dance

by Thoai Lu on April 14 2011, 2:10PM

Two creative worlds collide in this moving performance.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Anh Ðào Kolbe's Loving Lens on Vietnamese Adoptees

Anh Ðào Kolbe’s Loving Lens on Vietnamese Adoptees

by Thoai Lu on April 13 2011, 6:44PM

She uses photos to transform her own feelings of being “misplaced” into something positive and affirming.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence--as a Man's Problem

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence—as a Man’s Problem

by Thoai Lu on April 13 2011, 1:30PM

The Filipino artist narrates in first person about being the abuser.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Chris Rock: White People Have Gotten Less Crazy

Chris Rock: White People Have Gotten Less Crazy

by Thoai Lu on April 13 2011, 12:10PM

The comedian offers his latest assessment of the country’s progress on racial equity. And it’s not a bad one.

Topics: Arts & Culture