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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.

Artist Rudy Guitierrez Creates for Love

Artist Rudy Guitierrez Creates for Love

by Thoai Lu on April 11 2011, 6:18PM

The Bronx-born artist is already a favorite among book publishers and record labels.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Love for William F. Wu's

Love for William F. Wu’s “Asian Images” Comic Collection

by Thoai Lu on April 8 2011, 5:15PM

Breaking stereotypes with comic books that show positive Asian American characters.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Turf Feinz's Dance for Oakland, Love and Life

Turf Feinz’s Dance for Oakland, Love and Life

by Thoai Lu on April 5 2011, 2:01PM

The Bay Area dance crew works hard to mold beauty and resilience by their own rhythm.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Utah Student Accused of Wearing KKK-Like Hood at School Rally

Utah Student Accused of Wearing KKK-Like Hood at School Rally

by Thoai Lu on April 5 2011, 10:28AM

Another race story gets spun as a case of individual choice rather than institutional accountability.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Michelle Alexander: More Black Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved in 1850

Michelle Alexander: More Black Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved in 1850

by Thoai Lu on March 30 2011, 10:00AM

Clearly, colorblindness hasn’t gotten us very far.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Today's Love: Watch Little Camilo Run for Justice

Today’s Love: Watch Little Camilo Run for Justice

by Thoai Lu on March 29 2011, 5:20PM

Oakland’s Marathon may be new, but it’s producing winners. Even tiny ones.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Daughter of Slaves Not Recognized as World's Oldest Woman

Daughter of Slaves Not Recognized as World’s Oldest Woman

by Thoai Lu on March 29 2011, 11:45AM

Rebecca Lanier is 119 years old but, like most black Americans of her time, was never issued a birth certificate.

Topics: History

Philly's Got Love for Students, Too

Philly’s Got Love for Students, Too

by Thoai Lu on March 28 2011, 1:10PM

The Campaign for Nonviolent Schools is resurrecting the past to build a stronger future.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Chicago Youth Mentors Tackle School Violence

Chicago Youth Mentors Tackle School Violence

by Thoai Lu on March 28 2011, 12:18PM

Community leaders are working hard to avoid another bloody summer for the city’s youngest and most vulnerable residents.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Birthday Boogie Love for Chaka Khan's Every Woman

Birthday Boogie Love for Chaka Khan’s Every Woman

by Thoai Lu, Jamilah King on March 23 2011, 6:08PM

The singer turns 58 today.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Russell Pearce: 'You Are Not a Citizen of the United States'

Russell Pearce: ‘You Are Not a Citizen of the United States’

by Thoai Lu on March 23 2011, 1:34PM

The self-proclaimed ‘John Wayne of the Legislature’ takes to tentherism to usurp the federal government’s power.

Topics: Immigration

Why Discussing Black Male Feminism is Necessary

Why Discussing Black Male Feminism is Necessary

by Thoai Lu on March 23 2011, 10:11AM

Two important essays by black men on their path toward feminism give pause to the Web.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Aristide Returns to Haiti, Along With U.S. Deportees

Aristide Returns to Haiti, Along With U.S. Deportees

by Thoai Lu on March 22 2011, 4:50PM

The country limps toward recovery, while presidential election drama swirls in the air.

Topics: Global Affairs

GOP Candidate Jack Davis: Ship Jobless Black Youth to Rural Farms

GOP Candidate Jack Davis: Ship Jobless Black Youth to Rural Farms

by Thoai Lu on March 22 2011, 10:23AM

Taking a cue from GOP leadership, Jack Davis wants to exploit black-brown tensions.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

Should the FDA Ban Menthol Cigarettes? Infographic

Should the FDA Ban Menthol Cigarettes?

by Thoai Lu on March 22 2011, 10:00AM

Tobacco companies are up in arms. But health advocates say it’s long overdue, especially for black smokers.

Topics: Health

Drug Arrest of Infographic

Drug Arrest of “The Wire” Actor Is a Reminder of Prison Churning

by Thoai Lu on March 21 2011, 11:32AM

Felicia Pearson is hardly unique as a formerly incarcerated African American who lands back in jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NAACP Apologizes to Black Publishers for Image Awards Ad Snub

NAACP Apologizes to Black Publishers for Image Awards Ad Snub

by Thoai Lu on March 16 2011, 1:30PM

President Ben Jealous says a contractor ignored explicit orders to buy space from black papers.

Topics: Media

Herman Cain Wants To Lead After

Herman Cain Wants To Lead After “This First Black President Thing”

by Thoai Lu on March 15 2011, 1:28PM

So who is this guy? The latest GOP primary sideshow.

Topics: Politics

NEA Study Says Fewer Blacks and Latinos in Arts Classes and Events

NEA Study Says Fewer Blacks and Latinos in Arts Classes and Events

by Thoai Lu on March 14 2011, 5:16PM

Of course, they’re not counting the sort of underground art many communities of color support.

Topics: Arts & Culture

New York Street Art Mecca Set For Demolition

New York Street Art Mecca Set For Demolition

by Thoai Lu on March 14 2011, 11:20AM

The legendary Five Pointz is about to become residential towers and shops.

Topics: Arts & Culture