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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.

At Least Some Find Reason to Celebrate in Haiti

At Least Some Find Reason to Celebrate in Haiti

by Thoai Lu on March 11 2011, 3:37PM

Country holds first Carnival festival since last year’s deadly quake.

Topics: Global Affairs

Love for Japan's Tsunami Victims

Love for Japan’s Tsunami Victims

by Thoai Lu on March 11 2011, 2:59PM

It’s bound to be a long road to recovery for millions of the country’s victims.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Michelle Obama: Fashion Icon, Feminist, or Both?

Michelle Obama: Fashion Icon, Feminist, or Both?

by Thoai Lu on March 11 2011, 2:39PM

Clutch Magazine’s Jamilah Lemeiux writes that white feminists have still been slow to have the first lady’s back.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Student Humiliated by Mock Slave Auction at Ohio School

Student Humiliated by Mock Slave Auction at Ohio School

by Thoai Lu on March 11 2011, 11:25AM

Ten-year-old student Nikko Burton was punished by his teacher for refusing to participate.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Glenn Beck's Gloomy Ideas Are Bad for Business

Glenn Beck’s Gloomy Ideas Are Bad for Business

by Thoai Lu on March 10 2011, 9:52AM

Even conservatives are put off by the talk show host’s apocalyptic theories.

Topics: Glenn Beck, Media

Activists Still Push to Close California's Youth Prisons

Activists Still Push to Close California’s Youth Prisons

by Thoai Lu on March 8 2011, 10:00AM

Gov. Jerry Brown has a revised plan to reform the state’s youth prisons. But will it go anywhere?

Topics: Schools & Youth

Artist Glenn Ligon Talks History, 'Outsiderness'

Artist Glenn Ligon Talks History, ‘Outsiderness’

by Thoai Lu on March 8 2011, 9:15AM

The artist talks to The Root about the struggles of his past and his visions for the future.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Remembering Wally Yonamine, the 'Nisei Jackie Robinson'

Remembering Wally Yonamine, the ‘Nisei Jackie Robinson’

by Thoai Lu on March 7 2011, 10:03AM

The multi-sport athlete broke barriers, and records, on two continents.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Texas Rep: No Undocumented Workers! (Except Gardeners)

Texas Rep: No Undocumented Workers! (Except Gardeners)

by Thoai Lu on March 4 2011, 9:36AM

At least Republican lawmakers aren’t trying to hide their own self-interests.

Topics: Immigration

UCSD Battles Another Racist Campus Incident

UCSD Battles Another Racist Campus Incident

by Thoai Lu on March 2 2011, 10:13AM

Students push for changes in curriculum while the administration remains silent.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Laurence Fishburne Plays Thurgood Marshall in New One-Man Show

Laurence Fishburne Plays Thurgood Marshall in New One-Man Show

by Thoai Lu on March 2 2011, 10:00AM

The Tony Award-winning actor introduces the trailblazing civil rights hero to a new generation of viewers.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Black Family Maid Sues White Author in Book Dispute

Black Family Maid Sues White Author in Book Dispute

by Thoai Lu on February 28 2011, 3:18PM

Ablene Cooper says best-selling author Kathryn Stockett’s fiction looks a little too familiar.

Topics: Arts & Culture

ICE Pays Army Veteran $400,000 for Mistaken Detainment

ICE Pays Army Veteran $400,000 for Mistaken Detainment

by Thoai Lu on February 28 2011, 1:57PM

As the feds scale up enforcement, stories like these could become all too familiar.

Topics: Immigration

Antoine Dodson Meme Shows Up in Wisconsin Protests

Antoine Dodson Meme Shows Up in Wisconsin Protests

by Thoai Lu on February 25 2011, 2:52PM

He’s back! And this time it’s in the name of worker’s rights.

Topics: Media

Singer Marsha Ambrosius Continues to Inspire

Singer Marsha Ambrosius Continues to Inspire

by Thoai Lu on February 25 2011, 10:10AM

One fan tells the singer that her powerful music video hits a little too close to home.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Professor Retires After Comparing Black Students to Slaves

Professor Retires After Comparing Black Students to Slaves

by Thoai Lu on February 25 2011, 10:06AM

But Murray State’s Mark Wattier says he was misunderstood.

Topics: Schools & Youth

NCAA's First Openly Trans Player Kye Allums Gets Benched, Says Mom

NCAA’s First Openly Trans Player Kye Allums Gets Benched, Says Mom

by Thoai Lu on February 24 2011, 11:00AM

His mother says that the university hasn’t allowed her son to play, or reach out to other trans athletes.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Remembering Huey P. Newton's Love for Freedom

Remembering Huey P. Newton’s Love for Freedom

by Thoai Lu on February 17 2011, 1:09PM

The co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would’ve turned 69 today.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Hisaye Yamamoto, and Japanese Internment During WWII

Hisaye Yamamoto, and Japanese Internment During WWII

by Thoai Lu on February 17 2011, 11:45AM

February 19 marks the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order to imprison thousands of Japanese Americans.

Topics: Politics

Questlove Gives Props to Fela Kuti

Questlove Gives Props to Fela Kuti

by Thoai Lu on February 17 2011, 11:15AM

The popular drummer is set to curate a special series of Fela Kuti’s music.

Topics: Arts & Culture