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Can’t/ Don’t/Stop

September 4, 2013
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Can’t/Don’t/Stop:  Black Dance in America for Bert Williams, Aida  “Queen of the Cakewalk” Overton Walker and George Walker   you don’t see the stretch you see the strut you see the lean but you don’t see the muscle strength stole from bending backwards one foot off the street you don’t see the roots the...
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l-o-v-e by t’ai freedom ford

September 4, 2013
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feminism and radical love

By t’ai freedom ford even with its selfish, gaping mouth always hungering for anything that throbs. even with its greedy hands  that rob the day of light. even as it feeds on dust and flux and flails itself into a dizzying orbit. even if i am but a speck in its memory—invisible. insignificant. in...
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Aperture by Stacey Balkun

September 4, 2013
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

By Stacey Balkun Love note for Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, 1900-1979, English-American astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, discovered the composition of stars. The Harvard moths were confused by you, sweet visitor working so late, Cecilia, a galaxy of a girl who stretched her arms overhead and twirled in a loose black dress, always looking up,...
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Takiyah Nur Amin on Love as a Radical Act

September 4, 2013
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ethics of care

By Takiyah Nur Amin How might love be re-imagined as a radical praxis that can bring about social transformation? Those of us committed to social transformation — a change intended to bring about a more just and ethical world – would do well to re-imagine love in the manner this question suggests. This is...
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Jamie Utt on Love as a Radical Act

September 4, 2013
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commitment to social change

By Jamie Utt Everything in our popular lore and culture teaches us that love is a feeling, a whimsical but ephemeral emotion that’s all-consuming for a time. When we realize, though, that love is an act of will, a call to extend ourselves and sacrifice for our own well being and the well-being of...
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On Refusal, Privilege, and the Calcifying of the Soul

September 4, 2013
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ethic of love

By Jason Craige Harris I am Other. When I come knocking at the door of your soul, you may refuse me, but not without consequence. When I come with arms outstretched, you may turn me away, but not without self-injury. You may, through negligence, fear, and hatred, misrecognize me as an enemy, but not...
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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
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    Kate Rushin: I see the whole thing played out. I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped. My story is reduced to filler buried in the back of the paper, on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
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    M. Nzadi Keita: what you remember/ starts with a smile/ a raw edge/ a single snip/ from the someone dead

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Alice Lovelace: Toni Cade made an art of living/ Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved/ Toni listened and we were validated/ She is the breast that fed our union/ Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment.

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