28 Nov 2014
Poet extraordinaire Sonia Sanchez said that Toni Cade Bambara was “a visionary.” Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison called Toni Cade Bambara, “a writer’s writer.” Toni was most definitely all of that and more. Linda Janet Holmes is Toni’s first biographer and she is an incredible storyteller. During our interview, Linda shared so much about Toni’s incredible life. Her reflections, stories and remembrances unearth some of the depth of Toni’s foresight, radicalism, and profundity about a wide range of topics. Linda also shared her own herstory about how she became the radical, bohemian, Black feminist writer, mother, women’s health advocate, cultural worker, and grandmother that she is today. Linda’s interview will underscore why both she and Toni Cade Bambara are feminists The Feminist Wire loves.
28 Nov 2014
Imani Uzuri: I spent many stolen hours crying in a quiet gazebo meditating on the wide sky and trying to understand who I was becoming, trying to understand how I was changing. The questions cascaded over me, Who are you? Do you want to be whole? Are you willing to be broken apart, separated from old narratives of who the world says you are and who you think you are? I sat in that gazebo feeling afraid, isolated and scared, looking out over the woods with all of these thoughts swirling in my spirit.
28 Nov 2014
Rita Dove: So my first meeting with Toni occurred under the glare of bright lights; and though I don’t recall what words were exchanged—the welcoming applause drowned out all dialogue, anyway—what I do remember, as I found myself immediately enveloped in her warm embrace, is thinking: “Yes, I am home, truly home.”
14 Nov 2014
By Cinnamon Williams What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 1:9 There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. -Audre Lorde Thursday, July 10, 5:01 p.m. […]
4 Nov 2014
By Katie Wayhart SILENT NO MORE Spent more time with mommy than the other girls at school. Tall, blonde, “mature for her age” little girl. Older cousin says, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” A seemingly innocent “game” turns into something more. Years go […]
30 Oct 2014
By Grace Corn In today’s world, the very word “feminism” can stir up polarized reactions. As a feminist myself, I find it difficult to understand how feminism, in Pat Robertson’s words, “encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Nevertheless, this interpretation […]
27 Nov 2014
Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.
26 Nov 2014
They say you had the eye; they say you saw
into people. They say you came before as shaman
or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
feeling for a lonely brother with no language
to lament, and you gave me more days, and
more days. Yes, they could have called you
Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.
24 Nov 2014
Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.
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