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Praise to the Writer

November 21, 2014
By
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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Toni Cade Bambara’s Art of Bridging Praxis and Theory

November 20, 2014
By
Thabiti Lewis

Thabiti Lewis: Young feminists need to pay more attention to Bambara’s fiction and essays, which reveal a pioneering voice that betrothed answers to the range of issues consuming contemporary feminist struggles. Indeed, Bambara’s art is in the tradition of abolitionist Maria Stewart, who deftly negotiated Christianity, nationalism, and feminism. There is no question that...
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It’s Not the Salt; it’s the Sugar that Will Kill You

November 20, 2014
By
Kalamu ya Salaam
Photographer/copyright: Alex Lear

Kalamu ya Salaam: This Toni was never going to win major awards, never going to be enshrined in the academy. This Toni would look back on America and turn to salt before she would abandon her people.
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Toni’s Powerful Intervention: Artist Tom Feelings Talks with His Son

November 20, 2014
By
Kamili, Zamani, and Tom Feelings
Courtesy of Kamili Feelings

Kamili and Tom Feelings: As members of “progressive” communities, these kinds of interventions can be embarrassing. We flatter ourselves into thinking that “we’re all right” and it’s always the other person who has the problem. But Toni Cade Bambara, once wrote that revolution starts “with the self in the self.”
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Listen You Can Hear the Mothers Crying in the Universe: A Black Feminist Poet’s Requiem for Our Black Warrior Toni

November 19, 2014
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Cara Page: This is a tribute to the Black Feminist Warrior Toni Cade Bambara and her insightful vision to rename place, resiliency and spirit of Black folks after incidences of state violence against our black children and community. Her understanding of place/of spirit/of people outside of state interrogation and interruption was a critical witnessing,...
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The Weight in Being Well: The Salt Eaters and the Genius of Toni Cade Bambara

November 19, 2014
By
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Joel Diaz and Steven G. Fullwood: Toni Morrison once said of Bambara is that she writes black. To me, she meant black people, black bodies, black language, black culture, black history, black here, black there, black every damn where. African-derived. Ancestral.
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Are we ready to be well?

November 19, 2014
By
The Salt Eaters (new)

Cara Page: She asks us to be well/ to love ourselves and one another/ So that we are all safe and loved.
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Exposing the Invisible Betrayal: Removing the Gag from Our Mouths and Speaking of the Police Rapes of Black Women

November 19, 2014
By
Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis: Tell me what freedom fighter, what human rights defender has ever had to ask—can I stand up? With or without your permission I’m already standing, cage doors flying open, my sisters’ strong fingers already pointing out the dangers we face as we traffic in and out of our communities, communities which still...
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TCB Is What She Did and Was Who She Was

November 19, 2014
By
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It was at the National Conference of African American writers held on the campus of Howard University in 1974 that she read her short story “Gorilla, My Love.” I fell in love with her voice, its cadence capturing the sound of young people. It was like hearing Charlie Parker playing “Cherokee” for the first...
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Reflections on Toni Cade Bambara

November 19, 2014
By
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S. E. Anderson and Rosemari Mealy: Hearing Toni’s voice in her poetry presentations was both serious-determined with a jazzy lyrical flava. I strongly believe Sista Toni’s readings, writings and mentorship would have a great and direct influence on the younger upcoming poets, such as Jessica Care Moore, Tony Medina, Kevin Powell, Asha Bandele, and...
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  • 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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