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Image Weavers: In Honor of the Spirit of Toni Cade Bambara

November 24, 2014
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ImageWeavers' Twentieth Anniversary Reunion, 
October 25, 2014
L-R Mee Lin Yuk, Roxana Walker Canton, Anula Shetty, Tina Morton, Stephanie Yarbrough, Miyoshi Smith, Nikki Harmon, Asake Denise Jones, Yvonne Marie Jones, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, NaOme Richardson
Photograph: ©Roxana Walker-Canton

NaOme Richardson: Consequently TCB opened the door of learning how to express oneself through words and images for several of the women who became Image Weavers. Their entrance into her world of expressing through images and words, encouragement and sharing was duly rewarded.
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Permission

November 24, 2014
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Tina Morton and Toni Cade Bambara
photo credit: Carlton Jones

Tina Morton: So fast-forward 20 years later. I quit my job as an x-ray tech, went to graduate school for film, and am now an Associate Professor at Howard University. Because Toni Cade Bambara gave me permission to be what I could not even imagine myself to be…a filmmaker. I love you, Toni, I...
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Becoming…

November 24, 2014
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Nikki Harmon

Nikki Harmon: When all my dreams were up for grabs, when youth and energy and the righteousness of self-expression defined my existence. When art was activism and activism was art and we created ourselves right into existence.
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No Doubt: Your Mission, if You Choose to Accept it, is to Make Revolution Irresistible

November 24, 2014
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NP Photo

Nadine Patterson: Her knowledge was all-encompassing. And then she would break it down. To paraphrase her: “Everyone in Western culture dreams in five parts. There are other ways of telling stories, but this is how we dream. Use it. Record your dreams from the last image before you wake up and trace your dream...
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Stroller (A Screenplay)

November 24, 2014
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Black families and community

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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Fondness for Toni Cade Bambara

November 24, 2014
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Toni Cade Bambara
©Susan J. Ross

Miyoshi Smith: When Toni Cade moved to Philadelphia, I would see her out, at socials…and gosh, she was just a very remarkable person: smart, witty, pretty, gifted in living and writing. Her work represents, I think, her love for humanity and what she felt and believed.
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Black Blessings: Toni Cade Bambara and Octavia E. Butler

November 23, 2014
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Ayana A. H. Jamieson

Ayana A. H. Jamieson: I never had a chance to meet these two women in person, but they exist in the imaginal spaces created by their words. I read their letters as long distance conversations simultaneously situated in and transcending both time and place. Like the grandmothers, mothers, aunties, and other-mothers in our individual...
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Unleashing the Power of the Soul: Spirit and Spirituality through Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters and John Bolling’s The Spirit of the Soul (Part II)

November 23, 2014
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The Salt Eaters (new)

Dr. Janice Liddell: This is the power that Bambara reclaims for women and this power is the “force” of the novel. Minnie, as healer, in fact, is not unlike Jesus who upon encountering the infirmed man in Jerusalem queries him, “Do you want to be made whole?” (John 5:6). Minnie, obviously Africentric with her”...
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Unleashing the Power of the Soul: Spirit and Spirituality through Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters and John Bolling’s The Spirit of the Soul (Part I)

November 22, 2014
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Dr. Janice Liddell

Dr. Janice Liddell: However, in order for peoples of African descent and people of other “soul centered” cultures (Asian, Indians, Aborigines, etc.) to achieve balance and wholeness at the levels of the personal and the community, they must recognize the existence and understand the nature of these two “planes of reality.” Then, even more...
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Resembling a Revolutionary: My Sister Toni

November 21, 2014
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Photo Credit: John Pinderhughes

Malaika Adero: She read people; she read me. Stopped by my little house in Southwest Atlanta in the mid-80s and said, “You need to go to New York.” She came with a typed list that she wrote notes on for me as we talked. Check out the Clark Center for dance, Cheryll Green and...
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    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.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    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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    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.”

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