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Two Poems by Ruth Corkill

January 8, 2015
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By Ruth Corkill   I Never Called You Lolita   She’s a real glamour puss hmm. She doesn’t Just doodle around she actually Calls herself an artist, the sort of thing That makes my teeth curl, watch your diction here Humbert, you will have to fend her off saying: You looked so lovely in...
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3 Poems by Emily Carr

January 7, 2015
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yolk (v.) he’s gonna havta reach inside you. he’s gonna do it. you asked him to. he’s gonna tell you how old it is. he’s gonna decide when old is too. then you’re gonna wait. you’re gonna stand against the wall, in your paper gown. you’re gonna wait in line. wait for him to...
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Unhandsome: Race & Gender, a Chocolate Man’s POV

January 6, 2015
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My complexion earned me unflattering monikers including, but certainly not limited to, Blackie, Spot, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Tar Baby. I was also the butt of tasteless snaps such as "you so black if you went to night school, they would mark you absent" or "you so black you could go to...
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“What White Publishers Won’t Print:” Systemic Racism in (Institutionalized) Knowledge Production

January 5, 2015
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By Mali D. Collins In 2013, I began an internship with an academic publishing press. It seemed to be the perfect combination of my dream job: higher education and publishing. I was a young writer, my early love of children’s books had waned, and I no longer looked to fulfill my pre-teen dream of...
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Love Note to Toni

November 28, 2014
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Beverly Guy-Sheftall: So, five years after you joined the ancestors, the Women’s Center calls your name and honors your work. We celebrate with your friends, comrades, students, community organizers, professors, filmmakers, writers, agitators, and your daughter, Karma Bene Bambara Smith, and her growing family. We are deeply indebted to Karma for the precious gift...
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Toni Cade Bambara: ‘…an uptown Griot’

November 28, 2014
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Cheryl Clarke: The Black Woman: An Anthology from 1970, which Toni edited...is still one of the books I live by. Really, until Barbara Smith and Lorraine Bethel edited Conditions: Five, the Black Women's Issue in 1979, The Black Woman and Gerda Lerner's Black Women in White America were really the only two works that...
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Liberation Legacy: Fifteen Years of the Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Program and Conferences at Spelman College, 2000-2015

November 28, 2014
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M. Bahati Kuumba and Malika Redmond: The Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference happens in March during Women’s History Month on or near Bambara’s birthday. It is both a celebration of her audacious body of work on behalf of Black people and gives students the opportunity to set the conference agenda, take charge of...
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How Toni Cade Bambara Saved Me

November 28, 2014
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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...
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Wholeness, Homeness: A Love Note to Toni

November 28, 2014
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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.”
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Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara

November 27, 2014
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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...
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