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A Letter to Toni

November 26, 2014
By
Cleage

Pearl Cleage: I remember us welcoming our own daughters into our undeniably bohemian lives and wanting them to grow up strong and free. We wanted that for them. And we got it. You would be so proud of Karma for being everything she is. When we see her, we smile at you in her....
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Toni Cade Bambara: A Woman of and for the People

November 26, 2014
By
Michael Simmons
Budapest, Hungary, 2014
photograph: ©Mindenki Joga

Michael Simmons: What struck me about Toni during this time was that she was continually engaged in forming organizations that allowed African American artists to develop and share their talent with the community. In doing this, Toni explicitly and implicitly redefined what it meant to be an artist.
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Toni Cade Bambara Remembered

November 26, 2014
By
Donald P. Stone
photograph: © AfroLez® Productions

Donald P. Stone: In the mid-seventies, Toni moved South to Atlanta, which at that time had a very active political and cultural community. Some of the questions this vibrant community confronted were how to make our art relevant to the masses of people and how to make it serve the ends we were fighting...
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Hunger

November 26, 2014
By
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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...
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For Toni and the Sisterhood, with Love…

November 25, 2014
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Denise M. Brown: Her life a stunning example of her belief that “a writer, like any other cultural worker, like any other member of the community, ought to try to put their skills in the service of the community.” She taught me about the nature of leadership and community in the way she lived,...
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My TCB Experience 1991-1995

November 25, 2014
By
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Amadee Braxton: Toni could couch the most subversive or controversial notion into a most matter-of-fact sentence. Like when she told me that “Tragedy” was an overrated western construct and that, as Black people, she didn’t feel we had time for it. That’s why her stories focus on struggle, resilience, getting organized to do what...
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The Art of Getting to the Point

November 25, 2014
By
Brown

Wesley Brown: A woman asked the honorees why black writers weren’t giving their readers more positive stories about black life. Toni responded immediately, saying, “I’ve seen you before at literary events, like this one. And you always ask the same question. If there are stories that you want to see written, maybe that’s...
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The Telling of Stories

November 25, 2014
By
Bia Vieira

Bia Vieira: When Toni comes into my life, when she invites me to understand my story as a way to find strength and value within myself, I am surprised by her attention. I am also very flattered. Her interest makes me wonder what she is seeing. I saw my secrets and shame, but was...
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A Meditation on Toni Cade Bambara

November 25, 2014
By
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Sande Smith: To be in the company of your fierce and loving inquiry. Your influence didn’t stop there, though. When I was planning how to write the text for a photo book about Martin Luther King, Jr., you asked, “Hey, what about the pie women, the women who made pies on Sunday at church,...
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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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  • Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara Sanchez

    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.

  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    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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