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Changing the Letter: TFW Celebrates Toni Cade Bambara

November 17, 2014

And sister Toni’s influences are not merely theoretical. They are lived. The Feminist Wire prides itself in modeling the scholar/activist spirit of our feminist ancestors. “Writing is one of the ways that participate in transformation.” Our job is to not only “make revolution irresistible,” but to participate actively and wholeheartedly in our own...
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#FergusonFridays: If it wasn’t for the women…[i]

September 12, 2014

The reality is that the women and girls are the fabric of the community and hold all together. The women usually think and work for the whole, and daily confront death-dealing forces, internal and external, on behalf of the flourishing of the collective. As we know this radical politic isn’t televised or acknowledged, and...
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Posted in Activism, Black Girls, Black life matters, Black Women, Criminal Justice, Militarization, Politics, Racism, Sexism, sexual violence, Violence, White Privilege | 1 Comment »

It’s Bigger Than Jamal Bryant…

June 6, 2014
It’s Bigger Than Jamal Bryant…

We interrupt our summer break to bring you this article, in light of recent events within black religion and black popular culture. This is not breaking news. However, in view of the interview that I did on Huff Post Live yesterday, I thought an expansion of context was immediately necessary. Recently, in a sermon to his predominantly...
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Posted in Black Girls, Black Women, Bodies, Feminism, LGBTQI, masculinity, Patriarchy, Popular Culture, Racism, Religion, Sexism, Stereotypes | 4 Comments »

For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

February 16, 2014
For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

In “What is this “black” in black popular culture? (Rethinking Race),” the late, great cultural theorist Stuart Hall, poignantly asks, “What sort of moment is this?” I’ve wrestled with this question for at least a decade. Though Hall’s “moment” reflects a struggle over cultural hegemony – the need to make room in critical discourses...
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Posted in Black Women, Bodies, Criminal Justice, Feminism, masculinity, Politics, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Stereotypes, Television, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color, World, Youth | 8 Comments »

Unpacking the Idea of Segregated College Hostels

January 14, 2014

 By Leila Gautham Note: I am a final year undergraduate student at St Stephen’s College at Delhi University. I was involved in a student movement against sexual discrimination in college spaces. I have never written for a formal space before (though we wrote and published a great number of pamphlets within college). We have...
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Day of the Girl: Celebrating the Beauty that is J’dah Thibeaux

October 11, 2013

Twenty-two years ago I met a friend for life; one of the most sincere, supportive, and loving people you’ll ever meet.  Seven years later, my dear friend had a daughter.  Her name is J’dah Thibeaux.  And like her mother, she is amazing.  J’dah is by far one of the most intriguing fifteen year old tenth grade...
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Feminists We Love: Michele Wallace (Video)

June 21, 2013

Michele Wallace, Professor of English, Women’s Studies and Film Studies at the City College of New York and the City University of NY Graduate Center, Ph.D. in Cinema Studies, New York University is author of Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace (1991), Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005) andInvisibility...
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Feminists We Love: Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting (Video)

May 31, 2013

Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Humanities (AADS and French). She teaches comparative diasporic literary and cultural movements, 18th & 19th century French narratives, Black France, Black Europe, colonialism and empire, critical theory and race, feminist studies, Jazz Age Paris, film and black popular culture. She was Director of the W.T. Bandy...
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An Introduction to TFW's Forum on Assata Shakur: America's Grammar Book on Black Women and Terrorism

May 16, 2013

Assata Shakur has been given many names over the past four decades. Her political allies in the 1970s struggle for black liberation knew her as a comrade and freedom fighter. Ever since her escape from a New Jersey prison and exile in Cuba, she’s become an icon to many on the radical left. Some,...
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Feminists We Love: Brittney Cooper (Video)

May 10, 2013

Brittney C. Cooper is assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is a proud graduate of Howard University with her bachelors degrees in English and Political Science. Dr. Cooper is also co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a Hip Hop Generation feminist blogging crew that runs a...
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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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