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Three Poems to End Domestic Violence

January 30, 2015
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By Stephanie Carter   under his control   sweet lullabies, he watches you dreaming. only so he can destroy them when you hit reality, as he nearly crushes your head to the Floor. please wake up befOre moRning comes, please sTay in contact with the sun, it’s the Only thing that knOws how to...
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Buff, Black, Tattooed, and Feminist: On the Utility of a Bro-Feminist

January 26, 2015
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By Marquis Bey A feminist friend of mine—a 4’10” queer white woman—jokingly mocks my “bro-ness,” that is to say, my proclivity to throw around weights in the gym; my love for hip-hop; my boilerplate outfit for almost every day of the week: DC sneakers, sweatpants, black tank top, and bandana; and my eleven tattoos....
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Men, Bodies, College Feminisms, Culture, Education, Feminism, Heteronormativity, masculinity, Men of Color, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Sports, Stereotypes, White Privilege, Whiteness, Work | 6 Comments »

Can the Side Chick Speak?: Side Chicks Re(Thot)

January 22, 2015
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By Samantha Crook Now that the “year of the side chick” has come to a close, let’s resolve to have a more “thotful” side chick discourse in 2015. On Urban Dictionary, “iamwifey” defines side chick as, “The other woman; also known as the mistress; a female that is neither a male’s wife or girlfriend...
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Posted in Activism, Black Men, Black Women, College Feminisms, Culture, Feminism, Heteronormativity, History, intersectionality, Music, New Media, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Stereotypes, White Supremacy, White Women, Whiteness, Work, Writing | 1 Comment »

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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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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Posted in Culture, Entertainment, Film, masculinity, media, Men of Color, Patriarchy, Personal is Political., Popular Culture, Racism, Sexism, Television, Whiteness | 5 Comments »

“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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Afterword: Toni Cade Bambara’s Living Legacy

November 29, 2014
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Heidi R. Lewis and Aishah Shahidah SImmons, NWSA 2014
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#BambaraOnTFW Sixty-nine essays, remembrances, love notes, poems, and videos and thirteen days later, my sister co-curator and co-editor, Heidi Renée Lewis and I are closing The Feminist Wire’s online celebration in honor of daughter, mother, sister, writer, organizer, filmmaker, activist, and cultural worker Toni Cade Bambara. Heidi and I started our Bambara journey together...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Audre Lorde, Black life matters, Black Women, Culture, Feminism, intersectionality, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Toni Cade Bambara, U.S., Women of Color | 9 Comments »

Feminists We Love: Linda Janet Holmes [VIDEO]

November 28, 2014
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Linda Janet Holmes is Toni Cade Bambara's first biographer and she is an incredible storyteller. During our interview, Linda shared so much about Toni's incredible life. Her reflections, stories and remembrances unearth some of the depth of Toni's foresight, radicalism, and profundity about a wide range of topics. Linda also shared her own...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Girls, Black life matters, Black Women, Culture, Education, Family, Feminism, Feminists We Love, Film, Health, Love, media, Patriarchy, Popular Culture, Racism, Reproduction, Sexism, Sexuality, Toni Cade Bambara, White Supremacy, Women of Color, Writing | 6 Comments »

Bambara: What She Meant To Us/Me

November 27, 2014
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There is brilliance and bravery written here, among the cultures of masculinity and “men run it.” There is a clear message here for the youthful years and innocent eyes of “I’ll make us a world” students. Toni Cade Bambara, in her critical, original and singular anthology The Black Woman (1970), opened the door for...
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My TCB Experience 1991-1995

November 25, 2014
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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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