Toni’s Powerful Intervention: Artist Tom Feelings Talks with His Son

November 20, 2014
Kamili, Zamani, and Tom Feelings
Courtesy of Kamili Feelings

As members of “progressive” communities, these kinds of interventions can be embarrassing. We flatter ourselves into thinking that “we’re all right” and it’s always the other person who has the problem. But Toni Cade Bambara, once wrote that revolution starts “with the self in the self.” For that reason, I was not surprised to...
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Listen You Can Hear the Mothers Crying in the Universe: A Black Feminist Poet’s Requiem for Our Black Warrior Toni

November 19, 2014
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This is a tribute to the Black Feminist Warrior Toni Cade Bambara and her insightful vision to rename place, resiliency and spirit of Black folks after incidences of state violence against our black children and community. Her understanding of place/of spirit/of people outside of state interrogation and interruption was a critical witnessing, contributing to...
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The Weight in Being Well: The Salt Eaters and the Genius of Toni Cade Bambara

November 19, 2014
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Toni Morrison once said of Bambara is that she writes black. To me, she meant black people, black bodies, black language, black culture, black history, black here, black there, black every damn where. African-derived. Ancestral. This centering is one of the hallmarks of her Bambara’s work meaning that she gives black people the space...
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The Good Death of Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
Clyde Taylor & Toni Cade Bambara
Hatch-Billops Collection 1994
copyright Michael Simmons

Watching the Sisters lead this hip-rumbling, drum-based ritual I wondered, “Say hello to the Sisters of the Good Death for me.” But how to say hello to them from Bambara, even if I had decent Portuguese? I wondered again at Painted Bride, as I talked about this puzzling moment. I was fumbling with the...
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Photographs of Toni Cade Bambara & Friends

November 17, 2014
"Sistren: Black Women Writers at the Inauguration of Sister President Johnnetta B. Cole" which I took in 1988. 
Top Row: Louise Meriwether, Pinkie Gordon Lane, Johnnetta Cole and Paula Giddings. Middle Row: Pearl Cleage, Gwendolyn Brooks and Toni Cade Bambara. Bottom Row: Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni and Mari Evans
photo credit: Susan J. Ross. ©1988

Photo griot Susan J. Ross shares photographs of Toni Cade Bambara and her friends during this forum celebration.
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Mother of the Movement: Remembering Bambara and the “African Bones in the Briny Deep”

November 17, 2014
Toni Cade Bambara
©Susan J. Ross

I began what would become my life’s work with ancestors eighteen years ago at the NYABG. I witnessed daily the profound connection which the descendant community had with these ancestors. They would visit the site, pray, pour libations, sit quietly alone or visit with the graves with others. The New York community claimed these...
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A Litany for Jada and Janay: In the Spirit of the Lorde

November 14, 2014
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By Cinnamon Williams   What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 1:9   There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. -Audre Lorde   Thursday, July 10, 5:01 p.m. The lioness sums up...
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The Signs and Boxes Tell Us So: On Sex Classification Policies

November 13, 2014

By Heath Fogg Davis Sex-classification policies that bureaucratically and physically sort us into the binary categories of male or female may seem necessary and benign.  But I challenge this deeply rooted social and legal custom in my research by showing that legitimate policy goals such as fraud prevention, safety, security, privacy, and even fair...
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How Useful is a Feminist Approach to History for Historians?

October 30, 2014

By Grace Corn In today’s world, the very word “feminism” can stir up polarized reactions. As a feminist myself, I find it difficult to understand how feminism, in Pat Robertson’s words, “encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Nevertheless, this interpretation prevails throughout history, especially...
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The Avenging Woman Onscreen: Man’s Best Friend?

October 27, 2014
Avenging Woman Onscreen

By Lara C. Stache As most graduates of introductory film class learn, film is not only a source of entertainment but also reflects the society in which we live. One example of this is the Bechdel Test, which received renewed interest last year when Sweden used it as a requirement to rate films. The...
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  • A State of Rage (for Toni Cade Bambara) "A State of Rage" -Jacquelin Thompson, Lois Moses, Bridget Jones
Photographer: Wadia L. Gardiner
Courtesy: AfroLez® Productions

    I am tired of the silences that have been imposed on us. Shhhhh. Black women and girls.
    I am tired of the silences that we, Black women, have imposed on ourselves and on our daughters.

  • a spell to save your life "Exhale" collage ©Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Photograph of Toni Cade Bambara ©Susan Ross

    eat salt
    not that ocean drowning
    snack to stop thinking about dying
    unintentional salt

  • Are we ready to be well? The Salt Eaters (new)

    She asks us to be well

    to love ourselves and one another

    So that we are all safe and loved

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