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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
photograph: Tracy Fisher

#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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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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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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No Doubt: Your Mission, if You Choose to Accept it, is to Make Revolution Irresistible

November 24, 2014
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Nadine Patterson: Her knowledge was all-encompassing. And then she would break it down. To paraphrase her: “Everyone in Western culture dreams in five parts. There are other ways of telling stories, but this is how we dream. Use it. Record your dreams from the last image before you wake up and trace your dream...
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Resembling a Revolutionary: My Sister Toni

November 21, 2014
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Malaika Adero: She read people; she read me. Stopped by my little house in Southwest Atlanta in the mid-80s and said, “You need to go to New York.” She came with a typed list that she wrote notes on for me as we talked. Check out the Clark Center for dance, Cheryll Green and...
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Toni’s Powerful Intervention: Artist Tom Feelings Talks with His Son

November 20, 2014
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Kamili and Tom 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.”
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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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Cara Page: 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,...
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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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Joel Diaz and Steven G. Fullwood: 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.
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The Good Death of Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
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Clyde Taylor: 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.
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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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