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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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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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Stroller (A Screenplay)

November 24, 2014
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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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In ‘My Solitude’ with Toni Cade Bambara

November 21, 2014
By
Pamela A. Hooks

Pamela Hooks: She opened my world, opened my eyes. I saw the political and poetry in everything now. Together, Toni and Njeri would break down everything with a fine tooth comb—from the politics of government cheese to the best places to find vegetarian food or chicken wings and then stuck the bush comb...
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Mother of the Movement: Remembering Bambara and the “African Bones in the Briny Deep”

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

Chadra Pittman Walke: 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...
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Posted in Black Men, Black Women, Culture, Family, History, Racism, Toni Cade Bambara, Violence, White Supremacy, World, Writing | 5 Comments »

Don’t Get Caught Sleeping: Male Desire of Unconscious Women

November 11, 2014
By
Conner

We all argued and it was mostly about their insistence that I had called my godbrother a rapist. They made the most compelling arguments about false rape accusations, which I don’t deny exist. And I responded, just as strongly, that that was not what had occurred this night. I had not falsely accused him...
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Facebook and Apple Want Your Unborn! Or, Why Corporations Should Keep Their Hands Off Employees’ Ovaries

November 10, 2014
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Photo courtesy of viralinn.com

By Sayantani DasGupta We all knew the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision earlier this year, which ruled that corporations with religious owners cannot be made to pay for insurance coverage of contraception, was only the tip of the iceberg. I for one imagined (only a bit facetiously) that Walmart, Chick-Fil-A, and other conservatively-owned businesses...
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Silent No More

November 4, 2014
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By Katie Wayhart   SILENT NO MORE   Spent more time with mommy than the other girls at school. Tall, blonde, “mature for her age” little girl. Older cousin says, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” A seemingly innocent “game” turns into something more.   Years go by.  Are her memories...
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Fiction Feature: “Artist Statement” (A Short Story)

October 29, 2014
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by Christine Stoddard   I pluck my hair from the root because my scalp can make the sacrifice. Because I want to create from my own body. Because my children are hungry. Open the studio. There is no paint in the house. Open the fridge. There is no milk in the house. Open the...
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Black on Purpose: Race, Inheritance and Queer Reproduction

October 10, 2014
By
Savannah Shange with her partner Kenshata 
and their child Harriet
Source: courtesy of the author

By Savannah Shange On the morning of my insemination, I stood chilly in a paper exam gown rechecking the sperm donor number on the side of the vial.  My partner frantically searched the order email on her phone before we signed, confirming that 7657 was indeed correct.  Since the bank we used had only...
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  • 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.

  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Kate Rushin: I see the whole thing played out. I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped. My story is reduced to filler buried in the back of the paper, on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

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