Liberation Legacy: Fifteen Years of the Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Program and Conferences at Spelman College, 2000-2015

November 28, 2014
Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference
courtesy: ©Malika Redmond

M. Bahati Kuumba and Malika Redmond: The Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference happens in March during Women’s History Month on or near Bambara’s birthday. It is both a celebration of her audacious body of work on behalf of Black people and gives students the opportunity to set the conference agenda, take charge of...
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Bambara: What She Meant To Us/Me

November 27, 2014

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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The Seabirds Don’t Lie

November 26, 2014

Laura Whitehorn: Rubbish, really, and you showed me so later, narrating the tale of similar idiocies from liberals visiting a Black southern community, romanticizing what they saw and in so doing, insulting the intelligence and discounting the creativity of the community they were visiting. Be honest, you said, without exactly saying it, solidarity can’t...
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Posted in Activism, Black Women, History, Militarization, Military, Politics, Racism, Toni Cade Bambara, U.S., Violence, White Supremacy, Women of Color, World | 5 Comments »

Exposing the Invisible Betrayal: Removing the Gag from Our Mouths and Speaking of the Police Rapes of Black Women

November 19, 2014
Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis: Tell me what freedom fighter, what human rights defender has ever had to ask—can I stand up? With or without your permission I’m already standing, cage doors flying open, my sisters’ strong fingers already pointing out the dangers we face as we traffic in and out of our communities, communities which still...
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Posted in Activism, Black Girls, Black life matters, Black Women, Bodies, domestic violence, intersectionality, Politics, Racism, Sexism, sexual violence, Toni Cade Bambara, Violence, White Supremacy | 2 Comments »

The Authenticating Audience

November 18, 2014
Toni Cade Bambara at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
photograph: © Louis Massiah, June 1995

Louis Massiah: On the contrary, when art is understood as a mode of political work, with the explicit goal of communicating a needed counter-narrative or analysis to a disempowered people, the success of an art work is more appropriately determined by how the community of focus is affected by the message.
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Towards Freedom from Violence: Queer and Trans People of Color Activism in the U.S.

November 14, 2014
black lives matter

By Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez As a queer migrant who got asylum based on my sexuality, I often feel exiled from progressive environments in the United States. Rarely do I enter spaces where my multiple identities co-exist. Even more rare are progressive environments that celebrate what it means to be a queer migrant. LGBTQI activists of...
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Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Feminism, Immigration, intersectionality, LGBTQI, Politics, Racism, Sexism, U.S., Violence, White Supremacy, Youth | 1 Comment »

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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The Feminist Wire Celebrates Writer Toni Cade Bambara’s Life and Legacy In An Upcoming 75th Birthday Anniversary Forum

November 13, 2014
Toni Cade Bambara
©Susan J. Ross

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE www.thefeministwire.com Curators/Editors: Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D., and Aishah Shahidah Simmons     The Feminist Wire  (TFW) will host a ground breaking two-week online forum  ~ http://thefeministwire.com ~ in honor of TONI CADE BAMBARA (1939-1995), beginning on Monday, November 17, 2014. The forum is the first on-line celebration of Bambara, an award...
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TFW at the Upcoming National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference

November 11, 2014
NWSA 2014

Several members of The Feminist Wire will be in San Juan, PR for the National Women's Studies Association annual conference this November! Will you? If so, please consider adding our presentations to your personal schedule and checking us out! Additionally, if you're presenting, let us know in the comments, and we'll do our best...
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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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  • 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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