Ganesh and Kali: Seeing Myself in a Feminist Artist’s Goddess of Destruction

May 14, 2015
Chitra Ganesh

By Chaya Babu The other day, I furiously penned a blog post after two simultaneous attacks that I am not the right kind of woman. I had been on the phone with a well-meaning cousin who suggested that my ongoing heartache over the death of my best friend, his little sister, was preventing me from...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: EXTENSION for Forum Submissions on Campus Violence, Resistance, and Strategies for Survival

April 17, 2015

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! EXTENSION FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 1, 2015 Thank you to everyone who has submitted to the College Feminisms Forum!  Each of these pieces provide important insight into the discussion and we are grateful for your courage to share your work with us.  We have received a number of requests for an extension...
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Prose Poem: Containment Narrative

March 25, 2015
Prose Poem: Containment Narrative

By Clare Louise Harmon     I dressed blackunderwearredbra I worried that the strap would be seen & then I remembered I didn’t careatall fucktheorchestra and its fuckingdresscode skinnyjeansblackboots and crammed concertblack balledup I walked to the hall wrinkledclothes writhedatthethought of performance unpacked the viola to violentclouds of rosindust slippedpegs & then I remembered...
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Reclaiming the Narrative: On #SurvivorLoveLetter, Community, and Radical Healing

March 16, 2015

By Michelle Denise Jackson On Valentine’s Day 2009, I had sex for the very first time. It was my sophomore year of college, and I had fallen in love with an older guy who worked in the same grocery store I did. Even though he and I weren’t in a committed relationship, I loved...
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REVIEW: All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color

March 11, 2015

    At the Boundaries of Belief Review of All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, ed. Jina Ortiz and Rochelle Spencer Review by Sarah Mantilla Griffin   In her 1993 Nobel Lecture in Literature, Toni Morrison entreated: “Make up a story…tell us what the world has been to you in the dark...
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Clap Back: Why I’m Here for Amber Rose and Black Women’s Sexual Agency

February 26, 2015
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By Ashleigh Shackelford After hearing Kanye West’s comments in his interview on “The Breakfast Club,” where he spoke on his prior relationship with Amber Rose, I decided that I can no longer defend or support Black men who degrade Black women to uplift non-Black women. Kanye West has proven to be a problematic fave for most...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Are Racial Preferences Racist?

February 13, 2015
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By Denio Lourenco Jr. Everyone has had a time in their life when they have been rejected or turned down by someone they were interested it, even the most “beautiful” of people. These encounters are either dismissed by a simple phrase: “Sorry, I’m not interested.” Or the more common: “You’re just not my type.”...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: 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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Afterword: Toni Cade Bambara’s Living Legacy

November 29, 2014
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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Feminists We Love: Linda Janet Holmes [VIDEO]

November 28, 2014
Linda Janet Holmes

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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