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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
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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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Hello vs. Holla? A Letter to the Hollaback Folks

November 4, 2014
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By Rebecca Wanzo   Like every woman I know, I’ve been in public places and experienced harassment from male strangers. I remember being in high school and going to a haunted house with girlfriends, and while standing in line, a drunken man in a group asked if he could “touch my titties.” Repeatedly. Perhaps...
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On The Parliament Hill Shooting, Canadian Moral Panic, and Lack of Tenderness

October 30, 2014
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By Dorothy Attakora For those residing in the downtown core of Ottawa like myself, the fear has not yet subsided. By now many worldwide have heard about the October 22 shootings on Parliament Hill in Canada. I have witnessed the collective fear and uncertainty slowly evolve into moral panic. More specifically, I speak of...
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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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Music Feature: Las Krudas Cubensi – “Mi Cuerpo es Mio” [VIDEO]

October 29, 2014
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  Las Krudas Cubensi are Cuban Hip Hop MCs, independent musicians, poets, and theater performers representing womyn, immigrants, queer people and people of color through action as a central part of world change. They choose art as a weapon to fight against oppression, for justice,  balance, and our rights to celebrate life. Kruda in Cuba means raw, unprocessed, unrefined, natural, real, deep....
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TFW’s Heather Laine Talley Releases Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance

October 16, 2014
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  Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance By Heather Laine Talley In the twenty-first century, appearance matters seemingly more than ever before. At the same time that “looking good” drives cosmetic surgery consumption, the threat of looking different inspires biomedical interventions too. Saving Face explores a wide-range of surgical interventions—from reconstructive surgery on...
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Poem Suite: Shards

October 15, 2014
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In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore fracturing, fragmentation and “shards” from feminist perspectives. . Making Mosaics By Leah Ware Gluing the pieces together, One by one, the mirrors go down Along the lines traced boldly...
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Poem Suite: Monsters

October 8, 2014
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In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore images of monsters and monstrosity from feminist perspectives.    Mary Shelley: My Mother’s Monsters By Melissa Knox   By the time I came along she bowed to convention She...
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Are You Willing to Put “5″ on TFW?

October 7, 2014
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The Feminist Wire just hit 50! We are so excited that more than 50,000 people have liked our Facebook page, which means thousands of readers have access to timely and forward-thinking articles, interviews, op-eds, and poetry. Over the next 5 days, we hope to expand our readership, reach, and resources. And we need your help! Please consider donating $5,...
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A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza

October 7, 2014
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By Alicia Garza I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a...
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  • 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.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
photograph: ©Elizabeth Ho

    M. Nzadi Keita: what you remember/ starts with a smile/ a raw edge/ a single snip/ from the someone dead

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Alice Lovelace: Toni Cade made an art of living/ Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved/ Toni listened and we were validated/ She is the breast that fed our union/ Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment.

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