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Black Lives Matter / Black Life Matters: A Conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore

December 1, 2014
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Black Lives Matter

In January 2015, The Feminist Wire and the University of Arizona will co-host the Black Life Matters conference in Tucson, Arizona. Free and open to the public, the event aims to build on the visionary work of Black Lives Matter and a surge of activism emerging from the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson,...
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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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Posted in Academia, Activism, Audre Lorde, Black life matters, Black Women, Culture, Feminism, intersectionality, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Toni Cade Bambara, U.S., Women of Color | 9 Comments »

The Seabirds Don’t Lie

November 26, 2014
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LauraBrooklyn

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 »

Toni Cade Bambara’s Art of Bridging Praxis and Theory

November 20, 2014
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Thabiti Lewis

Thabiti Lewis: Young feminists need to pay more attention to Bambara’s fiction and essays, which reveal a pioneering voice that betrothed answers to the range of issues consuming contemporary feminist struggles. Indeed, Bambara’s art is in the tradition of abolitionist Maria Stewart, who deftly negotiated Christianity, nationalism, and feminism. There is no question that...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Women, Feminism, intersectionality, Patriarchy, Racism, Sexism, Toni Cade Bambara, U.S., World, Writing | 1 Comment »

The Authenticating Audience

November 18, 2014
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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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Posted in Activism, Black life matters, Black Men, Black Women, Film, media, Politics, Popular Culture, Racism, Sexism, Toni Cade Bambara, U.S. | 7 Comments »

Towards Freedom from Violence: Queer and Trans People of Color Activism in the U.S.

November 14, 2014
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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 »

TFW at the Upcoming National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference

November 11, 2014
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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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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Women, Bodies, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Feminism, Immigration, LGBTQI, media, Music, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Region, Sexism, Sexuality, Stereotypes, TFW in the World, U.S., Violence, Women of Color, World | Comments Off

Facebook and Apple Want Your Unborn! Or, Why Corporations Should Keep Their Hands Off Employees’ Ovaries

November 10, 2014
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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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Posted in Bodies, Capitalism, Family, intersectionality, Reproduction, Sexism, Sexuality, U.S., White Women, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

#FergusonOctober: Francesca Griffin–A Black Woman and the Police State

November 7, 2014
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#FergusonOctober

By Ahmad Greene-Hayes  “we who believe in freedom cannot rest” I was in St. Louis, Missouri recently for #FergusonOctober, a call “to build momentum for a nationwide movement against police violence.” While there, I saw so many persons and organizations fed up with anti-black police terror. In this beautiful sea of black folks, white...
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On Ferguson, the Fragility of Black Boys, and Feminist Futures

October 2, 2014
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By Aliyyah. I. Abdur-Rahman Recently over dinner, my dear friend Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, and I were talking about both Michael Brown and my adolescent son, Isa. Sandy shared with me that she’d heard that black women had started purchasing clothing that was too small for their teenaged sons so...
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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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