“Black Girls Matter”: An Interview with Kimberle Crenshaw and Luke Harris

February 23, 2015

By Ahmad Greene-Hayes  On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) released its groundbreaking report, “Black Girls Matter.” Ahmad Greene-Hayes, a guest writer for The Feminist Wire, interviews Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw and Dr. Luke Harris, from AAPF, about this report’s impact on the Black Lives Matter movement. The report, executive summary, and social...
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We Walk Among You: Poverty in the Ivory Tower

February 5, 2015

By Zoel T. Rodriguez I was in class today talking about poverty. We were discussing public benefits. Or rather, something having to do with poverty and poor people and how terrible it is that some people do not have stable jobs or income or food or access to hospitals. And I was sitting there...
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Posted in Academia, Education, Poverty, Privilege, U.S., Women of Color | 11 Comments »

Top Yoga Studios Unite to Racially Profile Black “Yoga Thief”

February 2, 2015

By Sabrina Strings His picture was not to go unnoticed. It was planned that way. Flyers showing his face were posted prominently; one was under the clock in the changing room, another on the window of the storefront facing a busy street. In the photograph he is wearing— conveniently enough—a beanie that could double...
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White People for Black Lives

January 14, 2015
Black Lives Matter

By Zillah Eisenstein Revolutionary imagination is the most dangerous and therefore meaningful thing any of us have to offer. So I am writing in support of coalition building in the struggle against racism that will matter more, and do more. There is a new anti-racist movement led by Blacks, many who are queer Black...
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An Interview with Sherry Payne: Nurse, Childbirth Educator, Womanist

January 5, 2015
Sherry Payne

Monica: I first became aware of your work through the Black Infant Mortality Awareness Walk. Can you tell me more about the circumstances that prompted you to launch this project? Sherry: The walk came about because of my frustration with the maternity care world. Despite perinatal health disparities in the African-American community being well...
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Black Lives Matter / Black Life Matters: A Conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore

December 1, 2014
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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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Girls, Black life matters, Black Men, Black Women, Criminal Justice, intersectionality, LGBTQI, Racism, Region, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, White Supremacy | 4 Comments »

Afterword: Toni Cade Bambara’s Living Legacy

November 29, 2014
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

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
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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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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