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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The Telling of Stories

November 25, 2014
Bia Vieira

Bia Vieira: When Toni comes into my life, when she invites me to understand my story as a way to find strength and value within myself, I am surprised by her attention. I am also very flattered. Her interest makes me wonder what she is seeing. I saw my secrets and shame, but was...
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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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TCB Is What She Did and Was Who She Was

November 19, 2014
Clarke V

It was at the National Conference of African American writers held on the campus of Howard University in 1974 that she read her short story “Gorilla, My Love.” I fell in love with her voice, its cadence capturing the sound of young people. It was like hearing Charlie Parker playing “Cherokee” for the first...
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The Good Death of Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
Clyde Taylor & Toni Cade Bambara
Hatch-Billops Collection 1994
copyright Michael Simmons

Clyde Taylor: Watching the Sisters lead this hip-rumbling, drum-based ritual I wondered, “Say hello to the Sisters of the Good Death for me.” But how to say hello to them from Bambara, even if I had decent Portuguese? I wondered again at Painted Bride, as I talked about this puzzling moment.
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Mother of the Movement: Remembering Bambara and the “African Bones in the Briny Deep”

November 17, 2014
Toni Cade Bambara
©Susan J. Ross

Chadra Pittman Walke: I began what would become my life’s work with ancestors eighteen years ago at the NYABG. I witnessed daily the profound connection which the descendant community had with these ancestors. They would visit the site, pray, pour libations, sit quietly alone or visit with the graves with others. The New York...
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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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CFP: A Forum on “Climate Change and Feminist Environmentalisms”

October 13, 2014
climate change

By Cristina Awadalla, Piper Coutinho-Sledge, Alison Criscitiello, and Sonalini Sapra As guest editors of this forum, we created the theme with the intent to create a space critical of imperialism, neo-liberalism, sexism, racism, and other factors that both drive climate change and contribute to the global oppression of women. We know that climate change is...
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“No Climate Justice Without Gender Justice:” Women at the Forefront of the People’s Climate March

September 29, 2014
climate justice and gender

By Julie Gorecki “No climate justice without gender justice!” This was the banner slogan at the forefront of the women’s contingency that gathered for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. The message comes from the fact that global warming is most dramatically affecting women, primarily Indigenous women and...
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Anti-Imperial Feminist Musings in Morocco

September 22, 2014

By Zillah Eisenstein I traveled to Fez and Casablanca, Morocco, earlier this month to dialogue with Islamic Feminists there and to see, feel, and stretch myself to and in Northern Africa. What follows are a few thoughts about the complexity of traveling and being from the United States today while also being committed to...
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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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