Listen You Can Hear the Mothers Crying in the Universe: A Black Feminist Poet’s Requiem for Our Black Warrior Toni

November 19, 2014
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Cara Page: This is a tribute to the Black Feminist Warrior Toni Cade Bambara and her insightful vision to rename place, resiliency and spirit of Black folks after incidences of state violence against our black children and community. Her understanding of place/of spirit/of people outside of state interrogation and interruption was a critical witnessing, contributing to a Black feminist doctrine that speaks to the resistance of Black folks, and...
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The Weight in Being Well: The Salt Eaters and the Genius of Toni Cade Bambara

November 19, 2014
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Joel Diaz and Steven G. Fullwood: Toni Morrison once said of Bambara is that she writes black. To me, she meant black people, black bodies, black language, black culture, black history, black here, black there, black every damn where. African-derived. Ancestral.
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Exposing the Invisible Betrayal: Removing the Gag from Our Mouths and Speaking of the Police Rapes of Black Women

November 19, 2014
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Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis: Tell me what freedom fighter, what human rights defender has ever had to ask—can I stand up? With or without your permission I’m already standing, cage doors flying open, my sisters’ strong fingers already pointing out the dangers we face as we traffic in and out of our communities, communities which still refuse to see us.
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Toni Cade Bambara—A Member of My Small Village

November 18, 2014
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Sarah C. Poindexter: Your impact transcending my small village to persons near and wide—a whole world of people had read your books, watched your films, and been empowered by your words.
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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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The Good Death of Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
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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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Laughing on the Other Side of the Mountain: A Love Letter to My Friend Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
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Photograph Credit: TT Coles

Ayoka Chenzira: We were more excited to see each other than to hear what was being said to us by industry leaders whose real job was to be polite but tell us why our stories weren’t relevant—how they didn’t fit nicely into boxes like a three-act structure and a single protagonist with a problem.
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Love Note for Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
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Zeinabu irene Davis: I still feel you with me when I am watching films in the dark. I will always remember how I would watch films with you, and would suddenly lean over to make a comment to you and poof! You were gone; you were still in the theater, but just in another section of the theater or screening space, just soaking up the laughter or the energy...
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“Not All Speed Is Movement”: Toni Cade Bambara and the Black Feminist Tradition

November 17, 2014
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I always honor the multivocal, intellectual shoulders on which I stand. And I ask my students to always do the same. While I have begun to introduce some contemporary scholarship in my courses—especially encouraging my students to engage with some contemporary pieces in their assignments—I hope to never stop reminding my students that I come from a long line of Black feminists and womanists that have been committed to...
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Changing the Letter: TFW Celebrates Toni Cade Bambara

November 17, 2014
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And sister Toni’s influences are not merely theoretical. They are lived. The Feminist Wire prides itself in modeling the scholar/activist spirit of our feminist ancestors. “Writing is one of the ways that participate in transformation.” Our job is to not only “make revolution irresistible,” but to participate actively and wholeheartedly in our own individual and collective liberation.
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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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