Toni Cade Bambara: A Woman of and for the People

November 26, 2014
By
Michael Simmons
Budapest, Hungary, 2014
photograph: ©Mindenki Joga

Michael Simmons: What struck me about Toni during this time was that she was continually engaged in forming organizations that allowed African American artists to develop and share their talent with the community. In doing this, Toni explicitly and implicitly redefined what it meant to be an artist.
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Toni Cade Bambara Remembered

November 26, 2014
By
Donald P. Stone
photograph: © AfroLez® Productions

Donald P. Stone: In the mid-seventies, Toni moved South to Atlanta, which at that time had a very active political and cultural community. Some of the questions this vibrant community confronted were how to make our art relevant to the masses of people and how to make it serve the ends we were fighting for. We were all developing our activist and aesthetic frameworks out of our participation in...
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For Toni and the Sisterhood, with Love…

November 25, 2014
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Denise M. Brown: Her life a stunning example of her belief that “a writer, like any other cultural worker, like any other member of the community, ought to try to put their skills in the service of the community.” She taught me about the nature of leadership and community in the way she lived, and like all truly great leaders, in the lineage she has left behind, each of...
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My TCB Experience 1991-1995

November 25, 2014
By
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Amadee Braxton: Toni could couch the most subversive or controversial notion into a most matter-of-fact sentence. Like when she told me that “Tragedy” was an overrated western construct and that, as Black people, she didn’t feel we had time for it. That’s why her stories focus on struggle, resilience, getting organized to do what needs to be done, or at least how to figure it out on the way...
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The Telling of Stories

November 25, 2014
By
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 she seeing more? It was both terrifying and freeing. That was one of Toni’s powers;...
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A Meditation on Toni Cade Bambara

November 25, 2014
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Sande Smith: To be in the company of your fierce and loving inquiry. Your influence didn’t stop there, though. When I was planning how to write the text for a photo book about Martin Luther King, Jr., you asked, “Hey, what about the pie women, the women who made pies on Sunday at church, the regular women who got King to think differently?” You inspired me to write the...
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On Toni Cade Bambara and the Darren Wilson Jury Decision

November 25, 2014
By
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We are explicitly clear that our commitment to honoring Toni Cade Bambara is just what we need now and every other heinous time when Black life is met with treachery and murder.
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Image Weavers: In Honor of the Spirit of Toni Cade Bambara

November 24, 2014
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October 25, 2014
L-R Mee Lin Yuk, Roxana Walker Canton, Anula Shetty, Tina Morton, Stephanie Yarbrough, Miyoshi Smith, Nikki Harmon, Asake Denise Jones, Yvonne Marie Jones, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, NaOme Richardson
Photograph: ©Roxana Walker-Canton

NaOme Richardson: Consequently TCB opened the door of learning how to express oneself through words and images for several of the women who became Image Weavers. Their entrance into her world of expressing through images and words, encouragement and sharing was duly rewarded.
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Becoming…

November 24, 2014
By
Nikki Harmon

Nikki Harmon: When all my dreams were up for grabs, when youth and energy and the righteousness of self-expression defined my existence. When art was activism and activism was art and we created ourselves right into existence.
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No Doubt: Your Mission, if You Choose to Accept it, is to Make Revolution Irresistible

November 24, 2014
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Nadine Patterson: Her knowledge was all-encompassing. And then she would break it down. To paraphrase her: “Everyone in Western culture dreams in five parts. There are other ways of telling stories, but this is how we dream. Use it. Record your dreams from the last image before you wake up and trace your dream backwards. What images and sounds remain with you are the ones that are the most...
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Fondness for Toni Cade Bambara

November 24, 2014
By
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©Susan J. Ross

Miyoshi Smith: When Toni Cade moved to Philadelphia, I would see her out, at socials…and gosh, she was just a very remarkable person: smart, witty, pretty, gifted in living and writing. Her work represents, I think, her love for humanity and what she felt and believed.
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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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