(En)Gendering Greatness: Caught Between Richard Sherman and a Hard Place

January 31, 2014
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(En)Gendering Greatness:  Caught Between Richard Sherman and a Hard Place

By Tikia K. Hamilton “I’m the shit!” You will probably never hear me utter these words, even though, on most days, I must quietly remind myself that I am. One of the reasons I would never mouth these words publicly is because, growing up as an African-American girl, my family always taught me the importance of humility. Of course, over the years, this would be a hard quality to...
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Protecting What’s White: A New Look at Stand Your Ground Laws

January 30, 2014
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Stand Your Ground

By Sabrina Strings I ran into a normally nocturnal neighbor early one morning. She was buzzing about with an uncharacteristic alacrity. “Morning,” I muttered. “Good morning,” she replied. She waited a few breaths before adding, “Did you hear the gunshots last night?” “What? No.” “Oh yeah! There were six gunshots fired last night. My Gawd. So scary! I’m not sure how safe our pantry door is, you know, the one...
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Book Review: “A Penny Saved” by Arisa White

January 29, 2014
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  A Penny Saved, by Arisa White (Willow Books) Reviewed by Sarah Mantilla Griffin   Between September 2001 and June 2012, far more American women were killed by domestic and intimate partner violence than U.S. troops were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Despite these staggering figures, domestic violence remains largely hidden from public view, underreported and misunderstood.  Arisa White’s most recent collection of poems, A Penny Saved, joins...
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Afterword: A Love Letter to Mumia

January 27, 2014
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Afterword: A Love Letter to Mumia

Dearest Mumia, I have been writing this letter for many years, in my head and in my heart, but have not until now committed the words to paper.  My paralysis comes from a place of shame and rage and love and fear.  It has taken me age to come to terms with the breadth of emotions I carry in the face of your incarceration.  You have come to symbolize...
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Mumia: An Ironic Icon

January 27, 2014
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Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Soffiyah Elijah Mumia Abu-Jamal seems at times to be bigger than life. Many around the globe revere him, while law enforcement authorities despise him.  His very existence symbolizes so much about America and at the same time speaks to the resistance, human dignity and political resolve of the dozens of political prisoners caged inside her belly. There have been political prisoners in America for well over 100 years –...
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Mumia on Religion, Empire, and Gender

January 27, 2014
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By Mark Lewis Taylor While Mumia endured 50 days in solitary confinement, transiting from 29 years on death row to the general prison population in 2012, I spoke with him by phone. He was persevering, but somewhat weaker of voice than in previous phone visits. Life in solitary, he wrote, could be worse than death row. But still, even from there he prepared two essays for my 2012 Critical Race...
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Schooling the Generations: Education and the Relevance of Mumia Abu-Jamal in Times of Crisis

January 27, 2014
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Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radical Pedagogy

By Christopher M. Tinson Creating a classroom environment that fosters radical education first requires courage to confront uncomfortable truths about American society. Introducing students to Mumia Abu-Jamal‘s radical pedagogy at one of this country’s predominantly white, liberal arts, private colleges, however, also requires negotiating. Most of my students come from communities that have not been subject to heavy police presence. Many have not studied the history of racial oppression in...
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Silencing the Record: Misrepresentation, Gender Politics, and Truth in the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

January 26, 2014
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Silencing the Record: Misrepresentation, Gender Politics, and Truth in the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Johanna Fernandez In the last week, conservative media outlets zealously revisited the case of celebrated political prisoner and radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. This time he was attacked in connection with President Barack Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. That Adegbile is also a trustee of Connecticut College–one of the sponsors of The Feminist Wire–may also be a...
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Confined Writers and Their Criminal Writings

January 26, 2014
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Confined Writers and Their Criminal Writings

By Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell Last month, The New York Times reported a discovery made in Rochester, New York about what we now know as the first prison memoir written by an African American. Written in 1858 by Robert (Austin) Reed, “he 304-page memoir titled ‘The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict, or the Inmate of a Gloomy Prison,’ describes the experiences of the author…from the 1830s to...
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K.O.S. (Determination): Black Communities Keeping It Real and Right

January 26, 2014
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K.O.S. (Determination): Black Communities Keeping It Real and Right

By Liz Derias “…among those that have least, beat hearts of hope, fly sparks of overcoming.” ~ Mumia Abu Jamal, Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience Like many other cities across the US in the 1980’s muddling through the residue of Carter’s liberalism and the immorality of Reganomics, Philadelphia, PA was a hotbed of violence and crime, was riddled with the emergence of crack cocaine, faced ravishing...
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Re-imagining Black Power

January 26, 2014
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Re-imagining Black Power

By Nyle Fort If Black Power were a play who would be its main characters? What would be its major themes? And what scenes would develop its drama? For most of my life when I thought of Black Power a flood of images came to mind: Stokley, Huey, George Jackson, Amiri Baraka, Attica, Watts, and pretty much all things “black,” “radical,” and, of course, male. Besides Assata Shakur and Angela...
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