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;...
Read more »

A Meditation on Toni Cade Bambara

November 25, 2014
By
sande-107-4x6

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...
Read more »

On Toni Cade Bambara and the Darren Wilson Jury Decision

November 25, 2014
By
BLM

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.
Read more »

Image Weavers: In Honor of the Spirit of Toni Cade Bambara

November 24, 2014
By
ImageWeavers' Twentieth Anniversary Reunion, 
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.
Read more »

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.
Read more »

No Doubt: Your Mission, if You Choose to Accept it, is to Make Revolution Irresistible

November 24, 2014
By
NP Photo

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...
Read more »

Fondness for Toni Cade Bambara

November 24, 2014
By
Toni Cade Bambara
©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.
Read more »

Black Blessings: Toni Cade Bambara and Octavia E. Butler

November 23, 2014
By
Ayana A. H. Jamieson

Ayana A. H. Jamieson: I never had a chance to meet these two women in person, but they exist in the imaginal spaces created by their words. I read their letters as long distance conversations simultaneously situated in and transcending both time and place. Like the grandmothers, mothers, aunties, and other-mothers in our individual lives, Miz Toni and Mama Octavia exchange more than words and ideas.
Read more »

One Thing: Toni Cade Bambara in the Speaking Everyday

November 23, 2014
By
kai

So when The Salt Eaters or any of Toni Cade Bambara’s life-saving works fall off my bookshelf, or a scene from her literary creation shows up in my dream, or a number of people start mentioning her name to me, I think there is a message or at least an alert, urging me to go back to one of the most persistent lessons that The Salt Eaters offers me...
Read more »

Unleashing the Power of the Soul: Spirit and Spirituality through Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters and John Bolling’s The Spirit of the Soul (Part II)

November 23, 2014
By
The Salt Eaters (new)

Dr. Janice Liddell: This is the power that Bambara reclaims for women and this power is the “force” of the novel. Minnie, as healer, in fact, is not unlike Jesus who upon encountering the infirmed man in Jerusalem queries him, “Do you want to be made whole?” (John 5:6). Minnie, obviously Africentric with her” bright-red flouncy dress,” “two different strips of kinte,” “a minor fortune of gold, brass and...
Read more »

Unleashing the Power of the Soul: Spirit and Spirituality through Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters and John Bolling’s The Spirit of the Soul (Part I)

November 22, 2014
By
Dr. Janice Liddell

Dr. Janice Liddell: However, in order for peoples of African descent and people of other “soul centered” cultures (Asian, Indians, Aborigines, etc.) to achieve balance and wholeness at the levels of the personal and the community, they must recognize the existence and understand the nature of these two “planes of reality.” Then, even more importantly, they must be able to (re)discover, (re)claim, and integrate fully, the soul-centered worldview of...
Read more »

Follow The Feminist Wire

Arts & Culture

  • 3 poems by Tamiko Beyer OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    Water stilled is not a dying sound   One bee clambers into a rose, then another—together they bump and buzz the bloom heavy with pollen and pollen collectors. Legs swollen sacks of sweet. I lumber their shape against my tongue, all desire in my bumble body. Under the sun’s eye, […]

  • Poetry by runner up Camonghne Felix Camonghne

    Google Search ………………………………………………………..Year: ‘02 ………………………………………………………………..radio; disney …………….Judy; Blume . …………………………………………..Hey; god; it’s; me; . ……………………………………………..cognitive; behavioral; therapy   …………..moby; dick ……………………………………..p;t;s;d …………………jesse; mccartney how; to; know; if; boys; like; you ………………………………..how; to; get; blood; out ………………………………………..how; to; know; if; girls; like; you lesbians; ………………………………………………….how; to; overdose ……………………how; to; make; yourself; […]

  • Excerpt from Dear Twin by Addie Tsai addie

    Prologue     Poppy wanted her back. She knew it was a fool’s mission. But, still. She had to try.       Poppy’s wall was lined with a white bookshelf her father made for her in the backyard one day. He’d built one for Lola too, identical to the […]