Remembering Toni

November 21, 2014
By
alice lovelace (Nic Paget-Clarke) US Social Forum 2007

Alice Lovelace: Her questions gently guided me to claim my life as a writer. Through the years, Toni asked me many questions that lead to me owning my gifts. Her questions led me to the realization that I was a natural teacher. Her questions forced me to value my writing and to request payment for my performances. She guided me to a place where I could claim my job...
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In ‘My Solitude’ with Toni Cade Bambara

November 21, 2014
By
Pamela A. Hooks

Pamela Hooks: She opened my world, opened my eyes. I saw the political and poetry in everything now. Together, Toni and Njeri would break down everything with a fine tooth comb—from the politics of government cheese to the best places to find vegetarian food or chicken wings and then stuck the bush comb pick firmly into the back of all of it to bring it back to the...
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We Remember You, Me and Us: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2014
By
Dr. Kai Green

In reclaiming the body from the biomedical syndicate as well as from the naturopathic types I have been dealing with, the best way I know of recovering the body is movement. It is only when I am dancing that I inhabit all of my body. When I was in academia, that life would drive me up into my mouth, and all of me would be huddled behind my teeth,...
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Toni Cade Bambara’s Art of Bridging Praxis and Theory

November 20, 2014
By
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 a deeper examination of her work is necessary, above all her revolutionary feminist approach and...
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It’s Not the Salt; it’s the Sugar that Will Kill You

November 20, 2014
By
Kalamu ya Salaam
Photographer/copyright: Alex Lear

Kalamu ya Salaam: This Toni was never going to win major awards, never going to be enshrined in the academy. This Toni would look back on America and turn to salt before she would abandon her people.
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Toni’s Powerful Intervention: Artist Tom Feelings Talks with His Son

November 20, 2014
By
Kamili, Zamani, and Tom Feelings
Courtesy of Kamili Feelings

Kamili and Tom Feelings: As members of “progressive” communities, these kinds of interventions can be embarrassing. We flatter ourselves into thinking that “we’re all right” and it’s always the other person who has the problem. But Toni Cade Bambara, once wrote that revolution starts “with the self in the self.”
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Listen You Can Hear the Mothers Crying in the Universe: A Black Feminist Poet’s Requiem for Our Black Warrior Toni

November 19, 2014
By
Care Page image

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
By
Steven & Joel 3

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
By
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
By
Sarah_Poindexter

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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