New Revolutions? Finding and Naming Them for Transnational Feminisms

March 4, 2014
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By Zillah Eisenstein My writing is a small offering to give political voice to the extra-ordinary attempt at trans-national and cultural and racial and class and gender solidarity. It is to give a public recognition to women doing revolution on behalf of their bodies—sexually, economically, racially, politically. “We” are migrants, middle class, unemployed, poor, hungry, tired, gifted, powerful, indigenous, colored, and we trust each other to stand together against...
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Personal is Political: My Mother Speaks through My Poetry

March 4, 2014
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Silvia Angulo writes about her relationship with her mother and her desire to write for #personalIsPoliticalonTFW.
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Why Is Academic Writing So Beautiful? Notes on Black Feminist Scholarship

March 4, 2014
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By Emily Lordi The title of this piece responds to Joshua Rothman’s recent essay for the New Yorker blog, “Why Is Academic Writing So Academic?”, which is itself a response to Nicholas Kristof’s call for academics to engage in public debate. Both Rothman, a writer and editor who considered a career in academia, and Matthew Pratt Guterl, a professor at Brown, have productively moved the Kristof-inspired conversation beyond an...
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TFW’s Heidi R. Lewis Interviews Zadie Smith

March 3, 2014
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TFW Associate Editor Heidi R. Lewis interviews author Zadie Smith for the Colorado College 2014 MacLean Symposium on Globalization, Literature, and Culture.
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Spike Jonze’s Her: Loneliness, Race, & Digital Polyamory

March 3, 2014
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By Edgar Rivera Colón Spike Jonze’s Her is a cinematic tour de force, but it’s also a multi-layered cultural document of the present. Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Scarlett Johansen’s lilting voice, is set in the not-too-distant future of mega-skyscraper vertical communities (think Shanghai), ever-evolving artificially intelligent operating systems (OS) as surrogate companions, and hyper-sanitized inner worlds of gentrification as a ‘whole way of life’...
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Op-Ed: A Home of Our Own: Temporary Housing and LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence

March 3, 2014
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By Nicole S. Junior In 2012, twenty-one-year-old Romelle Johnson was transported by ambulance to a local Brooklyn, New York hospital.*  While en route, an EMT worked to staunch the blood leaking from Romelle’s stab wounds as Johnson struggled to communicate with the police officer who accompanied him.  Despite his fight for breath and words, Johnson ultimately disclosed that, after an argument earlier that night, his live-in partner, forty-three-year-old James...
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Afterword: Standing at the Lordean Shoreline

March 1, 2014
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copyright: Aishah Shahidah Simmons

In the name of the known and unknown ancestors upon whose shoulders we stand… Today is the end of TFW’s global forum on Black Lesbian Feminist Mother Warrior Poet Audre Lorde/Gamba Adisa. With over 50 contributors, this forum is most definitely our largest one to date. Over the past twelve days, invited scholars, activists, filmmakers, poets, cultural workers, theologians, and/or students from across the United States and in countries...
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Continuing the Celebration: Feminist Studies Celebrates Audre Lorde

March 1, 2014
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copyright: Dagmar Schultz

  Aishah Shahidah Simmons – my sister and comrade across miles and years, and the visionary behind the historic forum you’ve been reading for the last two weeks — has broken new ground here. I honor her work behind and in front of the scenes and I share openly my love for her with all of her, my, and our complexities. Ours is the kind of love that Audre...
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AUDRE LORDE — THE ETERNAL QUESTION

March 1, 2014
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Kalamu ya Salaam
photo credit: Alex Lear

By Kalamu ya Salaam During the tumult of the seventies, in publications such as The Black Scholar and black World, I engaged with and eventually championed the work of Audre Lorde, who was and remains one of the most progressive of our warrior intellectuals. Being a successful activist is no easy task, no preordained journey. Our sojourn through this world is often frustrating, certainly at its core, our travel...
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Three Degrees of Connection

February 28, 2014
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Gloria Joseph
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By C.C. Carter It’s what happens when generation “the studied” meets generation “the studier”—connection. We, some two thousand plus miles a part from each other, meet on a cruise in the midst of some three hundred women. I spot them in the crowd of people who don’t look like me, and before I start my show, I ask for permission to begin. This is an acknowledgement I know they...
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Mockeries of Separation (a poem)

February 28, 2014
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. by e nina jay   “we must not hide behind the mockeries of separations that have been imposed upon us and which we so often accept as our own.”   ~audre lorde . . racism    classism    sexism    homophobia   ableism any kind of –ism you can think of ‘cause even these words are a mockery of separation complex words with complex meaning and complex spelling… . all a word...
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