Toni Cade Bambara—A Member of My Small Village

November 18, 2014
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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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The Authenticating Audience

November 18, 2014
By
Toni Cade Bambara at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
photograph: © Louis Massiah, June 1995

Louis Massiah: On the contrary, when art is understood as a mode of political work, with the explicit goal of communicating a needed counter-narrative or analysis to a disempowered people, the success of an art work is more appropriately determined by how the community of focus is affected by the message.
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The Good Death of Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
By
Clyde Taylor & Toni Cade Bambara
Hatch-Billops Collection 1994
copyright Michael Simmons

Clyde Taylor: Watching the Sisters lead this hip-rumbling, drum-based ritual I wondered, “Say hello to the Sisters of the Good Death for me.” But how to say hello to them from Bambara, even if I had decent Portuguese? I wondered again at Painted Bride, as I talked about this puzzling moment.
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Laughing on the Other Side of the Mountain: A Love Letter to My Friend Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
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Photograph Credit: TT Coles

Ayoka Chenzira: We were more excited to see each other than to hear what was being said to us by industry leaders whose real job was to be polite but tell us why our stories weren’t relevant—how they didn’t fit nicely into boxes like a three-act structure and a single protagonist with a problem.
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Love Note for Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
By
Zeinabu irene Davis

Zeinabu irene Davis: I still feel you with me when I am watching films in the dark. I will always remember how I would watch films with you, and would suddenly lean over to make a comment to you and poof! You were gone; you were still in the theater, but just in another section of the theater or screening space, just soaking up the laughter or the energy...
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“Not All Speed Is Movement”: Toni Cade Bambara and the Black Feminist Tradition

November 17, 2014
By
CC3A3359

I always honor the multivocal, intellectual shoulders on which I stand. And I ask my students to always do the same. While I have begun to introduce some contemporary scholarship in my courses—especially encouraging my students to engage with some contemporary pieces in their assignments—I hope to never stop reminding my students that I come from a long line of Black feminists and womanists that have been committed to...
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Changing the Letter: TFW Celebrates Toni Cade Bambara

November 17, 2014
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And sister Toni’s influences are not merely theoretical. They are lived. The Feminist Wire prides itself in modeling the scholar/activist spirit of our feminist ancestors. “Writing is one of the ways that participate in transformation.” Our job is to not only “make revolution irresistible,” but to participate actively and wholeheartedly in our own individual and collective liberation.
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Mother of the Movement: Remembering Bambara and the “African Bones in the Briny Deep”

November 17, 2014
By
Toni Cade Bambara
©Susan J. Ross

Chadra Pittman Walke: I began what would become my life’s work with ancestors eighteen years ago at the NYABG. I witnessed daily the profound connection which the descendant community had with these ancestors. They would visit the site, pray, pour libations, sit quietly alone or visit with the graves with others. The New York community claimed these bones as their own and I see a similar connection between the...
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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Black Self-Defense in the Wake of Ferguson

November 15, 2014
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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Black Self-Defense in the Wake of Ferguson

By Luam Kidane and Hakima Abbas After nearly three months of deliberation the grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who murdered Mike Brown is expected to be announced next week. With press coverage intensifying and the government announcing that over 1000 police officers have received 5000 hours of training to “…deal with potential unrest…” we must seriously reflect on the state of Black self-defense and...
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Towards Freedom from Violence: Queer and Trans People of Color Activism in the U.S.

November 14, 2014
By
black lives matter

By Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez As a queer migrant who got asylum based on my sexuality, I often feel exiled from progressive environments in the United States. Rarely do I enter spaces where my multiple identities co-exist. Even more rare are progressive environments that celebrate what it means to be a queer migrant. LGBTQI activists of color in the U.S. often face a similar tension: we search for spaces where our...
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Slavery: the Haunting Legacy of Sterilization Abuse in California State Prisons

November 14, 2014
By
Sims

By Tala Khanmalek  Last year the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) announced that nearly 150 female prisoners in California were sterilized without consent from 2006 to 2010. The state had been paying doctors to perform tubal ligations without required approval. In fact, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) contracted medical services for the surgical procedure in violation of both state and federal laws on the basis that it...
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