With Audre as My Guide: Teaching and Surviving in Post Katrina New Orleans

October 30, 2012
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By Sandra E. Weissinger I started my career as a sociologist in New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina. The school I worked at still held classes in trailers. The trailers were old. The interiors would get wet when it rained. Doors would not close. Several were said to have a mold problem. The makeshift campus would often flood and we would wade through the water to see each...
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I’m Exhausted but I Do Want to Be Well: Raising Womanish Girls, the Performance of Mothering and Wading in Murky Waters

October 30, 2012
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By Melva L. Sampson I am exhausted! It is exhaustion that overwhelms and overruns me because of its deep-seated roots. Roots that make one question her presence in the Academy while simultaneously questioning her ability to be a mother. How is it that I can maintain my authentic voice within a space where my experiences as a black woman are devalued? More importantly, how do I do this while...
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Good Night Women

October 30, 2012
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"ripping hot and fierce down the night sky till they are out of our pining sight, too quickly, more frequently than we can bear, their incandescent metal, incinerating, is the occasion and inverse of wish."
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The Shape of My Impact

October 29, 2012
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Sounds to Me Like A Promise: On Survival (After Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years by Dagmaar Schultz) “I love the word survival, it always sounds to me like a promise.  It makes me wonder sometimes though, how do I define the shape of my impact upon this earth?” –reflection cut from an early draft of “Eye to Eye: Black Women, Hatred and Anger” by Audre Lorde (Audre Lorde Papers,...
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Under Ivory-Tower Eyes: Influence of Womanist Warriors as Public Intellectuals

October 29, 2012
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By Lindah Mhando  This is a dedication to my dear sister friend Aaronette White. The use of the word “warrior” doesn’t suggest women as warmongers ready to pick up the sword; instead it deploys critical thinking on how issues of Womanist health can be thought and re-thought in the academy. To me this topic raises many personal health, political, philosophical, and pedagogical questions. I first briefly comment on the sparse...
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Can I Live?

October 29, 2012
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By Analena Hope “Can I live?” This simple yet resounding question has been posed a number of times in different ways by Black feminists within and outside of the academy, and quite often the answer is: no, not without a fight and an intentional will to be well. If the academy is a body, then we, the academics, are the blood being pushed through the arteries: the higher the...
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Black (Academic) Women's Health: To Be in Context

October 29, 2012
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By Tressie McMillan Cottom My great grandmother used to pay me to talk, about anything and nothing. She just “loved to hear that child speak!” She said my oratory would be my saving grace. My mother said my little red tongue would get me into more trouble than she could save me from. They were both right. It is no small thing for a colored girl child to refuse...
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Afterword: On Voting

October 27, 2012
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Over this past week, TFW Collective members and guest writers have had their say about electoral politics, generally, and voting, specifically. Over and over again, we returned to the significance of history, specifically the obligations that some of us feel towards our political forbearers. It is striking that each contributor to this Forum embodies statuses that would have excluded us from voting at one time or another in US...
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White Rage, Black Obama

October 27, 2012
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Reflections on the DNC: Part 2 The hysteria that characterizes these commotions convinces me that the current American political scene, so heavy with anxiety and unhappy conscience at the moment, is riper now for psychoanalytic inquiry as an efficacious human science than it has ever been… —Hortense Spillers, “Destiny’s Child: Obama and Election ’08″ boundary 2 39:2 (2012), p. 9. Suddenly this whole...
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He’s Not the One We’ve Been Waiting For: Thoughts on Collective Effervescence, Stockholm Syndrome, Reluctant Voting, and Reclaiming “We”

October 26, 2012
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“And who will join this standing up and the ones who stood without sweet company will sing and sing back into the mountains and if necessary even under the sea: we are the ones we have been waiting for.” June Jordan   It’s not the copious conversation about the election or the virulent partisan sentiment that has me eager for this Presidential election season to come to a close....
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Voting as an Act of Reckoning with Communal Obligations

October 26, 2012
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Voting as an Act of Reckoning with Communal Obligations

  I grew up in South Texas listening to startling accounts of Mexican Americans robbed of their right to vote by power holders so threatened by the democratic impulse of brown and black communities that they resorted to the politics of violence, repression and intimidation.  I vote every election to honor the memory of black and brown people like my grandmother Angelita whose right to vote hinged on paying...
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