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Toni Cade Bambara: A Woman of and for the People

November 26, 2014
Michael Simmons
Budapest, Hungary, 2014
photograph: ©Mindenki Joga

Michael Simmons: What struck me about Toni during this time was that she was continually engaged in forming organizations that allowed African American artists to develop and share their talent with the community. In doing this, Toni explicitly and implicitly redefined what it meant to be an artist.
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Feminists We Love: Toni Cade Bambara

November 21, 2014

Heidi R. Lewis: Toni Cade Bambara gave me a feminism that was Black—a feminism that was loud, strong, collective, vulnerable, powerful, communal, honest, and intimate, a feminism that was me and that would be waiting for me, whenever I was ready. She gave me the kind of Black feminism that wasn’t afraid to look...
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Toni Cade Bambara’s Art of Bridging Praxis and Theory

November 20, 2014
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...
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The Good Death of Toni Cade Bambara

November 18, 2014
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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Re-Membering Audre Lorde and Celebrating Toni Cade Bambara

November 17, 2014
Audre Lorde

Aishah Shahidah Simmons: Was it coincidence or karmic symmetry that the first day of our celebration in honor of Bambara falls on the twenty-second anniversary on Lorde’s transcendence into the ancestral world? We do not know. What we know is that our sister ancestral spirits are communing with us
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Toni Cade Bambara

November 17, 2014
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Paula J. Giddings: The relevance of the to-do list, nearly a half-century later is remarkable; the sensibility definitely our own; and the attitude shaped the attitude of succeeding generations. As Beverly Guy-Sheftall and bell hooks have pointed out, The Black Woman showed us a still unfamiliar and highly contested terrain: a transformative vision of...
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“Not All Speed Is Movement”: Toni Cade Bambara and the Black Feminist Tradition

November 17, 2014

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...
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A Litany for Jada and Janay: In the Spirit of the Lorde

November 14, 2014
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By Cinnamon Williams   What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 1:9   There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. -Audre Lorde   Thursday, July 10, 5:01 p.m. The lioness sums up...
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The Feminist Wire Celebrates Writer Toni Cade Bambara’s Life and Legacy In An Upcoming 75th Birthday Anniversary Forum

November 13, 2014
Toni Cade Bambara
©Susan J. Ross

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Curators/Editors: Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D., and Aishah Shahidah Simmons     The Feminist Wire  (TFW) will host a ground breaking two-week online forum  ~ ~ in honor of TONI CADE BAMBARA (1939-1995), beginning on Monday, November 17, 2014. The forum is the first on-line celebration of Bambara, an award...
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Silent No More

November 4, 2014
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By Katie Wayhart   SILENT NO MORE   Spent more time with mommy than the other girls at school. Tall, blonde, “mature for her age” little girl. Older cousin says, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” A seemingly innocent “game” turns into something more.   Years go by.  Are her memories...
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  • Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara Sanchez

    Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.

  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

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