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For Darker Sisters

April 17, 2014
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By Ahmad Greene-Hayes I am the great-great-great grandson of former enslaved Georgians—the Johnson family to be exact. I come from a lineage of individuals whom I do not know, and unfortunately know little about. All I know is that they picked cotton and tobacco, tilled fields, and did all they could to comply with...
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2 poems by Margaree Little

April 16, 2014
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molly little

BLACKBERRY GARDEN As though by going back to it now it would become clear—or more than that, say what you mean, come right, a resolution of the leaves piling up in the yard, then turning to mulch, behind the house the blackberry bushes taking over the length of the garden.  In the summer the...
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Should I Be Telling You This?

January 30, 2014
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By Sarah Brent “If two people come together, who’ve never had any power except by the way of abuse, it’s going to be bad. Both of us had power exerted over us as children. I eventually learned that as an adult, I was still doing the dance, seeking out abusive relationships. That doesn’t mean...
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Book Review: “A Penny Saved” by Arisa White

January 29, 2014
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  A Penny Saved, by Arisa White (Willow Books) Reviewed by Sarah Mantilla Griffin   Between September 2001 and June 2012, far more American women were killed by domestic and intimate partner violence than U.S. troops were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Despite these staggering figures, domestic violence remains largely hidden from public...
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Posted in Book Review, Family, Feminism, masculinity, Patriarchy, Poetry, Sexism, Uncategorized, Violence | 2 Comments »

*Pretty Sparkly Things: A Black Girl’s Encounter with the Prison Industrial Complex

January 23, 2014
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I love clothes. I always have. As a black girl coming of age in the early 1990s, I was up on all the adornment trends: from asymmetrical haircuts and Cross Colours jeans to neckties and button down shirts (a la Boyz II Men). As any person who went to a predominantly black school knows,...
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Long Distance Revolutionary: An Intergenerational Conversation

January 22, 2014
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Long Distance Revolutionary: An Intergenerational Conversation

By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Clyde Gumbs and Jared Gumbs This summer I attended a screening of Prison Radio’s film about Mumia Abu-Jamal, Long Distance Revolutionary.  Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in prison for my entire lifetime, and I have learned on many occasions about his unjust incarceration, his participation in the Black Panther Party and his...
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Excerpts from Sir by HR Hegnauer

January 22, 2014
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Excerpts from Sir by HR Hegnauer

  Dear Sir, I am afraid to say, I love you — a collection of simple sounds. I know this is the softest room in the body, but the navigation is so —. This is what it means to swim in a vivisection, and I like swimming; I do, but I need the tide...
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An excerpt from The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom

January 15, 2014
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An excerpt from The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom

eraser:   She found it in the corner. She picked it up. Brought it close. This happened at a time when her head was unusually large. She loved games. Two favorites being “Cleaning Out Shoes” and “Feeling Old People’s Skin.” In “Cleaning Out Shoes” she would take a bobby pin and run it through...
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3 poems by Valerie Bandura

January 8, 2014
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3 poems by Valerie Bandura

Vagina and Cross-Cocks   For their flag, ……….a sliced pair of white boxers, and on it, ………………………………………………………………in marmalade,   the diamond shape of a vagina ……………………………………………………….slightly open ………………………with wisps along the lips for pubic hair, ……………………………………………………………….and under that,   a pair of penises …………………..criss-crossed ………………………………like femur bones under a skull,   the shorts clipped...
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2 poems by Geffrey Davis

January 1, 2014
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2 poems by Geffrey Davis

Unfledged   What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices? — Robert Hayden     Weekends too my father roofed poor neighborhoods, at prices only his back could carry   into profit.  In the name of labor’s virtue—or was it another bill collector’s callous   calling again?—my brother...
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  • 2 poems by Margaree Little molly little

    BLACKBERRY GARDEN As though by going back to it now it would become clear—or more than that, say what you mean, come right, a resolution of the leaves piling up in the yard, then turning to mulch, behind the house the blackberry bushes taking over the length of the garden.  [...]

  • Two Poems by Erin Parks then and now

    By Erin Parks     3 Queens Haiku Strange and strong Women Transcending normal life things Freedom in a word           For Men Who Claim They Love #TeamNatural My hair is not easy to manipulate. It takes time, patience, and skill. Yes, you must know how [...]

  • Two Poems by Emma Victoria Miller GIRL_A~1

    By Emma Victoria Miller     The Water Carrier   Last night I dreamt of the house of the girl who drew water, The girl of the three miracles, The girl who drowned at sea. Last night I dreamt of my Manderley, Not buried nor burnt, nor overgrown, No fairytale [...]