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The Weight in Being Well: The Salt Eaters and the Genius of Toni Cade Bambara

November 19, 2014
Steven & Joel 3

Joel Diaz and Steven G. Fullwood: Toni Morrison once said of Bambara is that she writes black. To me, she meant black people, black bodies, black language, black culture, black history, black here, black there, black every damn where. African-derived. Ancestral.
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Posted in Black Women, Culture, Ethnicity, Fiction, Racism, Sexism, Toni Cade Bambara, Writing | 4 Comments »

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

November 15, 2014
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...
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Better Off Dead: Black Women Speak to the United Nations CERD Committee

September 5, 2014
(L-R) Nikki Patin, Christina Jaus, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Farah Tanis, Sherley Accime #CERD
photo: Frances Nielah Bradley

By Farah Tanis and Aishah Shahidah Simmons With each of our dead, we mourn the loss of a piece of ourselves and with each of our raped we mourn the loss of a piece of our souls. We can and will name Renisha McBride alongside Michael Brown; Rekia Boyd alongside Trayvon Martin; Jada alongside Abner Louima; Naffisatou Diallo...
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Posted in Activism, Black life matters, Black Women, domestic violence, LGBTQI, Racism, Sexism, sexual violence, Violence | 3 Comments »

The Violence, Anti-Blackness, and Black Life Matters Forum: An Introduction

September 3, 2014

The recent shooting and murder of 18-year old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, galvanized a local movement for justice on behalf of Brown’s family. At the same time, his heartrending death – like the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, and too many others – has drawn attention...
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Posted in Black life matters, Criminal Justice, Economy, Health, History, intersectionality, Politics, Racism, U.S., Violence | 2 Comments »

On Ferguson’s Protest and Its Occupation

August 22, 2014
Associated Press/Jeff Roberson

By Vanessa Lynn Lovelace On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at around noon, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Eyewitnesses report that Brown was unarmed when the officer opened fire on him. The autopsy reports that Brown was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, but the report initially did not...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Bodies, College Feminisms, Criminal Justice, Culture, Economy, Education, Family, Feminism, Health, History, media, Militarization, Military, New Media, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, Violence, White Privilege, Whiteness, World, Youth | 4 Comments »

Editorial: Michael Brown and Anti-Black Violence

August 11, 2014
Editorial: Michael Brown and Anti-Black Violence

A young black man was killed this weekend. He was shot multiple times by police while walking to his grandmother’s house. He was left to die in the street, his body surrounded for hours by armed sentries while his family and community watched horrified from the sidelines. Michael Brown was unarmed. Today would have...
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Posted in Criminal Justice, media, Racism, U.S., Violence, Youth | 6 Comments »

Meditations on Being Right

April 8, 2014

By Lyndsey Godwin This is a sermon that was given on February 12, 2013 at the weekly chapel service held at Vanderbilt Divinity School, an inter-denominational, though historically Judeo-Christian graduate school for theological education.  The focal scripture for this service was 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. In February, I traveled with a small group of Vanderbilt...
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Posted in Activism, Beyond Critique, Family, Feminism, History, LGBTQI, Love, Patriarchy, Religion, Sexism, Sexuality, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, Women of Color, World | 4 Comments »

Using the Erotic to do Our Work

February 25, 2014
Audre Lorde
copyright: Dagmar Schultz

  There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those...
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Posted in Activism, Audre Lorde, Black Women, Feminism, LGBTQI, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Uncategorized, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

Audre Speaks: Lordean Lessons for a White Man

February 25, 2014
Chris Rupertus teaching Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar
copyright: Bill Avington

By Chris Rupertus The very first thing I say to my seniors on the very first day of the semester is this: “I have a secret about myself I want to share with you.” Then I peek out the classroom door to make sure no one is eavesdropping, adopt a sheepish expression, and lower...
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Posted in Academia, Audre Lorde, Education, Personal is Political., Privilege, Racism, Sexism, White Privilege | 1 Comment »

For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

February 16, 2014
For Lucia Mcbath, Sybrina Fulton and All Other Black Mothers Who’ve Considered Righteous Rage When Black Respectability Politics Ain’t Enough

In “What is this “black” in black popular culture? (Rethinking Race),” the late, great cultural theorist Stuart Hall, poignantly asks, “What sort of moment is this?” I’ve wrestled with this question for at least a decade. Though Hall’s “moment” reflects a struggle over cultural hegemony – the need to make room in critical discourses...
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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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