And The Beat Goes On: Toni Cade Bambara

March 25, 2014
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By Gloria I. Joseph, Ph.D. In October 1995, Valerie Boyd conducted an interview with Toni Morrison wherein Morrison described Toni Cade as, … outrageously brilliant…  She had this keen, keen intellect, absolutely on target… intuition — and humor… Morrison’s statement about our very dear sister friend is positively, absolutely correct and I wish to expound on it. Toni Cade Bambara’s talents and intellect were indeed, outstanding.  Her range of...
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Feminists We Love: Toni Cade Bambara

March 25, 2014
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The feminism she gave me is heavy—obliging me both epistemologically and ontologically. For these reasons, I often still wonder if I’m really ready, for, as she once said, "revolution begins with the self, in the self."
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Dark Energy (a poem)

March 25, 2014
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Samiya A. Bashir

By Samiya A. Bashir Reflecting upon Toni Cade Bambara’s timeless novel The Salt Eaters on the occasion of  her 75th birthday anniversary.   Wake from nightmares midchant. Squish sandblown eyes still as death with a hum bird’s beating heart. Shake mammatus thunder from Eton blue to cinnamon to sepia to sand. Will back sleep then wake and stretch infinite as fresh eyeteeth rough as a streak of cubs splashed red as their rapacious nip. Again. ___________________________________ Samiya Bashir is...
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Op-Ed: Colonial Legacies of Africa’s Homophobia: Finding a Narrative That Works for African LGBT Movements

March 23, 2014
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By Val Kalende At a time when more countries are moving toward inclusive human rights, Africa, once called a “dark continent,” is making steps backward. The phrase “dark continent” has evolved in similar ways that “homosexuality” has evolved over time. Initially used as a metaphor for Africa’s thick rain forests, the phrase became a synonym for invisible—that Africa was dark, unmapped, and needed to be discovered. The meaning of Black has...
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Toward a Feminist Politics of De-Criminalization and Abolition: Why We Support Dr. Mireille Miller-Young

March 22, 2014
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By Tamara L. Spira and Heather M. Turcotte We contest the criminalization of UC Santa Barbara feminist studies professor, Dr. Mireille Miller-Young. As feminists dedicated to fostering movements for anti-racist queer positive sexuality, we support Dr. Miller-Young. As feminists who work for the erotic autonomies and collective sexual self-determination of marginalized communities, we support Dr. Miller-Young. As feminists committed to challenging the incessant criminalization, surveillance, and policing of non-normative...
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Mad (at) Men’s March Madness

March 21, 2014
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Dr. Cheryl Cooky writes about March Madness 2014 in order to problematize how media shapes our interests in sport and our cultural beliefs about gender.
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Writing Herstory and Resisting Invisibility: A Review of Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

March 21, 2014
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Cisgender heterosexuals and lesbian/gay/bisexual people too often disregard the lived experiences and interior lives of transgender women and men—even in these queer times. The preferred gender pronouns used by trans men and women tend to be conveniently dropped in favor of forms of misidentification that serve the interests of the identifier and never the needs of the identified. Trans women and men are often subjected to imposing interrogations about...
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Personal is Political: To My BlackTransSistas: A letter of Healing, Reconciliation, and Love

March 20, 2014
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Gabourey Sidibe and Arsenio Hall

Kristen Smith writes an open letter to Black transwomen for #personalIsPoliticalOnTFW, "I am not your part-time ally, only serving when acts against you are so egregious it’s too damn hard to ignore. I am your sister, and you are mine, and we are going to demand more revolutionary acts of love and respect for ALL black women—together."
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Why I Am In Solidarity with Mireille Miller-Young

March 20, 2014
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According to that radical feminist organization, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, domestic terrorism is intended “to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.” Okay, so I really do not believe that the FBI is a radical feminist organization. But when I consider what happened at University of California-Santa Barbara last week when the antichoice, antiwoman group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust brought their graphic signage and deliberate misinformation about abortion,...
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Challenging the “Hard Right” Playbook: In solidarity with Dr. Mireille Miller-Young

March 20, 2014
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The “hard right” playbook on college campuses is all too clear: create a violent spectacle prompting anger and outrage; feign victimhood lamenting the toxic environment of today’s college campuses; focus on the ways that today’s universities attack conservative values, Christianity, and whiteness; call friends at Fox and Talk Radio since “the mainstream media” has shown little concern about the assault on conservative-white-Christian viewpoints from liberal professors; and finally, they...
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Una Marson: An Anti-Colonial, Feminist, Anti-Racist, Pan-Africanist Champion of Good Causes

March 19, 2014
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Una Marson: An Anti-Colonial, Feminist, Anti-Racist, Pan-Africanist Champion of Good Causes

By Lisa Tomlinson No more moaning and groaning No more self-hatred masquerading as integration. No more rejecting your own Ethiop’s child for somebody else’s Barbie doll. You are part of a strong African-Caribbean influenced literary tradition. Affirm your right as an individual, a woman and a writer to be both Black and British. –Una Marson Black cultural critics often acknowledge and celebrate Black political and cultural figures in the...
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