The Invisibility of Asian Americans

March 28, 2014
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By Grace Ji-Sun Kim Where is the public face of Asian Americans in our society? As we follow the case of Kenneth Bae, the only Asian American faces we see on the television news are those of Kenneth Bae and his family. Relatively few Asian American analysts, commentators or advocates (with the exceptions of Connie Chung, Julie Chen, Ann Curry, Sanjay Gupta, and Kaity Tong) appear on the news...
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Personal is Political: A Feminist Defense of Cinderella

March 27, 2014
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Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin explores the relationship between feminism and princess culture for #personalIsPoliticalOnTFW, "When we completely and totally reject princess culture, we limit our daughters from a full exploration of their gender and femininity. I find this quite ironic, since many of my 'mommies of girls' friends worry that by exposing their daughters to princesses they will limit their future ambitions to only dressing up and searching for a man...
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Poetry by Teré Fowler-Chapman

March 26, 2014
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Truth levitated like smoke Thoughts came from the depth of our bellies Rose and set like a fresh breath in   Out of all the names left hanging on trees Burned on crosses Torn at the mercy of animals teeth   Out of all the names gunned down in the name of God Raped out of existence Lashings breaking them into death brutally   Out of all the names...
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Personal is Political: On Why My Girlfriend and I Got Hitched & No One Was Invited

March 25, 2014
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Jenny Kurzweil writes about the same-sex marriage movement for #personalIsPoliticalOnTFW, "But why do we have to call it marriage in the first place? The very word has such deep religious connotations. In my opinion, the religious sanctity of marriage is just a cover up for it being an institution of patriarchy that had absolutely nothing to do with God and love and everything to do with property rights, making...
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Rage and Meditation: Celebrating Toni Cade Bambara’s 75th Birthday

March 25, 2014
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Word libation in honor of Toni Cade Bambara’s genius: The task of the artist is determined always by the status and process and agenda of the community that it already serves. If you’re an artist who identifies with, who springs from, who is serviced by or drafted by a bourgeois capitalist class then that’s the kind of writing you do. Then your job is to maintain status quo, to...
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One Thing: Toni Cade Bambara in the Speaking Everyday

March 25, 2014
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 Toni Cade Bambara is a life saver.  Expert on Black women’s creative and spiritual practice, Akasha Gloria Hull says that Bambara’s enduring work The Salteaters induces and perhaps requires a mind altering state in order to allow a reader to be present to all the levels on which the text operates at once. I would add that the experience of reading Toni Cade Bambara’s work, hearing her voice, living in...
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Toni Cade Bambara: ‘. . . an uptown Griot’

March 25, 2014
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By Cheryl Clarke In March 2005, Cheryl Clarke was the featured keynote speaker at Spelman College’s Women’s Research and Resource Center’s Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference. The Feminist Wire is elated to offer here the 2014 edited version of her previously unpublished talk on the occasion of Bambara’s 75th birthday anniversary. Toni Cade Bambara: “. . . an uptown Griot learned from the street’s memory the corniness of...
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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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TCB

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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