October 8, 2014
#Classic
My used first edition copy of Tales and Stories for Black Folks, edited by Toni Cade Bambara (1971) arrived today. It is such a shame that this book is out of print.

#Classic
My used first edition copy of Tales and Stories for Black Folks, edited by Toni Cade Bambara (1971) arrived today. It is such a shame that this book is out of print.

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September 30, 2014
"#BlackFeminismLives‬
I don’t find any contradiction or any tension between being a feminist, being a pan-Africanist, being a [B]lack nationalist, being an internationalist, being a socialist, and being a woman in North America. I’m not sensitive enough to people caught in the “contradiction” to be able to unravel the dilemma and adequately speak to the question at this particular point in time. My head is somewhere else… ~ Toni Cade Bambara"

Toni Cade Bambara in conversation with Beverly Guy Sheftall (Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara, ed. Linda Janet Holmes and Cheryl A. Wall, pg 125)

September 29, 2014
Ray Rice, the NFL, Black Men and the Barbarity of Benevolent Patriarchy


"…Benevolent patriarchy has no solution for the violence women experience at the hands of men. Its positions are riddled with contradictions. Benevolent patriarchy’s central mission is to justify male control over the lives of women. In this way it is not an alternative to male domination, but a justification for its barbarity. As long as the Black community silently embraces rhetoric that places a premium on the bodies of Black men at the brutal expense of Black women, we will continue to be caught in this position of indefensible contradiction. Our double standard as a community stares back at us through the battered eyes of Black women who live under a doubly oppressive system of racism and sexism that will tolerate a white California highway cop beating a Black women in broad daylight and a Black professional athlete knocking his Black fiance unconscious in a public elevator…”

http://osayande.org/2014/09/ray-rice-the-nfl-black-men-and-the-barbarity-of-benevolent-patriarchy/

September 17, 2014
This June 2007 photograph of #GraceLeeBoggs, #AndreaJRitchie, and I was taken in in June 2007 at a joint book signing at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, Michigan. Grace was signing her book “Living For Change: An Autobiography,” and Andrea Ritchie and I were signing “Color of Violence: The INCITE Anthology.” We had a great time together. 

Sister Grace is in hospice care. Please keep her in the places that are sacred in your life. She is a living legend, a true American Revolutionary, who, at 99 years of age, has consistently walked the talk of peace, justice, freedom, dignity, hardcore grassroots organizing and intergenerational work for decades. 

If you haven’t seen the PBS Documentary, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, please make it your business to see it: http://americanrevolutionaryfilm.com

Cards and other thoughts are accepted at the Boggs Center, 3061 Field St, Detroit, MI 48214

This June 2007 photograph of #GraceLeeBoggs, #AndreaJRitchie, and I was taken in in June 2007 at a joint book signing at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, Michigan. Grace was signing her book “Living For Change: An Autobiography,” and Andrea Ritchie and I were signing “Color of Violence: The INCITE Anthology.” We had a great time together.

Sister Grace is in hospice care. Please keep her in the places that are sacred in your life. She is a living legend, a true American Revolutionary, who, at 99 years of age, has consistently walked the talk of peace, justice, freedom, dignity, hardcore grassroots organizing and intergenerational work for decades.

If you haven’t seen the PBS Documentary, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, please make it your business to see it: http://americanrevolutionaryfilm.com

Cards and other thoughts are accepted at the Boggs Center, 3061 Field St, Detroit, MI 48214

September 17, 2014
This photograph of Sister #GraceLeeBoggs and I was taken in April 2010 at Uncle Vincent Harding’s home in Denver, CO when we gathered to learn from and share with Sister Grace. 

Sister Grace is in hospice care. Please keep her in the places that are sacred in your life. She is a living legend, a true American Revolutionary, who, at 99 years of age, has consistently walked the talk of peace, justice, freedom, dignity, hardcore grassroots organizing and intergenerational work for decades. 

If you haven’t seen the PBS Documentary, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, please make it your business to see it: http://americanrevolutionaryfilm.com

Cards and other thoughts are accepted at the Boggs Center, 3061 Field St, Detroit, MI 48214

This photograph of Sister #GraceLeeBoggs and I was taken in April 2010 at Uncle Vincent Harding’s home in Denver, CO when we gathered to learn from and share with Sister Grace.

Sister Grace is in hospice care. Please keep her in the places that are sacred in your life. She is a living legend, a true American Revolutionary, who, at 99 years of age, has consistently walked the talk of peace, justice, freedom, dignity, hardcore grassroots organizing and intergenerational work for decades.

If you haven’t seen the PBS Documentary, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, please make it your business to see it: http://americanrevolutionaryfilm.com

Cards and other thoughts are accepted at the Boggs Center, 3061 Field St, Detroit, MI 48214

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September 16, 2014
Acknowledge and celebrate those women and men upon whose shoulders you and your work stand!

Acknowledge and celebrate those women and men upon whose shoulders you and your work stand!

September 16, 2014
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As aggressive acts of white racist violence intensify around us, aimed primarily but not exclusively at Black males (remember Eleanor Bumpers and Yvonne Smallwood)*, violence against Black women, both reported and unreported, intensifies within our communities. It is time to pump up the volume again around this wasteful secret and not hide from it under a cloak of false unity, not turn away from it, believe it will be solved by somebody else.

Black women will no longer accept being slaughtered like sheep on the alters of Black male frustration. On the other hand, we do not want to have to blow away Black men in our own self-defense. So Black women and men must devise ways of working together as a people to end this slaughter. We need each other too much to be destroying each other. We need each other too much, genuinely, as Black people unafraid of each other.

Each one of us can have some input into the lives of young Black boys who are part of our future. Each one of us has a voice than can be heard, and that voice must be used. Every Black person in this country is responsible in some way for teaching our sons that their manhood cannot lie within a pool of Black women’s blood.

And increasingly, there are Black male voices being raised with this lesson. In an extremely thorough and considered study of rape in Black communities, Kalamu ya Salaam noted, “[Black] women revolting and [Black] men made conscious of their responsibility to fight sexism will collectively stop rape.

We need to talk about what we do to each other, no matter what pain and anger may be mined within those conversations. This poem [Need] is as good a place as any to begin. We are too important to each other to waster ourselves in silence.
‘We CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT OUR LIVES’
Audre Lorde,
St. Croix,
August 31, 1989

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Excerpt from: Preface To A New Edition of Need: A Chorale For Black Woman Voices by Audre Lorde

I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings by Audre Lorde, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Notes:

1).Eleanor Bumbpurs, sixty-seven-years-old Black grandmother, [was] murdered in 1984 in her own apartment by New York City housing policemen with a shotgun, during eviction for being one month behind in her rent in public housing. Yvonne Smallwood [was] beaten to death by New York City policemen on a Manhattan street corner over a traffic ticket given to her boyfriend.

2). Kalamu ya Salaam, “Rape: A Radical Analysis from an African-American Perspective, “in Our Women Keep Our Skies from Falling (Nkombo, 1980), 25-41.

September 16, 2014
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As Black people, we cannot begin our dialogue by denying the oppressive nature of male privilege. And if Black males choose to assume that privilege, for whatever reason, raping, brutalizing, and killing women, then we cannot ignore Black male oppression. One oppression does not justify another.

As a people, we should most certainly work together to end our common oppression, and toward a future which is viable for us all. In that context, it is shortsighted to believe that Black men alone are to blame for the above situations, in a society dominated by white male privilege. But the Black male-consciousness must be raised so that he realizes that sexism and woman-hating are critically dysfunctional to his liberation as a Black man because they arise out of the same constellation that engenders racism and homophobia., a constellation of intolerance for difference. Until this is done, he will view sexism and the destruction of Black women only as tangential to the cause of Black liberation rather than as central to that struggle, and as long as this occurs, we will never be able to embark upon that dialogue between Black women and Black men that is so essential to our survival as a people. And this continued blindness between us can only serve the oppressive system within which we live. ~ Audre Lorde, 1979

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My Words Will Be There (originally written in 1979)

I Am Your Sister: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Oxford Press, 2009)

September 15, 2014
Re-Membering the 51st Anniversary of A White Supremacist Terrorist Attack in Birmingham, Alabama

Fifty-One Years  ago today (September 15, 2014) a #Terrorist Organization (Ku Klux Klan) bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama. The church was destroyed and four young girls — Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins- were murdered. There was a fifth young girl who was not murdered but severely injured. She is now an adult still living with PTSD. Her name is Sarah Collins Rudolph and she is Addie Mae Collins’ cousin. Last year, Democracy Now! interviewed Sarah Collins Rudolph on the 50th anniversary of this #WhiteSupremacistTerrorist attack because she has never received any compensation for the physical, mental, and emotional effects from the bombing.

Let Us NEVER FORGET that TERRORISM has been an integral part of the fiber of the United States since its founding, which began with the brutal confiscation of Indigenous land, the Genocide of Indigenous Peoples and the Enslavement of African People for centuries.

 JUSTICE for Sarah Collins Rudolph!!!!

September 10, 2014

Serena Williams is beautiful and powerful. #Flawless

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