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UnCommon Bonds

Women Reflect on Race and Friendship


Edited By Kersha Smith and Marcella Runell Hall

UnCommon Bonds is a collection of essays written by women representing multiple identities; all uniquely addressing the impactful experiences of race, ethnicity, and friendship in the context of the United States. The essays unapologetically explore the challenges of developing and maintaining cross-racial friendships between women. A primary goal of this book is to resist simplifying cross-racial friendships. Instinctively, the editors believe that there is a unique joy and pain in these relationships that is rarely easy to summarize. The essays reflect narratives that challenge assumptions, disclose deep interpersonal struggles, and celebrate the complex sisterhood between women across racial lines.

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Allia Abdullah-Matta is an Associate Professor of English at CUNY LaGuardia Community College. Her scholarship primarily focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century African/African Diaspora literature and visual culture. As an educator and writer, she strives to address the power and the politics of creative expression and voice as essential instruments of social justice practice and transformation.

Felice Belle is a poet, playwright, and pop culture enthusiast. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University, an M.A. in Individualized Study from New York University’s Gallatin School, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Long Island University.

Amber Buggs lives in Southern California and is a higher education professional within the University of California system. She is a proud alumna of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and New York University where she earned a Master of Arts degree in humanities and social thought.

JLove Calderón is an art-ivist, author, and conscious TV, film and digital producer and director who has spent over two decades working on issues of social justice, race and gender. ← 221 | 222 →

Paulette Dalpes has 30 years of experience as a Student Affairs professional, including 18 years working at community colleges. Her career in student affairs includes senior-level and systems administration; facilitating federally funded TRiO grant programs; training and development on issues of diversity and inclusion; and work in residential life at large universities. Dr. Dalpes is the...

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