In Sista Talk Too, Rochelle Brock brings meaningful new material which evokes and updates her past examination of Black women in today’s culture. The first Sista Talk: The Personal and the Pedagogical is an inquiry into the questions of how Black women define their existence in a society which devalues, dehumanizes, and silences their beliefs. Placing herself inside of the research, Rochelle Brock invited the reader on a journey of self-exploration, as she and seven of her Black female students investigate their collective journey toward self-awareness in the attempt to liberate their minds and souls from ideological domination. Throughout, Sista Talk attempted to understand the ways in which this self-exploration informs her pedagogy. Combining Black feminist and Afrocentric theory with critical pedagogy, Sista Talk Too frames the parameters for an Afrowomanist pedagogy of wholeness for teaching Black students and strength in dealing with an unpredictable and often unstable view of the future. Rochelle Brock brings us something to be remembered by, chapters and writings from students and colleagues to help us survive and thrive in this world…all in the spirit of love, life, and Oshun.
Words Spoken Beforehand
Shirley R Steinberg
Over a decade and a half ago, Black feminist theory added another Elder when Rochelle Brock shared Sista Talk with us. Her to-the-gut truths have echoed through our souls, our cities, our schools, and our lives. Rochelle begins this new edition by revisiting Oshun, responding to questions about her personal and pedagogical progress. As she recollects her life movements from graduate student to professoring, and then to administration, we join her in honesty, reflection, and the notion of journey. Sista Talk began by reflecting on graduate school, critical pedagogies, urban education, and joining the academy as a Black female. In this second edition, Professor Brock adds to her story and journey, which becomes a quintessential Every Black Woman’s path in many ways. Centuries ago, forced journeys began, as millions were stolen from West Africa and enslaved … reflection and stories were forbidden, and over half a millennia later, finding voice, safety, and permanency continues to remain impossible for African Americans.
Black female professoring has been the second line to the band of ivory tower American academics since Black females have been allowed to fall into the march. Making up the strength and power of the music, the second line follows behind. Black feminist theorists have spent decades in their journeys to overtake steps to the front and join in the band. Blocked by the metaphorical instruments of Whiteness, privilege, and sexism, moving up to full first line status is a continual struggle....
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