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.
The first edition of Sista Talk began as my dissertation and ended as what I hoped and prayed would be useful to Black women everywhere. As I worked on the second edition of Sista Talk I have been helped, mentored, and bullied by many wonderful friends and colleagues. How can I adequately thank and acknowledge the countless people who in some way have contributed their time, patience, strength, critique, and spirit so that I could write and bring to life a part of my life story? The answer is I can’t do justice and there will be some I forget to mention by name so I will instead say an overall mega big THANKS to all those friends who have been part of this book—you know who you are.
I express my deepest gratitude to the faculty, staff and students at Indiana University Northwest and University of North Carolina Greensboro for their words of wisdom and continued support. To the students who took my classes in the Urban Teacher Education Program at Indian University Northwest and Cultural Foundations classes at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, I give a major “shout out.” Each and every one of you in some way pushed me a little farther and deeper into understanding what was needed in my pedagogy. It is because of what you taught me about teaching that I was able to become better at my craft.
To the women of Sista Dialogue. Although...
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