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Sista Talk Too

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Rochelle Brock

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.

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Talk Two … Prologue to Prologue

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Oshun: Let’s reflect on the past 15 years since you originally published Sista Talk.

Rochelle Brock: Wow so much has happened and changed since 2005. I have gone from being an Assistant Professor at Purdue to Director of The Urban Teacher Education Program at Indiana University to full professor and Chair at University North Carolina Greensboro.

Oshun: Then let’s begin at the beginning—with you as a Black female graduate student.

Rochelle Brock: Well it was interesting. There were days where I felt invisible and I felt that in various classes professors weren’t hearing me, or if they heard me, it didn’t make a damn bit of difference what I said.

Although there were plenty of rough/traumatic times in my graduate experience, I was part of a cohort of Black, Brown, Gay, critical students that all hung out together, so we became each other’s support because all of us ran into the problem of not being heard in class or not being seen in class or just feeling very alienated in the whole academic setting. We were able to talk to each other and depend on each other and lean on each other.

When I was writing my dissertation, there were two other Black females writing theirs at the same time and we actually had a little study group. We called ourselves “The Colored Women’s Dissertation Writing Group.”

When we met, we didn’t do anything with...

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