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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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Dreaming of Revolution: My Struggle to Understand the Assault on Blackness

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Dreaming of Revolution

My Struggle to Understand the Assault on Blackness

I dream a revolution. I dream that the world, or at least the United States, has a transformation of mind, spirit, and body. In my dream of revolution, we destroy all of the institutions that have screwed with Black people since time began for us in this land. Without my dream I feel hopeless. Like what is happening to my people is abiding, ageless, amaranthine, boundless, ceaseless, constant, continual, continued, continuous, dateless, deathless, enduring, everlasting, forever, illimitable, immemorial, immortal, immutable, imperishable, incessant, indefinite, indestructible, infinite, interminable, lasting, never ending, perdurable, permanent, perennial, perpetual, persistent, relentless, termless, timeless, unbroken, unceasing, undying, unending, unfading, uninterrupted, unremitting, without end.

This morning I awoke early feeling consumed by anger and hurt and frustration. As I sat by my computer wondering what to write to make it all go away, my mind kept returning to the fact that, while powerful, can they really be crafted in a way that will make the situation with my Black brothers and sisters in Ferguson, Cleveland, Florida, New York, everywhere, into something better? And then what do I even mean by better? For many, if not most, the situation was dire prior to the various verdicts or nonverdicts. Why? I know the answer but, then again, maybe I do not. And now, this week, I watch the news and listen to the radio and I read the paper and my heart cries...

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