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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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Chapter Two A Conversation with My Goddess Oshun: A Theoretical Framework in the Making

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A Conversation with My Goddess Oshun:

A Theoretical Framework in the Making

Oshun: A tapestry of hope and humanity. That sounds wonderful.

Rochelle: Yes, to remain hopeful is wonderful and it is through teaching that I see that hope. Well not simply see but realize its significance. To me, realizing denotes something more proactive than seeing. There is action in realizing.

Oshun: Tell me how you are making sense of your study.

Rochelle: I am using a variety of assumptions to theorize away the pain of Black women although the main theories will be those developed by African American women scholars for the study of African American phenomena. The first (and perhaps central) framework is Black feminist thought.

Oshun: Feminist not Womanist?

Rochelle: This is going to get confusing now. Black feminist thought is a framework that has been theorized by sisters since the 1970s. These Black women have specifically utilized the phrase “Black feminist thought” and therefore when talking about their theories I, too, use that phrase. Now on another level I use “womanist” and specifically “Afriwomanist” when I write about how I have internalized the concepts and theories of other Black women. I have struggled with the two concepts since I first came into my own Black female consciousness. I have vacillated between the two for several years and just recently I have come to accept “womanist” above “feminist.” I listen,...

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