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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 Four Sista to Sista to Sista: A Story in Three Acts

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Sista to Sista to Sista: A Story in Three Acts

The story takes place in Rochelle’s apartment. All scenes are acted out in her small living room. A neighbor brings over a low-fat banana cake for the group and hurriedly departs with a wish of good luck. The aroma of cooking chili and lavender-scented candles greet the senses upon entering the room. The mood is tense, waiting for what is to come. Stephanie is busy setting up two cameras, each on opposite sides of the room. Strategically placed on the desk and coffee table are small tape recorders. Rochelle paces, then checks the recorders for the hundredth time. The women begin to arrive.

Story One:The Rage Within: Anger and Black Women

It is not the anger of other women that will destroy us but our refusals to stand still, to listen to its rhythms, to learn within it, to move beyond the manner of presentation to the substance, to tap that anger as an important source of empowerment. (Lorde, 1996b, p. 130)

Veronica: Another problem is with the professors. I’ve come across some professors this semester and I feel like I’m fighting every day in these classes and these are professors that have these issues while it’s not blatantly ignorant, it’s just, they’ll say things off their faces and have these goofy smiles and they’re like … At moments I have even no idea where to begin to explain...

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