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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 Seven The End of My Beginning

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Seven

The End of My Beginning

Oshun: Rochelle, after all is said and done, researched and analyzed, debated and discussed, theorized and practiced, has your pain gone away? In other words, did you theorize away the pain?

Rochelle: No. There is a part of me that feels that I have written pages of rubbish. The only thing I have theorized is my way into a book and perhaps tenure. Beyond that I don’t know.

Oshun: Aren’t you being a little too hard on yourself? Putting yourself up to some infeasible standard of perfection?

Rochelle: Maybe, but I feel deep within my soul that the standard has to be reached. It’s not just a matter of finishing this book. You know, fodder for the cannon. What I’ve been attempting to talk about for the last 118 pages is survival and strength. Making it despite all odds.

Oshun: Well haven’t you been? You did not provide a recipe for survival but who can? I believe a cookbook of survival is futile. What you used last week as a weapon against attack may not work today.

Rochelle: You’re right but still …

Oshun: I know you wanted to provide a prescription for racism to your readers.

Rochelle: When I first thought of this topic, a lifetime ago, that is exactly what I had envisioned. I wanted Black women especially to be able to read this and...

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