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.
Continuing the Conversation: Sistas Are Still Talkin’
LaToya Brown and Erica-Brittany Horhn
LaToya and Erica-Brittany were introduced to Sista Talk in a course called Passionate Pedagogies, which was taught by Dr. Silvia Bettez. With her famous chili and words of wisdom, Dr. Brock attended the class for a discussion of her work. When asked if they would contribute to the second edition of this book, they were delighted. In the spirit of Dr. Brock’s book, what follows is another dialogue between friends. A sista talk continued:
Erica: LaToya, when we read this book for class, I remember you and your group prepared the discussion for that evening. From that perspective, what was it like to read Sista Talk?
LaToya: I was immediately drawn to Sista Talk because of my interest in Black feminist theory. I really enjoyed this book because I felt like it spoke to me. Dr. Brock chose a dialogical-style method, which envelopes the reader into the conversation and makes them feel like she is speaking directly to them. For me, this is what made the book an easy read.
Erica: I must admit, I was one of the students that had a hard time with the style of the book. I don’t know if you remember, but the first question I asked ←121 | 122→Dr. Brock in class was about the writing style of the book. As students, we are so used to “a certain structure” when it comes to academic writing that we...
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