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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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Appendix A The Methodology of Sista Dialogue: Safe Spaces for Being Us

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Appendix A

The Methodology of Sista Dialogue: Safe Spaces for Being Us

Oshun: Creating a safe space to work through issues that are emotional is paramount to any study and especially one that delves into concepts of self and survival. So, did you allow the women to bask in safety for at least a brief time?

Rochelle: That was my goal and I do believe I succeeded in doing just that. The central method I used was based on the group conversation method which is a culturally relevant qualitative ethnographic strategy used by King and Mitchell in Black Mother to Sons (1995). They state that the group conversation method developed by DuBois and Li (1971) to “reduce social tensions” was revised and adapted by them to “help participants identify shared experiences and to facilitate the discussion of highly personal or deeply felt emotional issues” (King, 1995, p. 3). The group conversation method is a way of knowing and understanding the reality of Black life. In this method African American literature is used to initiate a group discussion and critical reflection about participants’ shared experiences.

Oshun: How did you choose the women of sista dialogue?

Rochelle: The participants were chosen based on their proven ability to grapple with issues pertinent to Black women and those discussed in my study. In fact, the reason I decided to use past students was because they were better able to enter the discussion on a...

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