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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 B The Boring but Necessary Stuff

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Appendix B

The Boring but Necessary Stuff

The Participants*

I did not have to search through my memory more than a few moments to decide who I wanted to participate in sista dialogue. I chose eight past Black female students from my class The African American Woman and Racism and Sexism who exhibited the qualities I wanted to discuss in this study. All of the women, despite their struggles, are succeeding academically in college and place an emphasis on academic excellence. They had been active participants in class, engaging in class discussion and creating a challenging learning environment for all students.

1. Grace. I have known Grace since the summer of 1997 when she took Racism and Sexism 103 from me. After that class I kept in touch with Grace and interviewed her for a paper presented at the American Educational Research Association 1998 annual meeting in San Diego, California. Grace took The African American Woman this semester and also worked as my teaching assistant.** Throughout the two years we met occasionally on campus for lunch and Grace attended several of the parties I gave students at my home. She also participated in the preliminary focus group I held at the insistence of several students who were unable to participate in the final study. Grace’s parents are divorced and during conversations of the last two years she constantly mentions her mother but seldom remarks on ←135 | 136→her father. A graduating senior,...

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