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The Other Black Girl Collective at Berkeley Books

July 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

From their website,

“The Other Black Girl Collective is a Brooklyn-based black feminist poetry duo comprised of nationally acclaimed award winning authors Angel Nafis and Morgan Parker. Despite popular belief, we are not actually the same person. We aim to celebrate black female expression and sisterhood, honor and highlight the multiplicity of the black female experience, and push against tropes and stereotypes that smother and limit us, from Pootie Tang to Olivia Pope. Our work, deeply personal and individual, explores 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, pop culture, femininity, family and politics. With energy, brutal honesty, dark humor, anger and pride, we aim to create a new Black Girl mythology– one centered around possibility and freedom. Queer and straight, hailing from the suburban West and the urban Midwest, we revel in and cherish our incongruity as much as our sameness. Each of us has a rich and sustained writing career, yet we feel the urgent and immediate need to build a professional coalition. In what we refer to as “The Second Age of Black Churches Burning” or “The Post-Beyonce Era of Racial Fatigue,” we understand that now, more than ever, it is critical for us to find genius in our alliance. In an age when a young black girl can encounter police brutality at a pool party or being pulled over for a traffic violation, when “black women killed by police” follows “black women stereotypes” in a Google search, our vision and mission as artists could not be any clearer. We are finished being the only black woman– or worse, the only person of color– in a lineup for a poetry reading. We’re finished being the alternative to each other. We want to be called by our names.”


July 26, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Berkeley Books of Paris


Berkeley Books of Paris
8, rue Casimir Delavigne
Paris, 75006 France
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