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Monday, October 14 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Let Her Tell It! Black Women Healing Through Writing

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People love the sassy, strong Black female character. From Florence on The Jeffersons to Cookie on Empire, she is someone who is entertaining, admired, even feared. Contrary to these images, Black women aren’t made of vibranium. Instead of expecting them to be emotionally invincible, it's time for an honest discussion about the challenges impacting Black women's mental health, such as high rates of domestic violence, stress, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Featuring readings from Kira Lynne Allen, Jeneé Darden, Natalie Devora, Adrienne Danyelle Oliver, and Kelechi Ubozoh. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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Kira Lynne Allen

Kira Lynne Allen is founder, facilitator and author of Write This Second; her poetic memoir meant to sound an alarm that both reveals and disrupts the roots of rape culture. Where she comes from poetry is an urgent, truth-telling, visceral art, filled with cadence and intuition... Read More →
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Jeneé Darden

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, mental health advocate and proud Oakland native. At KALW, she covers East Oakland and hosts the arts segment Sights & Sounds. Jenee blogs at CocoaFly.com. Her book, When a Purple Rose Blooms, is about her experience with mental health... Read More →
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Natalie Devora

Natalie Devora writes about race and identity. She is the author of Black Girl White Skin: A Life In Stories.  She is a 2019 featured author through American Association of University Women, AAUW, Alameda CA. She is an albinism activist, raising awareness through storytelling.
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Dr. Adrienne Danyelle Oliver

Dr. Adrienne Danyelle Oliver, MFA, EdD, is a writer and educator living in Oakland, CA. She is published in Storytelling, Self & Society (Wayne State University Press 2018), is a VONA fellow, and leads a virtual writing and healing circle for Black women.
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Kelechi Ubozoh

Kelechi Ubozoh is a nationally recognized Nigerian-American writer and mental health advocate whose story is featured in The S Word documentary, O Magazine, CBS This Morning with Gayle King, and Good Morning America.  She runs MoonDrop Productions, a quarterly Bay Area reading series... Read More →

Monday October 14, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Oakland Public Library