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Dr. Tara T. Green and Monet Noelle Marshal: A Conversation on Black Women Defining Pleasure

Dr. Tara T. Green reads from and discusses See Me Naked: Black Women Defining Pleasure in the Interwar Era, on the extraordinary lives of Lena Horne, Moms Mabley, Yolande DuBois, and Memphis Minnie. Black women who enjoyed pleasure as they gave pleasure to both those in their lives and to the public at large. Durham's beloved Monet Noelle Marshall - artist and cultural organizer, joins Dr. Green in conversation.

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Poetry Reading and Discussion: Thresh & Hold with Marlanda Dekine and Tyree Daye

Marlanda Dekine reads from and discusses Thresh & Hold, their dynamic debut collection which covers themes relating to ancestry, memory, and the process of staying within one’s own body. What does it mean, Marlanda asks, to be a Gullah-Geechee descendant from a rural place where a third of the nation's founding wealth was harvested by trafficked West and Central Africans? Fellow poet Tyree Daye, author of the collection Cardinal joins Marlanda in discussion.

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Rofhiwa Presents: Muzi INTERBLAKTIC Tour

Part of his Interblaktic - North America Tour,  South African Dj-Producer-Musician  will play at THE PINHOOK on Saturday June, 25 - with support from Durham's beloved Dj Gemynii. A self-declared Afrofuturist, Muzi offers the world glimpses of the future, wielding sound to suggest alternative universes and encounters with our best and dreaming selves. A new generation of South African sound. A bold vision of African music. 

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Book Launch: Break This House with Candice Iloh and Kwame Mbalia

June 1 - We are thrilled to host the launch of Break This Housea prose novel about a teenager reckoning with her family’s–and her home town’s–secrets. Please join us as author of Break This House, Candice Iloh talks to New York Times Bestselling author, Kwame Mbalia. This is a virtual event, live on Crowdcast and free with registration. 

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Book Launch: The Fire That Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation

The book launch of  The Fire That Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation and engage in conversation with the editors, Ronald Cummings and Nalini Mohabir, and contributors, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nigel Westmaas, and Michael O. West, whose chapters raise questions and reflect on the unfinished business of Black radical protest. Essayist and novelist, Panashe Chigumadzi will moderate.

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Book Launch: America, Goddam: Violence, Black Women and the Struggle for Justice

We are thrilled to host the launch of America, Goddam: Violence, Black Women and the Struggle for Justice which explores the combined force of anti-Blackness, misogyny, patriarchy and capitalism in the lives of Black Women and girls in the United States. Please join us as author of America, Goddam, Treva B. Lindsey talks to Melissa Harris-Perry, media host, and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America. This is an in-person event. 

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Book Launch: The Sex Lives of African Women, with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Deesha Philyaw

April 12 - We are thrilled to host the launch of the ground breaking collection of intimate accounts and stories of pleasure and sexual freedom from African women across the globe, The Sex Lives of African Women. Please join us in conversation with author of the  Sex Lives of African Women, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah who will share our virtual platform with the incomparable Deesha Philway, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. In her review of the The Sex Lives of African Women, Philyaw described the book as a marvelous "collection of raw, tender stories [that] captures the breath and depth of the Diaspora with the intimacy of looking in a mirror." 

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Chronicling The Hip-Hop South: In Conversation with Regina Bradley, Dasan Ahanu and Kyesha Jennings

March 18 - In collaboration with The Kitchen and Carolina Performing Arts, we are thrilled to host Chronicling The Hip-Hop South, a conversation between Regina Bradley, Dasan Ahanu and Kyesha Jennings on Southern Hip-Hop and Black Southern culture more broadly. Regina Bradley will speak about her book Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South which she has stated, she envisions as "a blueprint to have a more complex conversation about Southern hip-hop." 

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The Quarter Storm: Book Launch with Veronica G. Henry and Cadwell Turnbull

March 4 -The launch of Veronica G. Henry's sophomore novel The Quarter Storm, the story of Haitian Vodou Priestess Mambo Raina who  must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds sacred. Veronica G. Henry will be in conversation with Caldwell Turnball, author of the novel No Gods No Monsters.

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Don't Cry For Me: Virtual Book Launch with Daniel Black and Gabriel Bump

February 10 - We are thrilled to host the launch of Daniel Black's novel Don't Cry For Me, a monumental novel about one family grappling with love's hard edges and the unexpected places where hope and healing take flight. This, our first event of the year, marks the beginning of our Black History Month programming. Daniel Black will be in conversation with Gabriel Bump, author of the novel Everywhere You Don't Belong. 

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Shackled Freedom Anniversary Celebration: Poetry and Conversation with Dasan Ahanu

December 12 - A  celebration of the one year anniversary of Shackled Freedom: Black Living in the Modern American South. Dasan Ahanu will share from the poetry collection and sit down with Omisade Burney for a conversation exploring inspiration, community and craft. With performances by guest poets Wildperfection and Sh8kes.


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Passing: Film Screening and Conversation with Karla Holloway and Blair Kelley

December 2 & 3 - Karla Holloway and Blair Kelley discuss the Netflix adaptation of Nella Larsen's 1929 novel, Passing which explores the complicated intersection between race, class and culture through two women's experiences of passing in 1920s New York. Join us for this spirited conversation which will be preceded by a Rofhiwa in-store screening of Passing - the film. Holloway is the author of the novel A Death in Harlem which Kirkus Reviews described as the "the spiritual successor to Nella Larsen's 1929 novel..." Blair Kelley is a historian of the African American experience who is active both in an outside the academy. She was highlighted as one of the "top tweeting historians" by History News Network.

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Khalisa Rae: Poetry Reading and Conversation

Nov 19 - An evening of poetry and conversation with  debut author of Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat, Khalisa Rae, at her Rofhiwa Book Cafe book signing with some of the best and brightest poetry talents Durham has to offer. 

 


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Poetry Reading and Discussion: Afrofuturism, Black Comics and Superhero Poetry

Nov 3 -Editors Cynthia Manick, Len Lawson, and Gary Jackson read from and discuss The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry, a groundbreaking collection highlighting work from poets who have written verse within the growing tradition of Afrofuturism.

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Film Screening: Through The Night

Nov 12 - Through the Night is a cinema verité portrait of three working NY mothers whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center: a mother working the overnight shift as an essential worker at a hospital; another holding down three jobs to support her family; and a woman who for over two decades has cared for the children of parents with nowhere else to turn.

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Virtual Book Talk: Things I Have Withheld, Kei Miller and Xavier Livermon

October 29 - A celebration of award winning Jamaican novelist and poet Kei Miller's collection of essays, Things I have Withheld.  Kei Miller will be in conversation with UC Santa Cruz Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Xavier Livermon.

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Everybody in the Red Brick Building: Virtual Book Launch

October 15 - For this conversation, we are joined by author, Anne Wynter and illustrator, Oge Mora whose incredible illustrations perfectly meet Wynter's exquisite onomatopoeia in this fabulous book. Can’t wait!

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ERASURE OF BLACK THOUGHT: A CONVERSATION ABOUT CRITICAL RACE THEORY WITH BLACK ACADEMICS AND WRITERS

October 1 - “Erasure of Black Thought” will be a conversation among Black academics that unpacks the current challenges to freedom of expression in schools, colleges, and the public sphere in regards to racism, history, and diversity (i.e. critical race theory). The event will offer a clear-eyed view of the current slate of censorious threats, while also providing concrete action items to push back against them.

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Belly of The Beast: Da'Shaun L. Harrison Book Talk

Aug 26 - We are thrilled to host our very first in-person book talk with Da'Shaun L. Harrison on August 26, 2021! Da’Shaun Harrison – a fat, Black, disabled, and nonbinary trans writer–offers an incisive, fresh, and precise exploration of anti-fatness as anti-Blackness, foregrounding the state-sanctioned murders of fat Black men and trans and nonbinary masculine people in historical analysis. 

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Black Boy Joy Launch Event

Aug 3 - We are elated to host the launch event for Black Boy Joy on August 3, 2021. Black Boy Joy is an upcoming middle grade anthology, edited by Kwame Mbalia, NC-based author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. We are joined by a powerhouse team of authors and contributors to Black Boy Joy: BB Alston, Don P. Hooper, George M. Johnson, Justin A. Reynolds, and of course, Kwame Mbalia. 

These are today’s top and rising-star Black authors who have contributed genre-spanning stories to this fresh and vital middle-grade anthology about the joys and complexities of Black boyhood. Can’t wait!


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