Doors @ 6:30
A Conversation on Barack Obama 10 Years Later, Donald Trump’s Presidency, and the Future of America.
Featuring KEVIN POWELL Activist, public speaker, and author of 13 books, including his latest My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man. (Atria Books; On-Sale September 4th)
TIM WISE Anti-racism educator and author of 7 books on race, including White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (Soft Skull Press)
As the world reflects on the 10th Anniversary of Barack Obama’s historical election, America still lives in a time of confusion because of a nation that’s divided like never before and continues to become more multicultural than ever. Join writer, public speaker, and activist Kevin Powell as he addresses urgent conversations like race, sexual violence, poverty, and identity with keenness and compassion in MY MOTHER. BARACK OBAMA. DONALD TRUMP. AND THE LAST STAND OF THE ANGRY WHITE MAN (Atria Books; Hardcover; On Sale September 4, 2018; 978-1-5011-9880-9).
“Kevin Powell’s writing never fails to be both profoundly insightful and brilliantly inciting. His words are unassuming daggers, piercing the skin of racism in America, gender inequality, misogyny, and the socio-political impact of our greatest icons while expertly avoiding clichés and pretension. His work provides a compassionate examination of our contemporary ethos, and inspires us to move beyond apathy into full social accountability.” —DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU, Obie Award-winning playwright
“Hip-hop has been the most influential cultural force of the last fifty years and no writer has understood its power quite like Kevin Powell. It's not just music. It's a lens to understand the world and Kevin Powell wields it to further our understanding of racism, manhood, and our troubled political times. Make no mistake about it: whether writing about Harvey Weinstein, his mother, or American football, this book is hip-hop in the best sense of the phrase, in that it challenges the reader to step outside of themselves. Powell takes us to a place beyond the beats. It's a place most fear to tread, but if we hope to salvage this country, it's a place we all need to understand." —DAVE ZIRIN, writer and editor for The Nation
"Kevin Powell thoughtfully weaves together the connective tissue between gender, race, sexuality, pop culture, and sports through a series of raw, incredibly personal essays. He masterfully uses his own life experiences to force us to take an uncomfortable look at how we’ve been conditioned to adopt, accept, and extend the unfortunate American traditions of hate and violence.” —JEMELE HILL, ESPN anchor, commentator, writer