BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Signifyin’ and Testifyin’ Black Storytellers Alliance presents the 32nd Annual Black Master Storytellers Festival

Three amazing events, 3 venues, family friendly. Free and open to the public. Different stories every night. If you live in the Twin Cities, join in person. Or tune in to the live stream from around the world. Thursday, September 22, 2022 Grand Opening, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, Perpich Center for Arts Education Friday, September …

Episode 67 – Megan Giddings, The Women Could Fly

“ I don't think that there's any neutral for people. I think people see Black women in extremes” Megan Giddings Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times—a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young …

Author Kristin Henning: The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth 

“I will never forget the day that I walked into that courthouse and I encountered a group of young boys in the hallway chained together at their arms and legs. I had no idea that we shackled children in contemporary America." The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth, by Kristin Henning (Pantheon) In The …

Andrea Jenkins on The T is Not Silent and intersections of art and politics

" To change hearts and minds, we have to touch people's hearts and minds. Some of the most influential changes that have happened in our society come through creative processes...," says Andrea Jenkins in response to Lissa's question about the role of art in her political life. Andrea Jenkins is the author of the poetry …

Special Edition: From the Archives J.California Cooper Remembered presented by Beverly Cottman

J. California Cooper In this episode we honor the work of playwright and author J. California Cooper with a selection of recordings from her appearance at the 2011 Givens Literary Luncheon in Minneapolis, sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Our host for this episode is Beverly Cottman, storyteller and teaching artist, who was at …

Special Edition: Race to Write: Black Authors on America’s Racial Reckoning

In this episode, the tables turn and Lissa Jones is in the spotlight. Lissa joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver, host of Workin' It Out Podcast to discuss the role of Black authors and literature in the current racial reckoning in her hometown of Minneapolis and across the country.  In this Episode The impact of poet Amanda …

Author Jayne Allen: Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

“In a gorgeously complex life full of challenges, it is tempting to think that struggle somehow makes us unworthy, rather than qualifying us for something greater.” In Black Girls Must Die Exhausted, author Jayne Allen shares relatable, real-life experiences of the lead character Tabitha Walker, a young professional who knows what she wants with a …