What does it mean to love the skin you’re in? – with Sharon G. Flake, Robin Hickman, and Hawona Sullivan Janzen

*Originally released May 2017

In this episode, host Lissa Jones explores what it means to love the skin you’re in.

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Episode 19 – Author Sharon G. Flake; Artist Robin Hickman and Curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen

In this episode, host Lissa Jones explores what it means to love the skin you’re in. First, she speaks with author Sharon G. Flake, whose 1998 novel, The Skin I’m In, influenced and inspired a generation of young women.

Screen Shot 2018-09-11 at 3.56.49 PMFirst, she speaks with author Sharon G. Flake, whose 1998 novel, The Skin I’m In, influenced and inspired a generation of young women.

Then, Lissa talks with Twin Cities artist Robin Hickman, who created a curriculum inspired by Flake’s novel, and curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen about “Doll Power: Black Dolls and the Power of Play”, an exhibit of Hickman’s work that appeared at North Minneapolis’s UROC Gallery in the Spring of 2017.

 

Go Deeper: Additional Materials

As heard in the episode, Langston Hughes reads his poem “I, Too”

 

More Photos of Robin Hickman’s doll collection: 

Photos: The power of Robin Hickman’s Barbie collection

Robin Hickman has been called a St. Paul “treasure.” She’s a social activist, a TV and film producer, and a long-time leader in the African American community. But what makes Hickman most proud these days is her extensive multicultural doll collection, and how she uses it enhance the lives of others.

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