Litquake & Oakland Public Library present LET HER TELL IT! Black Women Healing Through Writing
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.
A reading followed by a Q & A discussion featuring Kira Lynne Allen, Jeneé Darden, Natalie Devora, Dr. Adrienne Danyelle Oliver and Kelechi Ubozoh.
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, intent on making people uncomfortable with silence.
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, love and sex as a Black woman.
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.
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.
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. Her work is published in an Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers & Artists of Color, called Endangered Species, Enduring Values. We've Been Too Patient is her first book with co-editor L.D. Green.
Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Wolfman Books.