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"Who's going to sing a black girl's song?": A Conversation on Black Girlhood

  • Barnard College: Barnard Hall, James Room 3009 Broadway New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Distinguished Barnard alumnae Asali Solomon and Alexis Gumbs read from their novels, stories, and poems as prelude to a discussion about the pleasures and dangers of black girlhood. Asali Solomon is the author of the recently published, critically acclaimed novel Disgruntled—a coming-of-age story centering on Kenya, a daughter of black nationalists who finds herself navigating both radical politics and elite white educational institutions on her way to adulthood—and Get Down!, a collection of short stories. Alexis Gumbs, queer black troublemaker, black feminist love evangelist, time traveller and space cadet, is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind intergalactic community school, and was recently named one of “6 Scholars Currently Reimaging Black Politics” by The Nation.