Now that we have escaped Winter's vicious death grip, the time has come for me to journey out of 1998, Virginia and return to Nueva York to work, eat, play, dance, collaborate, eat and flourish tank-toppingly. And to eat.
The first Colored Boy and Friends event this past March was great. Hungry for fellowship and eager to put faces to the names I've seen around Internetland for so long, I decided to gather homies, writerly colleagues, readers and homies of homies in one place for a night of shit-talking, music, and and magic in a bar in Manhattan. Performance artist André D. Singleton and I talked about Brazil, life, and lessons learned after beating a major illness (he survived cancer; I survived lupus). Shernita Anderson, the gorgeous and hilarious dancer/teacher/event host, opened up about her professional work, the woes of street harassment, and the unspeakable horror of (dancing in) kitten heels. I also discussed beard growth, writing while Black, and the importance of personal essays with Mic's new senior editor, writer and educator Darnell Moore (writer/editor/educator).
I had so much fun, I decided to do it again, but without that whole snow-covered city thing happening. For this Spring 2015 edition of Colored Boy and Friends, I have invited three talented women whose work I adore to join me onstage for some good ol' storytelling, introspection, and lively Q&A. And just like last time, I'll also be reading a brand new essay.
Writer and media personality Demetria Lucas D'Oyley is the voice behind A Belle In Brooklyn and author of A Belle In Brooklyn: The Go-To-Guide For Living Your Best Single Life and the recently released Don't Waste Your Pretty: The Go-To-Guide For Making Smarter Decisions In Life & Love. In addition to her work as at an editor at Essence, Harlequin, and BET Books, she has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, People, VIBE, XXL, Black Enterprise and ESPN the Magazine. Demetria has appeared on programs such as the Oprah Radio Show, Good Day New York, The Anderson Cooper Show, and The Today Show.
More Demetria: Twitter | Instagram | The Root
World traveler and entrepreneur Cherae Robinson is working to elevate conversations around Africa by disrupting what the world thinks about travel on the continent. Her latest brainchild, Tastemakers Africa, is a multi-platform brand offering recommendations and exclusives on everything from hotels and spas to restaurants, shopping, and excursions in almost 20 bustling African cities. For over a decade, she has worked on projects that connect tourism, economic development, agriculture, sustainability, and digital engagement for organizations like the CDC, WHO, CARE, and Keep A Child Alive. As a speaker, Cherae enjoys engaging audiences on African economic trends, African-American issues, travel, diversity in international careers and balancing motherhood and global ambition.
More Cherae: Twitter | Instagram | Rare Customs
Clover Hope is a writer, editor and pop culture lover whose work has appeared in publications such as Essence, ESPN The Magazine, Wired, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, KING, and GIANT. She has served as deputy editor at VIBE, a senior editor at XXL, and an online editor at Billboard. Clover is now a staff writer for Jezebel, where she covers everything from "A Different World" and Cookie Monster to Scandal and "The Overwhelming Blackness of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly."
More Clover: Twitter | Instagram | Jezebel
161 W 22nd St (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.)
New York, NY 10011
Friday May 15, 2015
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Pre-Event Happy Hour Meet Greet with Alexander Hardy (optional)
8 - 10 PM
Tickets & Info:
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