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The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

Black Market Reads is a menu for Black literary consumption and all of its spin-offs. Featuring Black artists who love to read and write and engage in arts and culture. PRODUCER: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature PRODUCTION SERVICES: iDream.tv SEASON TWO & THREE: HOSTED BY Lissa Jones, INTRO/CLOSE Derek Emery SEASON ONE: BMR was originated by Tana Hargest on behalf of The Givens Foundation, HOSTED BY Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus of Free Black Dirt, and other guest hosts as introduced, MUSIC: Sarah White - Through People [M¥K Remix] BMR is made possible through the generous support of our individual donors, Target Foundation, and the voters of Minnesota, through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Episodes

Episode 24 - Duchess Harris, JD. PhD. on Race and Policing
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2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 54:52
Episode 24 - Duchess Harris, JD. PhD. on Race and Policing

Author and Historian Duchess Harris returns to Black Market Reads, this time to speak with host Lissa Jones to discuss her newest book Race and Policing which will be published in September by Abdo Publishing. Duchess and Lissa discuss the complex history of race, policing, and force in america, and Duchess shares exciting news about her upcoming collection from Abdo. This episode also features 'Blank,' an original spoken word piece from local poet Ashley Oliver.

Episode 23 - Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar
41:23
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 41:23
Episode 23 - Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar

In this episode, host Lissa Jones speaks with Erica Armstrong Dunbar about her recent work, Never Caught: The Washington's Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge. Dunbar is an author and historian focusing on the experiences of African American women in the context of slavery, racial injustice, and gender inequality. Today, she is a professor of History at Rutgers University.

Episode 22 - Author James McBride
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2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 22:44
Episode 22 - Author James McBride

In this episode, host Lissa Jones talks with author/musician James McBride at Minneapolis' Ivy Hotel. McBride is the author of five books including Miracle at St. Anna, which McBride adapted for the Spike Lee-directed film of the same name released in 2008. His most recent novel, The Good Lord Bird, won the National Book Award in 2013 and inspired 'A talking music book,' combining pieces from the novel with music performed by McBride and an ensemble of other musicians called the Good Lord Bird Band.

Recordings of The Good Lord Bird: A Talking Music Book were provided by Riverhead Books, and clips were used with their permission.  

Episode 21 Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus American Studies at Macalester College
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2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 34:29
Episode 21 Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus American Studies at Macalester College

A frequent contributor to the opinion pages of both Twin Cities dailies as well as the local Black press, Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati has published dozens of monographs and pamphlets, and has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio, and at a host of community-based conferences and events.

From 1970 to 2003, Professor El-Kati taught many generations of Macalester College students in courses such as “The Black Experience Since World War II,” and “Sports and the African American Community.”

In this episode, host Lissa Jones talks with Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati at Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe in St. Paul, MN.

 

Writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant
42:39
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 42:39
Writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant

In this episode, Host Lissa Jones sits down with Minnesota writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant to discuss the creative process and how the past informs their work and activism.

Holbrook and Grant each contributed an essay to the collection A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota which was published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2016. For more information, and to purchase the collection, visit www.agoodtimeforthetruth.com .

 

Episode 19 - Author Sharon G. Flake; Artist Robin Hickman and Curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen
58:10
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 58:10
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. 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 earlier this year.

Episode 18 - Duchess Harris, JD. PHD with Lissa Jones
44:29
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 44:29
Episode 18 - Duchess Harris, JD. PHD with Lissa Jones

Duchess Harris's grandmother was one of a small group of black women who worked as human computers for NASA in the 1950s, and who have largely been left out space-race narratives--until now. In this episode, Harris sits down with host Lissa Jones to discuss her research on the subject, as well as her personal connection to it, and the importance of exposing these hidden narratives to mainstream historical consciousness.

Duchess Harris, JD PHD is the Chair of American Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She is the author of four books including, most recently, Black Lives Matter and Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA which inspired the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures.

Episode 17 - J.California Cooper Remembered with Beverly Cottman
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2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 46:22
Episode 17 - J.California Cooper Remembered with Beverly Cottman

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 sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Our host for this episode is Beverly Cottman, storyteller and teaching artist, who was at the event.

Ms. Cooper was born in Berkeley, California in 1931.  She was the author of 17 plays and more than 10 works of fiction. Over the course of her career she came to be known as an important voice in the American literary community of the late 20th century, with her work being compared to that of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. She died in Seattle, Washington at the age of 82, but her voice and the characters she shared live on.

Episode 16 - Zetta Elliott with Shannon Gibney
32:23
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 32:23
Episode 16 - Zetta Elliott with Shannon Gibney

Author, playwright, and essayist Zetta Elliott talks with Shannon Gibney about her experiences with the publishing industry that eventually led to the creation of her own independent imprint Rosetta Press. She has published over 20 books for children and young adults, and her plays have been staged across the country. For more information, visit her website www.zettaelliott.com

 

Episode 15 Book Club with "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty
45:29
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 45:29
Episode 15 Book Club with "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty

Special guests Irna Landrum and LaCora Bradford join Erin and Junauda in this week's episode as we gather in a Book Club edition of Black Market Reads to discuss The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Listen up, the read the book, and the NY Times review. Then Like us and Share us and let us know what you think. 

Episode 14 - Bookclub: See No Color by Shannon Gibney
01:01:17
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 01:01:17
Episode 14 - Bookclub: See No Color by Shannon Gibney

On this episode, Erin and Junauda are joined by Namir Fearce and Case Wilson, two youth readers, who got to interview author Shannon Gibney about her debut young adult novel, See No Color.  Readers then discuss the novel's themes, which include transracial adoption, sports, gender, parenting and mixed race identity. We had to talk about Macklemore's education on white privilege and Chelsea Handler's exploration of racism, so that happened, too.  

Read See No Color and let us know what you think.

We love our listeners. Share the love and the podcast with all your friends.

Episode 13 - More Than a Single Storyteller
01:00:11
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 01:00:11
Episode 13 - More Than a Single Storyteller

In this episode, Erin and Junauda discuss Jada Pinkett Smith's dignified response to another all-white Oscar nominations and the "Black Aunt Viv's" less dignified one.  Stacey Dash gets her first and only mention on this show. They discuss their experiences in the public school system, the highs and lows, and talk with Nothando Zulu and Beverly Cottman about their work as storytellers in the schools as part of Givens K12 program.  Erin's bestie Michael Kleber-Diggs also reads from an essay about Central High School and his role as a parent of a high school student. #BlackMarketReads is a project of The Givens Foundation for African American Literature produced in cooperation with www.iDream.tv Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, share and comment. Your reviews and feedback make our show stronger.

Episode 12 - Entrepreneurs, 80s icons, and poets
51:58
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 51:58
Episode 12 - Entrepreneurs, 80s icons, and poets

In this episode Erin and Junauda chat with entrepreneurs Felicia Perry and Mychal Fisher, banter about cultural context of beloved 80's icons and celebrate the poetic gifts of J. Otis Powell‽ and Namir Fearce. Thank you for listening to Black Market Reads. Let us know that stories matter. Please give us your comments and reviews, subscribe, share, and like. We love our listeners and we want to hear from you!

Episode 11 - 2015 Givens Emerging Writers Showcase
01:37:34
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 01:37:34
Episode 11 - 2015 Givens Emerging Writers Showcase

The Givens Emerging Writers' Mentor Program engages Black writers from diverse genres in a six-month program. Each year 10 emerging Minnesota-based writers work intensively with nationally acclaimed writers and Minnesota based mentors. Black Market Reads went on location to listen to the voices of Romelle Adkins, Maya Beck, Michael Kleber-Digs, Irna Landrum, Erin Sharkey, Bernard James, Stephanie Christen, Cherish Gibson, and Joi Lewis in the culminating showcase. 

Episode 10 - Blues Vision Book Club
40:18
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 40:18
Episode 10 - Blues Vision Book Club

This edition of BMR features a book club style exploration of Blues Vision with special guests Lisa Brimmer and Valérie Déus. Blues Vision is a stunning anthology of essays co-edited by Alex Pate, Pam Fletcher, and J. Otis Powell ?!, with cover art by Ta-coumba Aiken, and co-published by Minnesota Humanities Center and Minnesota Historical Society Press. Blues Vision features writing by Minnesota luminaries Tish Jones, Rohan Preston, Mary Moore Easter, E.G Bailey, Frank B. Wilderson III, Sha Cage, Andrea Jenkins, Shannon Gibney, Kim Hines, Carolyn Holbrook, Arleta Little, Clarence White, Angela Shannon and more.

Cultural producers Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus. Brought to you by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature in partnership with iDream.tv

Episode 9 - Black Whimsy and Struggle
52:53
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 52:53
Episode 9 - Black Whimsy and Struggle

Erin and Junauda enlighten in a wide-ranging conversation about Erykah Badu, Abby Fisher and Affirmative Action, The Wiz and the Encampment at the 4th Precinct with special guests Jayanthi Kyle, Felicia Perry, and Irna Landrum. A poem and a song or two.

Listen to Black Market Reads on iTunes, sound Cloud and a variety of other sources. Check us out, leave a review, let us know what you think. 

Episode 8 - Bookclub: Loving Day by Mat Johnson
50:27
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 50:27
Episode 8 - Bookclub: Loving Day by Mat Johnson

Join Keegan Xavi, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Erin Sharkey, and Junauda Petrus for an in-depth examination of topics, themes, characters and personal impacts suggested by Loving Day By Mat Johnson.

New York Times Book Review

 

 

Episode 7 - Loving Day, Interview with Mat Johnson
43:37
2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 43:37
Episode 7 - Loving Day, Interview with Mat Johnson

On the occasion of his visit to Minneapolis as featured author for Givens Foundation Black Books Talk, Mat Johnson author of Loving Day, took time out to chat with Erin and Junauda. 

Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving DayPymDrop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin FellowshipThe Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. 

Mat Johnson is a Professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

 

Episode 6 - If You're Nasty: A Janet Jackson Inspired Literary Salon
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2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 45:51
Episode 6 - If You're Nasty: A Janet Jackson Inspired Literary Salon

If you’re nasty: A Janet Jackson inspired literary salon. With guests Danez Smith, Kamia Watson, Khary Jackson, Sha Cage and Tish Jones.

Recorded in a live performance environment.

Producer: Givens Foundation for African American Literature,

Production services: iDream.tv

BMR Hosts: Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey

Special thanks to Seven Steakhouse & Sushi in Minneapolis for hosting the inaugural salon.

 

Danez Smith – a Saint Paul native, Danez is a current mentor in the Givens Emerging Writers Program, a winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, a 2014 Ruth Lilly - Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. 



Sha Cage – Writer/Performer, Givens Writing Fellow, and IVEY AWARD winner for her tour de force performance in grounded last year and her solo work U/G/L/Y.



Khary Jackson – Poet, playwright, dancer, musician, and Cave Canem Fellow.



Kamia Watson – A native of Minneapolis, she writes under the name KamRynnKay



Tish Jones – Spoken Word artist and Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks.



DJ Sarah White will provide the sounds throughout the event. 

 

     

Episode 5 - Dreamers: the Architects of the Future
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Episode 5 - Dreamers: the Architects of the Future

With guests Bree Newsome, Andrea Jenkins and Dread Scott - Junauda and Erin return to The Convening: Resistance & Rebellion, sponsored by The Givens Foundation for African American Literature.

Episode 4 - Book Club: Octavia's Brood
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Episode 4 - Book Club: Octavia's Brood

The inaugural Book Club meeting of Black Market Reads features a lively discussion of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Movements, an anthology of visionary science and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists. inspired by Octavia Butler, edited by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha. Book Club participants Tish Jones, Senah Sampong, and Chastity Brown in a discussion led by BMR co-hosts Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus.

Episode 3 - Voices Convening: Resistance & Rebellion
01:16:43
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Episode 3 - Voices Convening: Resistance & Rebellion

Junauda and Erin go on location to the Givens Convening: Resistance & Rebellion with Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha editors of Octavia's Brood, Cheyenne Sewell from Yarn Mission,  Roger Guenveur Smith, and Eshay Brantley and Namir Fearce.

 

Episode 2 - Dean Moss, Multi-disciplinary artist discusses johnbrown
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2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 49:10
Episode 2 - Dean Moss, Multi-disciplinary artist discusses johnbrown

BLACK MARKET READS interviews the quixotic and brilliant multidisciplinary artist Dean Moss who is presented his work, johnbrown, at the Walker Art Center. He was also a speaker at Convening: Resistance and Rebellion, a day-long international convening exploring the role of art in revolution presented by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature in partnership with Million Artist Movement.

Check out minute 13:04 to hear the interview from the beginning in its entirety.

johnbrown

“Mr. Moss layers national narratives and personal narratives, moving bodies and moving images, haunting songs and heated conversations in ways that leave us contemplating the future by way of the past.” —New York Times

In this dense and precisely executed work, Dean Moss creates a performative meditation on the complicated, controversial legacy of 19th-century abolitionist John Brown. Moss integrates transfixing choreography, visual design, video, theater, and community participation to question not only the turbulent past of a historical figure but also the racial, gender, and generational processes at play in the inquiry. This ambitious socio-historical critique offers a fascinating intersection of ideas, identities, and ideologies.

Episode 1 - Roxane Gay: The Baddest Feminist
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2017-10-07 21:16:11 UTC 55:54
Episode 1 - Roxane Gay: The Baddest Feminist

Junauda and Erin talk with the baddest feminist in the game, Roxane Gay, author of The Bad Feminist.

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others.

She is the co-editor of PANK and the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016.

 

Episode 25 - Justice Alan Page
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Episode 25 - Justice Alan Page

In the season three premier, host Lissa Jones sits down with retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page to discuss his children's books, advocacy work, and optimism.

Justice Alan Page is widely recognized for his groundbreaking legal career, as well as for his time in the NFL. Page played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears before his retirement to practice law full time; he was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. In 1992 Page became the first African American elected to Minnesota’s supreme court, where he served as an Associate Justice until his retirement from the court in 2015. Along with his wife Diane Sims Page, he founded the Page Education Foundation which provides scholarships and mentoring for students of color to help them pursue post-secondary education. Now, Page has taken on another role: Children’s book author, releasing three books--most recently Grandpa Alan's Sugar Shack--co-authored with his daughter Kamie Page and illustrated by Minnesota artist Dave Geister.

For more information about the Page Education Foundation and to purchase copies of Justice Page's books visit their website (https://www.page-ed.org)

Episode 24 - Duchess Harris, JD. PhD. on Race and Policing
54:52
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 54:52
Episode 24 - Duchess Harris, JD. PhD. on Race and Policing

Author and Historian Duchess Harris returns to Black Market Reads, this time to speak with host Lissa Jones to discuss her newest book Race and Policing which will be published in September by Abdo Publishing. Duchess and Lissa discuss the complex history of race, policing, and force in america, and Duchess shares exciting news about her upcoming collection from Abdo. This episode also features 'Blank,' an original spoken word piece from local poet Ashley Oliver.

Episode 23 - Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar
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2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 41:23
Episode 23 - Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar

In this episode, host Lissa Jones speaks with Erica Armstrong Dunbar about her recent work, Never Caught: The Washington's Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge. Dunbar is an author and historian focusing on the experiences of African American women in the context of slavery, racial injustice, and gender inequality. Today, she is a professor of History at Rutgers University.

Episode 22 - Author James McBride
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2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 22:44
Episode 22 - Author James McBride

In this episode, host Lissa Jones talks with author/musician James McBride at Minneapolis' Ivy Hotel. McBride is the author of five books including Miracle at St. Anna, which McBride adapted for the Spike Lee-directed film of the same name released in 2008. His most recent novel, The Good Lord Bird, won the National Book Award in 2013 and inspired 'A talking music book,' combining pieces from the novel with music performed by McBride and an ensemble of other musicians called the Good Lord Bird Band.

Recordings of The Good Lord Bird: A Talking Music Book were provided by Riverhead Books, and clips were used with their permission.  

Episode 21 - Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus American Studies at Macalester College
34:29
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 34:29
Episode 21 - Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus American Studies at Macalester College

A frequent contributor to the opinion pages of both Twin Cities dailies as well as the local Black press, Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati has published dozens of monographs and pamphlets, and has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio, and at a host of community-based conferences and events.

From 1970 to 2003, Professor El-Kati taught many generations of Macalester College students in courses such as “The Black Experience Since World War II,” and “Sports and the African American Community.”

In this episode, host Lissa Jones talks with Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati at Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe in St. Paul, MN.

 

Episode 20 - Writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant
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2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 42:39
Episode 20 - Writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant

In this episode, Host Lissa Jones sits down with Minnesota writers Carolyn Holbrook and David Lawrence Grant to discuss the creative process and how the past informs their work and activism.

Holbrook and Grant each contributed an essay to the collection A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota which was published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2016. For more information, and to purchase the collection, visit www.agoodtimeforthetruth.com .

 

Episode 19 - Author Sharon G. Flake; Artist Robin Hickman and Curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen
58:10
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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. 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 earlier this year.

Episode 18 - Duchess Harris, JD. PHD with Lissa Jones
44:29
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 44:29
Episode 18 - Duchess Harris, JD. PHD with Lissa Jones

Duchess Harris's grandmother was one of a small group of black women who worked as human computers for NASA in the 1950s, and who have largely been left out space-race narratives--until now. In this episode, Harris sits down with host Lissa Jones to discuss her research on the subject, as well as her personal connection to it, and the importance of exposing these hidden narratives to mainstream historical consciousness.

Duchess Harris, JD PHD is the Chair of American Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She is the author of four books including, most recently, Black Lives Matter and Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA which inspired the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures.

Episode 17 - J.California Cooper Remembered with Beverly Cottman
46:22
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 46:22
Episode 17 - J.California Cooper Remembered with Beverly Cottman

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 sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Our host for this episode is Beverly Cottman, storyteller and teaching artist, who was at the event.

Ms. Cooper was born in Berkeley, California in 1931.  She was the author of 17 plays and more than 10 works of fiction. Over the course of her career she came to be known as an important voice in the American literary community of the late 20th century, with her work being compared to that of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. She died in Seattle, Washington at the age of 82, but her voice and the characters she shared live on.

Episode 16 - Zetta Elliott with Shannon Gibney
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2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 32:23
Episode 16 - Zetta Elliott with Shannon Gibney

Author, playwright, and essayist Zetta Elliott talks with Shannon Gibney about her experiences with the publishing industry that eventually led to the creation of her own independent imprint Rosetta Press. She has published over 20 books for children and young adults, and her plays have been staged across the country. For more information, visit her website www.zettaelliott.com

 

Episode 15 - Book Club with "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty
45:29
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 45:29
Episode 15 - Book Club with "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty

Special guests Irna Landrum and LaCora Bradford join Erin and Junauda in this week's episode as we gather in a Book Club edition of Black Market Reads to discuss The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Listen up, the read the book, and the NY Times review. Then Like us and Share us and let us know what you think. 

Episode 14 - Bookclub: See No Color by Shannon Gibney
01:01:17
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Episode 14 - Bookclub: See No Color by Shannon Gibney

On this episode, Erin and Junauda are joined by Namir Fearce and Case Wilson, two youth readers, who got to interview author Shannon Gibney about her debut young adult novel, See No Color.  Readers then discuss the novel's themes, which include transracial adoption, sports, gender, parenting and mixed race identity. We had to talk about Macklemore's education on white privilege and Chelsea Handler's exploration of racism, so that happened, too.  

Read See No Color and let us know what you think.

We love our listeners. Share the love and the podcast with all your friends.

Episode 13 - More Than a Single Storyteller
01:00:11
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 01:00:11
Episode 13 - More Than a Single Storyteller

In this episode, Erin and Junauda discuss Jada Pinkett Smith's dignified response to another all-white Oscar nominations and the "Black Aunt Viv's" less dignified one.  Stacey Dash gets her first and only mention on this show. They discuss their experiences in the public school system, the highs and lows, and talk with Nothando Zulu and Beverly Cottman about their work as storytellers in the schools as part of Givens K12 program.  Erin's bestie Michael Kleber-Diggs also reads from an essay about Central High School and his role as a parent of a high school student. #BlackMarketReads is a project of The Givens Foundation for African American Literature produced in cooperation with www.iDream.tv Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, share and comment. Your reviews and feedback make our show stronger.

Episode 12 - Entrepreneurs, 80s icons, and poets
51:58
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 51:58
Episode 12 - Entrepreneurs, 80s icons, and poets

In this episode Erin and Junauda chat with entrepreneurs Felicia Perry and Mychal Fisher, banter about cultural context of beloved 80's icons and celebrate the poetic gifts of J. Otis Powell‽ and Namir Fearce. Thank you for listening to Black Market Reads. Let us know that stories matter. Please give us your comments and reviews, subscribe, share, and like. We love our listeners and we want to hear from you!

Episode 11 - 2015 Givens Emerging Writers Showcase
01:37:34
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 01:37:34
Episode 11 - 2015 Givens Emerging Writers Showcase

The Givens Emerging Writers' Mentor Program engages Black writers from diverse genres in a six-month program. Each year 10 emerging Minnesota-based writers work intensively with nationally acclaimed writers and Minnesota based mentors. Black Market Reads went on location to listen to the voices of Romelle Adkins, Maya Beck, Michael Kleber-Digs, Irna Landrum, Erin Sharkey, Bernard James, Stephanie Christen, Cherish Gibson, and Joi Lewis in the culminating showcase. 

Episode 10 - Blues Vision Book Club
40:18
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 40:18
Episode 10 - Blues Vision Book Club

This edition of BMR features a book club style exploration of Blues Vision with special guests Lisa Brimmer and Valérie Déus. Blues Vision is a stunning anthology of essays co-edited by Alex Pate, Pam Fletcher, and J. Otis Powell ?!, with cover art by Ta-coumba Aiken, and co-published by Minnesota Humanities Center and Minnesota Historical Society Press. Blues Vision features writing by Minnesota luminaries Tish Jones, Rohan Preston, Mary Moore Easter, E.G Bailey, Frank B. Wilderson III, Sha Cage, Andrea Jenkins, Shannon Gibney, Kim Hines, Carolyn Holbrook, Arleta Little, Clarence White, Angela Shannon and more.

Cultural producers Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus. Brought to you by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature in partnership with iDream.tv

Episode 9 - Black Whimsy and Struggle
52:53
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 52:53
Episode 9 - Black Whimsy and Struggle

Erin and Junauda enlighten in a wide-ranging conversation about Erykah Badu, Abby Fisher and Affirmative Action, The Wiz and the Encampment at the 4th Precinct with special guests Jayanthi Kyle, Felicia Perry, and Irna Landrum. A poem and a song or two.

Listen to Black Market Reads on iTunes, sound Cloud and a variety of other sources. Check us out, leave a review, let us know what you think. 

Episode 8 - Bookclub: Loving Day by Mat Johnson
50:27
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 50:27
Episode 8 - Bookclub: Loving Day by Mat Johnson

Join Keegan Xavi, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Erin Sharkey, and Junauda Petrus for an in-depth examination of topics, themes, characters and personal impacts suggested by Loving Day By Mat Johnson.

New York Times Book Review

 

 

Episode 7 - Loving Day, Interview with Mat Johnson
43:37
2017-12-19 15:31:42 UTC 43:37
Episode 7 - Loving Day, Interview with Mat Johnson

On the occasion of his visit to Minneapolis as featured author for Givens Foundation Black Books Talk, Mat Johnson author of Loving Day, took time out to chat with Erin and Junauda. 

Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving DayPymDrop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin FellowshipThe Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. 

Mat Johnson is a Professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

 

Episode 6 - If You're Nasty: A Janet Jackson Inspired Literary Salon
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Episode 6 - If You're Nasty: A Janet Jackson Inspired Literary Salon

If you’re nasty: A Janet Jackson inspired literary salon. With guests Danez Smith, Kamia Watson, Khary Jackson, Sha Cage and Tish Jones.

Recorded in a live performance environment.

Producer: Givens Foundation for African American Literature,

Production services: iDream.tv

BMR Hosts: Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey

Special thanks to Seven Steakhouse & Sushi in Minneapolis for hosting the inaugural salon.

 

Danez Smith – a Saint Paul native, Danez is a current mentor in the Givens Emerging Writers Program, a winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, a 2014 Ruth Lilly - Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. 



Sha Cage – Writer/Performer, Givens Writing Fellow, and IVEY AWARD winner for her tour de force performance in grounded last year and her solo work U/G/L/Y.



Khary Jackson – Poet, playwright, dancer, musician, and Cave Canem Fellow.



Kamia Watson – A native of Minneapolis, she writes under the name KamRynnKay



Tish Jones – Spoken Word artist and Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks.



DJ Sarah White will provide the sounds throughout the event. 

 

     

Episode 5 - Dreamers: the Architects of the Future
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Episode 5 - Dreamers: the Architects of the Future

With guests Bree Newsome, Andrea Jenkins and Dread Scott - Junauda and Erin return to The Convening: Resistance & Rebellion, sponsored by The Givens Foundation for African American Literature.

Episode 4 - Book Club: Octavia's Brood
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Episode 4 - Book Club: Octavia's Brood

The inaugural Book Club meeting of Black Market Reads features a lively discussion of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Movements, an anthology of visionary science and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists. inspired by Octavia Butler, edited by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha. Book Club participants Tish Jones, Senah Sampong, and Chastity Brown in a discussion led by BMR co-hosts Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus.

Episode 3 - Voices Convening: Resistance & Rebellion
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Episode 3 - Voices Convening: Resistance & Rebellion

Junauda and Erin go on location to the Givens Convening: Resistance & Rebellion with Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha editors of Octavia's Brood, Cheyenne Sewell from Yarn Mission,  Roger Guenveur Smith, and Eshay Brantley and Namir Fearce.

 

Episode 2 - Dean Moss, Multi-disciplinary artist discusses johnbrown
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Episode 2 - Dean Moss, Multi-disciplinary artist discusses johnbrown

BLACK MARKET READS interviews the quixotic and brilliant multidisciplinary artist Dean Moss who is presented his work, johnbrown, at the Walker Art Center. He was also a speaker at Convening: Resistance and Rebellion, a day-long international convening exploring the role of art in revolution presented by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature in partnership with Million Artist Movement.

Check out minute 13:04 to hear the interview from the beginning in its entirety.

johnbrown

“Mr. Moss layers national narratives and personal narratives, moving bodies and moving images, haunting songs and heated conversations in ways that leave us contemplating the future by way of the past.” —New York Times

In this dense and precisely executed work, Dean Moss creates a performative meditation on the complicated, controversial legacy of 19th-century abolitionist John Brown. Moss integrates transfixing choreography, visual design, video, theater, and community participation to question not only the turbulent past of a historical figure but also the racial, gender, and generational processes at play in the inquiry. This ambitious socio-historical critique offers a fascinating intersection of ideas, identities, and ideologies.

Episode 1 - Roxane Gay: The Baddest Feminist
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Episode 1 - Roxane Gay: The Baddest Feminist

Junauda and Erin talk with the baddest feminist in the game, Roxane Gay, author of The Bad Feminist.

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others.

She is the co-editor of PANK and the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016.