The Halcyon Fall: Black Womyn & Black Love w/ Valerie Troutt & Audacious IAM
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About the event
It’s becoming more common among Black folks and People of color who practice anti-whiteness to affirm the term Black Love. But it is still taboo to talk about Black Womyn who Love Black Womyn – or Womyn of Color who Love their OWN reflections in every way. I want to know what emotional work and psyche-shifts come with Black LGBTQ Creative Womyn who truly LOVE Black Creative womyn. Who better to process this with than my good friend Valerie Troutt and renown poet and healer Audacious IAM?!
Writer, poet, educator and activist Audacious IAM was named Greater Bay Area Teacher of the Year by Youth Speaks (2016), nominated for an Oakland Innovative Artist Award (2017 - 2015), a 2016 National Queer Arts Festival of San Francisco Grant recipient, named Best Literary Works of the Year (2010) and is also a founding member of the Spoken Word Collective Pr3ssPlay Poets. Audacious is the creator and chief-editor of the anthology, Blues Arrival: Stories of the Queer Black South & Migration. Audacious IAM was born and raised in Ruleville, Mississippi and now resides in Oakland, California. She holds her BA Degree from Rust College and MFA Degree from Mills College.
Bay-area born and bred, jazz and gospel trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional artist/teacher/activist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice-driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people. The Sound of Peace, her long-awaited, full-length debut comes after a critically acclaimed EP and several wizening years culminating in Valerie Troutt’s acceptance of her own original artistic difference in a world of commercial carbon copies.
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