Here’s a quick snippet of the conversation from the Festival’s Closing Keynote Conversation: How To Be Black. In it panelists Toure, Amanda Seales, and Baratunde Thurston clear up misconceptions about these two very misunderstood terms. Check it out:
ringShout and The New Black Fest. These two organizations, representing literary fiction and theater, respectively, did all of the heavy lifting. ringShout selected the authors and works to be read, while The New Black Fest tapped into their network of actors and brought some wonderful talent against these pieces and brought them to life.
On the talent side, one of the three actors we engaged for the Festival was Lynnette Freeman (above). Because of some needed schedule changes, Lynnette unexpectedly found herself in the position of closing out the Festival. She handled both the reading and the schedule plus size free online dating service change with grace, and I’m going to be forever grateful to her for her flexibility and for delivering a great reading from an equally powerhouse writer’s work. Speaking of which, you can find out more about Danzy Senna, a New York Times bestselling author, here.
Here’s Lynnette reading an excerpt from “The Land of Beulah,” which is taken from Danzy’s collection You Are Free (Riverhead Books, 2011):