An Evening with Charles Blow
Tickets: advance: $40.00 with the book
$25.00 event only
at the door: $40.00 with the book
$30.00 event only
Event: Political Commentator and Author of the memoir “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” with Charles Blow will engage in an intimate conversation about his memoir, and the lives of black boys with writer/actor Gbenga Akinnagbe and post talk signing with Mr. Blow.
Tickets: $40 (event with copy of Fire Shut Up in my Bones) $25 (event only)
Community Engagement Partner: AfroPunk
Senior Publicity Manager
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
No. 7 Restaurant
AJahi Nicole Adams
About Charles Blow:
Charles McKay Blow (born August 11, 1970) is an American journalist, and the current visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times. Blow grew up in Gibsland, Louisiana and graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in the same state. He has worked as a graphics director and art director for the Times and National Geographic respectively.
In April 2008, he began publishing a column in the Times, featuring charts as a form of opinion journalism. His column originally appeared biweekly on Saturdays. In May 2009 it became a weekly feature, and twice weekly in December 2012. As of May 2014, it appears every Monday and Thursday. Increasingly it is an essay in text with no chart. Blow also wrote a blog entitled "By The Numbers" for the newspaper's website which was rarely updated and essentially discontinued in 2011.
Blow is a single father of three children, one of his children goes to university and his twins are in high school. They live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
He often appears on CNN and MSNBC.
About Presenting Organizations:
Good Neighbors of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill:
Good Neighbors is a 501c3 non-profit organization, designed to allow older residents of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn and adjacent neighborhoods both the practical means and the confidence to enjoy life to the fullest living in their own homes, in the diverse urban, multi-generational environment they value.
Greenlight Bookstore began as a simple idea between two booksellers, Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, who shared a desire to open a forward-thinking, independent bookstore. A series of fortunate events turned this dream into a reality and in the fall of 2009 Greenlight Bookstore transformed the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene. Fitting and Bagnulo expertly engage their community through an array of events for both kids and adults that draw noted writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri and Gary Shytengart. The fairytale creation story coupled with an impressive selection of noted literature, indie titles, and unique cookbooks only augments their local allure.
About Community Engagement Partner:
When Matthew Morgan and James Spooner joined forces in 2002, their focus was giving a voice to thousands of multi-cultural kids fiercely identifying with a lifestyle path-less-traveled. Morgan, a visionary with 15 years in the music industry, instinctively understood that the indie rock/punk/hardcore scene had powerful appeal beyond the predictable Caucasian audience; the passion evident in writer-director Spooners hours of riveting hand-shot footage was the indisputable proof. The result: 2003's 'Afro-punk', the seminal cult classic film spotlighting Black Punks in America.
AFROPUNK became a touchstone of a cultural movement strongly reminiscent of the early days of Hip-Hop. Alternative urban kids across the nation (and across the globe) who felt like outsiders discovered they were actually the core of a boldly innovative, fast-growing community. The online members have been the driving force behind the exploding AFROPUNK (AP) culture, creating an authentic virtual home in www.afropunk.com, and nurturing the music's best and brightest via expansion of the Liberation Sessions, a live performance series hosted by Spooner.
As the AP movement continued to gain momentum and influence, everyone began to notice. The Liberation Sessions went front-and-center at CMJ and SXSW, press coverage ranged from Pitchfork, URB, Vibe, and Nylon to The New York Times, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, and The Los Angeles Times.
In 2005, the very first annual AFROPUNK Festival debuted to wildly enthusiastic crowds at the iconic Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Co-curated by Morgan and Spooner, the festival celebrated and unified the cultural cornerstones of AFROPUNK: music, film, skate, and most importantly, the fiercely independent and influential individuals that are the lifeblood of the AP community.
Since 2008, the AFROPUNK Festival is spearheaded by Morgan and partner Jocelyn Cooper. Described by the New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” the word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.
About Producer, AJahi Nicole Adams:
Former Development and Marketing Director of Wholesome Wave, Nicole became passionate about combining art and social cause issues while working as a Development Officer at Millennium Promise in partnership with the United Nations and the Earth Institute on the Millennium Development Goals in Sub-Sahara Africa. While at Millennium Promise, she was responsible for producing and marketing of two full day events for the U.N. General Assembly sessions, which hosted three Presidents and current heads of state. She also co-produced NYC's 1st farm to table week culminating with a performance at BAM to address obesity rates in New York City’s underserved communities. To deepen that impact, Pear lead a team responsible for the launch of New York City’s Public Hospitals’ and Wholesome Wave’s partnership on a Fruit & Vegetable prescription program.
Professionally, Nicole cultivated a career of creating alliances between art, politics, communities and social causes. Over the years, she was fortunate to sharpen her business acumen while working with organizations like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on insider Broadway productions including Gypsy of the Year, the Easter Bonnet Competition, the Fire Island Dance Festival and sustainable food event, Chop It Up. In 1999, she was published in "Charting Your Course: A lifelong Guide to Health and Compassion", along with cultural icons such as Jane Anderson. Her work with luminaries like Sarah Jones, Steve Colman and Reba McIntyre allowed Nicole to support artists and main street professionals equally passionate about using one’s talent and skill-set to improve the human condition.