Black Gods, Black Drums, Black Magic
Phenderson Djéli Clark
For most Americans, the historical and mystical dimensions of the African American religious experience remains unexplored, secret, long hidden. This place of heroines, gods, danger, and true things is a vital, living piece of our story. But to venture forth, requires guides. Today, we will follow two griots who know the way.
Tuesday, May 7th • 7:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons
(address, map, and links below)
This will be a reading, a seminar, and a discussion with professors Phenderson Djèlí Clark and Yvonne P. Chireau. Phenderson will read from his new novella, "Black God's Drum," and Professor Chireau will discuss the Black American magical traditions to give us historical context as well as read from her book, "Black Magic." This will be followed by discussion and Q&A from the audience.
At current time, he resides in a small Edwardian castle in New England with his wife, infant daughters, and pet dragon, where he works as an academic historian.When so inclined he rambles on issues of speculative fiction, politics, and diversity at his aptly named blog The Disgruntled Haradrim.
Yvonne Chireau is a professor of Religion at Swarthmore College. She is the author of Black Magic: African American Religion and Conjuring Tradition (2003) and co-editor of Black Zion: African American Religions and Judaism (1999) with Nathaniel Deutsch. She is interested in black religions in the US, African-based religions such as Vodou, and the intersection between magic and religion in America. She blogs subjects having to do with Voodoo and Africana religions at Academic Hoodoo.com.
Rob Cameron says: Though not his real name, it is written on all of his bylines.His short story “Squeeze,” (3 star reviewed on Tangent), can be found in Clockwork Phoenix 5,(Mike Allen, ed). And his story "Tatterdemallion at the End of the Universe" will be used as curriculum material for the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic.
Cameron, I mean Rob, is managing editor of the Kaleidocast, a lead organizer for the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers, sometimes curator for the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series, the Surreal Symphony of Zak Zyz, and a pie addict with neither regrets nor inclinations towards rehab.
Rob is an ENL teacher in Brooklyn and a linguist. When not finishing rewrites for his very patient agent, or engaged in spec-fic related activities, he's working on his first con-language (which now that I think it, definitely qualifies as spec-fic related). You can find him at cpr.words on Twitter, orrob-cameron.com.
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The Cafe has excellent food, a coffee bar, beer and wine. The Jenna freebie table will offer books and goodies, as will the raffle for any who donate.
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The Brooklyn Commons Cafe at 388 Atlantic Avenue is an open and collaborative movement building space, only minutes away from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Atlantic Avenue subway stops in downtown Brooklyn. The Commons provides resources to the progressive community including affordable office and meeting spaces as well as an event venue that can host anything from parties and benefits to forums, performances, films and workshops. If you are interested in meeting or event space, please contact them at email@example.com.
The Brooklyn Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond St.)
Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway stop (A,C,G); Nevins St. (2,3,4,5); and the Barclay Center (B,D,N,R,Q,2,3,4,5, and LIRR). Try the interactive map above.
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