Join us in Brooklyn for an evening of conversation with Feminista Jones, author of Reclaiming Our Space, and Xavier D'Leau host of the podcast XD + Jade. In Reclaiming Our Space, social worker, activist, and cultural commentator Feminista Jones explores how Black women are changing culture, society, and the landscape of feminism by building digital communities and using social media as powerful platforms. As Jones reveals, some of the best-loved devices of our shared social media language are a result of Black women’s innovations, from well-known movement-building hashtags (#BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, and #BlackGirlMagic) to the now ubiquitous use of threaded tweets as a marketing and storytelling tool. For some, these online dialogues provide an introduction to the work of Black feminist icons like Angela Davis, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, and the women of the Combahee River Collective. For others, this discourse provides a platform for continuing their feminist activism and scholarship in a new, interactive way.
Complex conversations around race, class, and gender that have been happening behind the closed doors of academia for decades are now becoming part of the wider cultural vernacular—one pithy tweet at a time. With these important online conversations, not only are Black women influencing popular culture and creating sociopolitical movements; they are also galvanizing a new generation to learn and engage in Black feminist thought and theory, and inspiring change in communities around them.
Hard-hitting, intelligent, incisive, yet bursting with humor and pop-culture savvy, Reclaiming Our Space is a survey of Black feminism’s past, present, and future, and it explains why intersectional movement building will save us all.
Please note that there is a $5 admission fee for this event. Your $5 ticket can be purchased online or at the door; online orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. Your ticket functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event, including Reclaiming Our Space. If you purchase Reclaiming Our Space directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase an event ticket.
ABOUT FEMINISTA JONES
Feminista Jones is a Philadelphia-based social worker, feminist writer, public speaker, and community activist. She is an award-winning blogger and the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia and one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Time, Essence, and Ebony magazines.
ABOUT XAVIER D'LEAU
Xavier D'Leau is a blogger, social commentator, and digital content creator from New York City by way of the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes and vlogs about the everyday musings of what it is to be Black in a large city at XavierDLeau.com and BlackGay30.com. He takes his social commentary to his podcast Jade and XD, and has also been featured on TheRoot.com, The Grio, and panels such as the infamous BasseyWorldLive founded by Def Poet, Bassey Ikpi.
A treatise of Black women’s transformative influence in media and society, placing them front and center in a new chapter of mainstream resistance and political engagement
$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 admission voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store, including Reclaiming Our Space. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase an admission voucher.