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Givens Foundation | Black Market Reads

Black Market Reads is a menu for Black literary consumption and all of its spin-offs. Featuring Black artists who love to read and write and engage in arts and culture.

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PRODUCER: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

SEASON TWO - FOUR: Hosted by Lissa Jones

SEASON ONE: BMR was originated by Tana Hargest on behalf of The Givens Foundation, HOSTED BY Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus of Free Black Dirt, and other guest hosts as introduced, MUSIC: Sarah White - Through People [M¥K Remix]

Black Market Reads is made possible through the generous support of our individual donors, Target Foundation, and the voters of Minnesota, through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Mar 12, 2024

In this episode Lissa welcomes co-host Bukata Hayes as they explore the power of storytelling and the nourishment of soulful food with author Rose McGee.

ROSE MCGEE, founder of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, travels
across the United States to deliver pies and nurture relationships.
She was featured in the 2015 PBS documentary A Few Good
Pie Places. After George Floyd’s murder in 2020, her caring
community pie baking and delivery gained recognition from NBC Nightly News, Ms McGee
resides in Golden Valley, MiN, where she was named
“Citizen of the Year”.