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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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Nov 5, 2015

The inaugural Book Club meeting of Black Market Reads features a lively discussion of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Movements, an anthology of visionary science and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists. inspired by Octavia Butler, edited by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha. Book Club participants Tish Jones, Senah Sampong, and Chastity Brown in a discussion led by BMR co-hosts Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus.