I wanted to share two soul-shakin’ cultural events going on this weekend, and Monday.
First off, my friend, Diana Fox, anthropology professor at Bridgewater State University, and Executive Producer of the documentary: Earth, Water, Woman: Community and Sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago will hold a special local screening this Sunday at the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe in Providence, RI. (Link to their site above to watch a trailer of the film.)
The film is about an inspiring community of Rastafarian environmental activists, who have reforested hillsides and restored their water table. There will be a post-film discussion and refreshments. Invite your friends! Even if you can’t come, you can help spread the word!
Earth, Water, Woman is showing, Sunday, February 2, at the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe, 204 South Main Street, Providence, RI at 11:30 a.m., $10/person
Next, I was lucky enough to have a serendipitous meeting with author of the new book, Waking Up White, Debby Irving, at the Grub Street Muse and the Marketplace Writers’ Conference a few years ago. I remember her talking about the book she was writing on recognizing her lack of awareness of how her upbringing and, in her words, how wanting to help people of color revealed to her how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.
The book’s publication was this month, and Debby is now launching a book tour–next stop, Monday, February 3rd at friend and Executive Director (I’m so lucky to have such accomplished, artistic friends) Catherine Carr Kelly’s, Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Mass.
Debby will be interviewed by Executive Director, Shay Stewart-Bouley, of the non-profit racial equity organization, Community Change. The interview will be followed by a question and answer session.
The event is co-sponsored by and being held Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7pm.at the Central Square Theater (450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA). Free.
Copies of Waking Up White will be available for purchase at $20 and Debby Irving will be available for signing. All proceeds from this night’s book sales will be donated to Community Change.