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What does it mean to know the interior lives of Black women? STUNT imagines scenes from the life of Nellie Jackson. Born in 1902, Miss Nellie ran a brothel in Natchez, Mississippi for sixty years until her death in 1990. A freedom fighter and entrepreneur who spied on the KKK and supported civil rights activists, Nellie Jackson is a legend that troubles our notions of Black narratives and histories. By turns jubilant, sensual and violent, STUNT imagines Nellie as a woman who revels in her Blackness, power and creation.
Join Red Emma's for a conversation, moderated by Analysis, featuring STUNT's author, Saida Agostini, Baltimore artist and educator S. Rasheem, and Teri Ellen Cross Davis, author of Haint and winner of the 2019 Ohioana Prize in Poetry.