events at red emma's

@ Red Emma's

with: 

Patricia Rodney & Jesse Benjamin (Walter Rodney Foundation)

Larry Jackson and Kali-Ahset Amen (Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts)

Lester Spence (JHU)  


@ Red Emma's

It’s a new decade, but old oppression lingers, old challenges still haunt us.  The need for the arts generally, and poetry specifically, is as great as ever!  Join us for an open mic of justice, conscious thought, spirituality, fam, real life—whatever advances the village!  In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s “Mother Earth” magazine, come drop some rad “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy.  Our theme is “Peace, Justice, Poetry!”  By the way: it’s a non-erotic venue, so rather than a love & erotica evening, we focus this night on justice and other matters of life.  And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!

Our feature, Roscoe Burnems (Douglas Powell), is an award winning spoken word artist and educator, born and raised in Richmond, VA. He is a National Poetry Slam champion, Underground Poetry Slam champion, two-time regional poetry slam team finalist, and multiple local grand slam champion.  Roscoe has published three recognized collections of poetry, has been published in a dozen literary magazines and journals over the years and has been a speaker for TedxYouth. When not competing or touring he conducts writing and performance workshops for schools and non-profits in RVA.

https://roscoeb.webs.com/

Holdin’ it down for the evening is Analysis—poet/spoken word artist, bookseller, educator, minister, justice & human rights theoretician… Y’all know what’s up! 

www.facebook.com/analysisthepoet
Twitter and Instagram: @analysisthepoet

www.artistEcard.com/analysisthepoet

The MIC LIST will open at 5:00PM. 

FREE ADMISSION!  [We will take a collection to support the feature.]

(Mature language and themes may be involved; not suggested for younger children.)


Remember: PEACE, JUSTICE, POETRY!!  Will we see you there?  :)

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Join the Baltimore City Health Department, along with artist and activist Aaron Maybin, rap star President Davo, and media personality Raven Paris, as we host an open panel discussion on how overdose deaths caused by substance use disorders impact Baltimore City. The event is free, and you can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/92037132541

Join acclaimed filmmaker and novelist John Sayles as he presents his new novel, Yellow Earth, and talks about his work with Eric Allen Hatch of Beyond Video.

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In recent years Baltimore has produced some of the finest, most excellent, most on-fire spoken word in the country! Slammageddon (the name of the Baltimore adult slam team and its related poetry venue series) has captured trophies at national and regional competitions and is respected throughout the nation and world for the poetic “skillz” the team brings. Who will be on the 2020 team? Come find out as Red Emma’s hosts Slammaggeddon Final Stage! Team veteran and champion Slangston Hughes will host. Congratulations to the 12 competing finalists:


Aminah Arrey

Anisah Gonzalez

Deleicea Greene

Ephraim Nehemiah

Grim Jackson

Kasean

Kenneth Something

Lady Brion

Mecca Verdell

Meechie Howard

Sunny Ray Walker

Terrance DuketheRoot Porter


Come find out who will rep strong for Baltimore!

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Every day, all over the world, women are catcalled and denigrated simply for walking down the street. Boys will be boys, women have been told for generations, ignore it, shrug it off, take it as a compliment. But the harassment has real consequences for women: in the fear it instills and the shame they are made to feel.

In Stop Telling Women to Smile, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh uses her arresting street art portraits to explore how women experience hostility in communities that are supposed to be homes. She addresses the pervasiveness of street harassment, its effects, and the kinds of activism that can serve to counter it. The result is a cathartic reckoning with the aggression women endure, and an examination of what equality truly entails.



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Swing by to swap some seeds and plants and get ready for gardening season! Weds Feb 13, 11am to 5pm! Btw, plants make very cute last minute valentines for your friends and sweeties!

Blues legend B.B. King spent his life sharing the music of his soul, which shone relentlessly through hardship and triumph alike. He never wavered from his vocation, even as he gathered up other musicians in his wake and melded them into the harmony of his animating passion. In this intimate portrait of King, author Diane Williams offers a brief account of the monumental blues man’s life before settling in for a series of interviews with his bandmates and beloved family members, offering readers an invaluable opportunity to feel like they know King too.


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Against the backdrop of America’s escalating urban rebellions in the 1960s, an unexpected cohort of New York radicals unleashed a series of urban guerrilla actions against the city’s racist policies and contempt for the poor. Their dramatic flair, uncompromising vision, and skillful ability to link local problems to international crises riveted the media, alarmed New York’s political class, and challenged nationwide perceptions of civil rights and black power protest. The group called itself the Young Lords.

 

Utilizing oral histories, archival records, and an enormous cache of police records released only after a decade-long Freedom of Information Law request and subsequent court battle, Johanna Fernández has written the definitive account of the Young Lords, from their roots as a street gang to their rise and fall as a political organization. Led predominantly by poor and working-class Puerto Rican youth, and consciously fashioned after the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords confronted race and class inequality and questioned American foreign policy. Their imaginative, irreverent protests and media conscious tactics won significant reforms and exposed U.S. mainland audiences to the country’s quiet imperial project in Puerto Rico. In riveting style, Fernández demonstrates how the Young Lords redefined the character of protest, the color of politics, and the cadence of popular urban culture in the age of great dreams.


Branko Marcetic's new book from Jacobin Magazine exposes the forgotten history of Joe Biden, one of the United States’ longest-serving politicians, and one of its least scrutinized. Over nearly fifty years in politics, the man called “Middle-Class Joe” served as a key architect of the Democratic Party’s rightward turn, ushering in the end of the liberal New Deal order and assisting the political takeover of the radical right.

An answer to the assault on voting rights—crucial reading in advance of the 2020 presidential election

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered one of the most effective pieces of legislation the United States has ever passed. It enfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters, particularly in the American South, and drew attention to the problem of voter suppression. Yet in recent years there has been a continuous assault on access to the ballot box in the form of stricter voter ID requirements, meritless claims of rigged elections, and baseless accusations of voter fraud. In the past these efforts were aimed at eliminating African American voters from the rolls, and today, new laws seek to eliminate voters of color, the poor, and the elderly, groups that historically vote for the Democratic Party.

Uncounted examines the phenomenon of disenfranchisement through the lens of history, race, law, and the democratic process. Gilda R. Daniels, who served as Deputy Chief in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and more than two decades of voting rights experience, argues that voter suppression works in cycles, constantly adapting and finding new ways to hinder access for an exponentially growing minority population. She warns that a premeditated strategy of restrictive laws and deceptive practices has taken root and is eroding the very basis of American democracy—the right to vote!"

A collection of writings on art by Barry Schwabsky.

“Many consider Barry Schwabsky to be the critic on painting today, even if he does write copiously on other art forms,” write editors Rob Colvin and Sherman Sam in their foreword to this selection of Schwabsky's writings. Written since the turn of the millennium, the texts in The Oberver Effect include meditations on the broader context of painting today alongside reflections on such well-known American painters as Alex Katz, Kerry James Marshall, Nicole Eisenman, and Dana Schutz, as well as practitioners from Europe and beyond—Bernard Frize, Tal R, and Ha Chonghyun among them. As Colvin and Sam point out, the book “documents a dialogue between abstraction and the image” in which “images serve less to represent their described subject than to articulate the sort of painting each one desires to be.”


A major recasting of American history from the vantage of immigration politics


It is often said that with the election of Donald Trump nativism was raised from the dead. After all, here was a president who organized his campaign around a rhetoric of unvarnished racism and xenophobia. Among his first acts on taking office was to issue an executive order blocking Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. But although his actions may often seem unprecedented, they are not as unusual as many people believe. This story doesn’t begin with Trump. For decades, Republicans and Democrats alike have employed xenophobic ideas and policies, declaring time and again that “illegal immigration” is a threat to the nation’s security, wellbeing, and future.

The profound forces of all-American nativism have, in fact, been pushing politics so far to the right over the last forty years that, for many people, Trump began to look reasonable. As Daniel Denvir argues, issues as diverse as austerity economics, free trade, mass incarceration, the drug war, the contours of the post 9/11 security state, and, yes, Donald Trump and the Alt-Right movement are united by the ideology of nativism, which binds together assorted anxieties and concerns into a ruthless political project. 

All-American Nativism provides a powerful and impressively researched account of the long but often forgotten history that gave us Donald Trump.