Unbound: Darnell L. Moore
Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
30 Lafayette Ave.
718-636-4100 Price: Free, registration requested
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With Brittney Cooper, Kiese Laymon, Kierna Mayo, and Marc Lamont Hill, Déon Sass, and DJ Just Love
Launch of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
Writer and activist Darnell L. Moore celebrates the launch of his new memoir, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America (Nation Books), an honest reckoning with family, place, and what it means to be free. Moore leads this interdisciplinary evening which features a performance by dancer Déon Sass; musical interludes by DJ Just Love; and a series of one-on-one conversations with authors and cultural critics Brittney Cooper, Marc Lamont Hill, Kierna Mayo, and Kiese Laymon, followed by a panel and audience discussion on black literature and the role of critics of color.
In No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, Moore traces the arc of his life from his childhood in Camden, New Jersey, a city scarred by uprisings and repression; to his search for intimacy in the gay neighborhoods of Philadelphia; and, finally, to the movements in Newark, Brooklyn, and Ferguson, where he fought for others who, like himself, survive on the fringes of society.