Author Rebecca Walker to Speak at Pomona College
Writer Rebecca Walker, named by Time Magazine as one of the “50 Future Leaders of America” and considered one of the founders of third-wave feminism, will speak on “Black Cool: Language of Survival, Survival of Language” at Pomona College on Thursday, February 9th at 4:15 p.m. in Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Her talk is in conjunction with the release of the book she edited, Black Cool – One Thousand Streams of Blackness (2012).
Contributors to Walker’s book include feminist scholar bell hooks, MacArthur winner and artist Kara Walker, graphic novelist Mat Johnson and others, all exploring the roots of the state and aesthetic of “Black Cool.” Essay topics range from the effortless reserve of Miles Davis in khakis on an early album cover, to the shock of resistance in Black women’s fashion from Angela Davis to Rihanna, to the cadence of poets as diverse as Staceyann Chin and Audre Lorde, all attempting to name elements of the phenomena that have emerged to shape the global expectation of cool itself. Publishers Weekly said of the book, “Walker and her band of scribes are in top form, giving a rich, varied picture of Black cool style.”
Formerly a contributing editor to Ms. Magazine, Walker’s other works include, One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love (2010); Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence (2007) and Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self (2000).
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