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Declarations from the Battle Front: A Night of Poetic Protest

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 East 125th Street

New York, NY 10035
FREE

Declarations from the Battle Front: A Night of Poetic Protest 

This program is part of our Race, Myth, Art and Justice exhibition public program series.

In honor of Poetry Month, we invite you to join us for a special evening of protest, poetry, and conversation centered on identity, decolonialism, liberation, and radical futures. The evening is inspired by the legacy of the cultural activists of Harlem’s Black Arts Movement; Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, Sonia Sanchez, Mari Evans, and many more. The MC and co-curator of the evening is spoken word artist and change agent Latasha Diggs. The evening features a communal conversation and poetic performances from Rabih AhmedChristina Olivares, and Fabian Villegas.

Join us for a performance, community dialouge, and collective envisioning that aims to answer, what does a intersectional radical future look like?


WHEN: Thursday, April 4th | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

ADMISSION: FREE with RSVP | RSVP Here | Limited Seating (50 Seats)

*After 6:20pm all tickets free or donations based will be released


Meet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Poesiefestival in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art, the QOW conference in Slovakia, the International Poetry Festival in Bucharest, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the 56th Venice Biennale and Beijing . As a curator and director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The David Rubenstein Atrium, The
Highline, Poets House and El Museo del Barrio. LaTasha is the recipient of numerous awards; of them include New York Foundation for the Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, Creative Capital and the Whiting Foundation Literary Award. She lives in Harlem.

Meet Rabih Ahmed

Rabih Ahmed is a Ghanaian- American poet and educator from the Bronx, who utilizes the rhythms and histories of the African Diaspora in her poetry to bridge lost narratives across the Atlantic. She was first recognized by the New York City Department of Education where she was commissioned to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela. She has performed her poetry at the Apollo Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Café, throughout New York State and the diaspora. She earned a Bachelors in Arts in Political Science at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Rabih is a fellow of the Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House. She is the creator of LOVE LIGHT & POETRY, a business in its mission to facilitate accessible poetry workshops and to illuminate poetry as a modality of celebration, identity exploration, and healing.

Meet Christina Olivares

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and of the chaplet Interrupt, published by Belladonna* Collaborative. Her second book is forthcoming from YesYes Books. She is the recipient of a a 2018 BRIO Award in Nonfiction, a 2015-2016 LMCC Workspace Residency, and two Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants (2014, 2010) and is a Canto Mundo Fellow. She taught at the MFA Program at Rutgers University as a visiting professor. Olivares is a queer poet and educator from New York City.

Meet Fabian Villegas

Writer, journalist, spoken word artist, scholar and researcher in South epistemologies, decolonial thoughts and racial studies. Since 2007 to date, Fabian Villegas has been invited to give multiple conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops in various universities and academic centers, renowned art biennials and community cultural centers across the globe. He is also the co-founder of Contranarrativas, a collaborative project that seeks to create horizontal knowledge production spaces to stimulate the visibility, dissemination and production of epistemologies, decolonial  narratives and peripheral aesthetics of the Global South. Born in Mexico City, Villegas currently resides in the Dominican Republic.


This program is made possible with the generous support of the Andrew Mellon Foundation and additional support from The Ford Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, New York Women's Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

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