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One Book One Bronx: Girl in the Mirror at Casita Maria (Book Club)

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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

928 Simpson Street

The Bronx, NY 10459

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One Book One Bronx is a new style book club that inspires, encourages, and delights readers. Join us at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education when we meet to discuss books that reflect on the artwork featured in the the current exhibition RESPECT by Timothy Okamura, Jessica Spence, and Nichole Washington. These restorative conversations are related to women, migration and culture. It’s free to join, and free books will be given to the first 15 participants.

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Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion by Natasha Tarpley


Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
928 Simpson St. 6th Fl. Gallery, Bronx, NY 10459
Hunts Point neighborhood

Wednesdays, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
September 11, 18, 25, October 2, & 9
, 2019
Participants are expected to attend all sessions

ABOUT GIRL IN THE MIRROR
From runaway slaves to the Great Migration, black people have uprooted themselves in search of a better life. Yet migration has also meant loss: rootlessness, separation from family, disconnection from ancestors and the past. In this family memoir told in the voices of three generations, poet Natasha Tarpley sets her own migrations in the context of a long line of Americans narratives. Both historical and personal, Girl in the Mirror traces her grandparents’ movements from Alabama to Chicago, her mother’s move to Boston after her father’s death, and her own trip to Africa and back. Tarpley emerges at the end reflected in the lives, struggles, and loves of those black people who have traveled the road before her.

On Wednesday, 9/25, 6:30pm, Natasha Tarpley will join the book club for an intimate conversation about her memoir Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion.

Light refreshments available during book club meetings.
Families welcomed, however, childcare is not available at this time.

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EXHIBITION INFO
RESPECT by Timothy Okamura, Jessica Spence, and Nichole Washington
A three person multimedia exhibition celebrating black womanhood by New York based artists Timothy Okamura, Jessica Spence, and Nichole Washington. The title honors soul singer Aretha Franklin’s feminist anthem “Respect”, adpated from Otis Redding’s original, made famous in 1967. Collectively the artwork in the exhibition calls for respecting oneself and others by pairing positive written messages like “Love Yourself”, “Do You Baby Girl”, “Trust Your Dopeness”, and “I Love Your Hair” with visuals such as the loving care of an older woman braiding the hair of a young girl. These affirmations or “transmissions,” as dubbed by Okamura, provides a powerful counter narrative to the belief system that darker skin tone and kinky/curly hair are less attractive.


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The Bronx, NY 10459

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