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The World According to Fannie Davis @NJCU BAASSO @ReelSisters

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New Jersey City University

2039 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

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March 8, 2019 - Book Signing & Reading for The World According to Fannie Davis

Time: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

@New Jersey City University, 2039 Kennedy Blvd.

In honor of International Women's Day, Reel Sisters and New Jersey City University's Black Alumni, Administrators, Faculty, Students and Staff Organization (BAAFSSO) will celebrate Bridgett M. Davis, author of The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers and director of Naked Acts. Bridgett Davis will read and sign copies of her critically acclaimed book as a part of Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Non-Violence, a day long festival featuring films by women filmmakers and artists presented by BAAFSSO and Reel Sisters. Light refreshments served.

A screening of Naked Acts will follow the book signing — attendees must purchase tickets for the special screening. The book signing is free and open to the public, please RSVP in advance.

Raqiyah Mays, Author/Journalist/Host of the podcast "Real Black News"/Amnesty International, will moderate the book signing and film discussion.

AUTHOR'S BIO

Bridgett M. Davis is Professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches creative, film and narrative writing and is Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she is the director of the award-winning feature film Naked Acts, as well as the author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow and Shifting Through Neutral. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The World According to Fannie Davis is a daughter’s moving homage to an extraordinary mother whose entrepreneurial skills as a Detroit numbers runner lifted her family into a comfortable middle class lifestyle.It is a suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to “make a way out of no way” to provide a prosperous life for her family — and how those sacrifices resonate over time.

MODERATOR'S BIO

Raqiyah Maysis a multi-hyphenated author, journalist, radio personality, host of the podcast “Real Black News,” and life-long activist. As a college freshman, she helped create the Diversity Union on Penn State’s Altoona campus in response to acts of racism toward black classmates. After transferring to the HBCU, Hampton University, she began her career as a radio personality and journalist with an internship at Vibe Magazine. As an NYC radio personality she’s worked at Power 105, Hot 97, the morning show on NYC’s legendary 98.7 Kiss FM, and most recently 107.5 WBLS. Raqiyah has written articles covering the intersection of social issues and entertainment for everyone from Vibe, Ebony, Essence,and Black Enterpriseto The Associated Press, Billboard,and Complex.

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BAAFSSO serves to communicate ideas emanating from diverse areas and disciplines; act on specific issues to improve the conditions of Blacks on campus; create a viable vehicle through which the campus’s Black community could come together; eradicate inequities based upon racial and sexual discrimination; and facilitate networking. For information on BAAFSSO visit: www.njcu.edu/campus-life/baafsso.

Founded in 1997 by African Voices, Reel Sisters is the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival devoted to women of color. Info: www.reelsisters.org.

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