- April 15, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
For Damon Young, co-founder of VerySmartBrothas, and one of today's most respected writers on race and culture, existing while black is an extreme sport. Possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as “How should I react here, as a professional black person?” and “Will this white person’s potato salad kill me?” are forever relevant.
Damon’s latest book, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, chronicles his efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him, in a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be black (and male) in America.
Join A-lan Holt, Interim Executive Director at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, for a conversation with Damon celebrating the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness while critiquing white supremacy and how we define masculinity.
Damon Young is a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas, a senior editor for The Root, and a columnist for GQ. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, Slate, Salon, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Jezebel, Complex, EBONY, Essence, USA Today, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.
A-lan Holt is the Interim Executive Director at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. There she trains undergraduates in the areas of diversity and culture, arts leadership, and social justice. She is a mother and practicing artist whose work includes theater, poetry, and film. She is a 2018 Sundance Fellow, a 2018 SF Film Screenwriting Fellow, and a frequent contributor on-air at KQED Arts.