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Having Love and Hope in a Time of Hate: An Interactive Conversation with Kevin Powell

  • Montclair Public Library 50 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States (map)

Montclair Public Library presents an evening with Kevin Powell, one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today. The Jersey City product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, he managed to attend Rutgers University thanks to the Educational Opportunity Fund founded during the Civil Rights Movement.

As a writer, Kevin has penned articles, essays, and blogs for a wide range of newspapers, magazines, and major websites including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, ESPN, Essence, Ebony, Rolling Stone, Esquire, HuffPost, and Vibe, where he was a senior writer and founding staff member. In recent months, Kevin has written British GQ cover stories on Black Panther movie co-stars Michael B. Jordan (March 2018) and Chadwick Boseman (October 2018). He currently hosts an Apple Podcast called “One on One with Kevin Powell.”

Kevin is the author of 13 books, including his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen. He has a forthcoming biography of Tupac Shakur, whom Kevin interviewed many times while working for Vibe.

As an activist, Kevin is also a cofounder of BK Nation, a new American organization and website focused on civil and human rights and equal opportunity for all people. He also ran for Congress in New York City in 2008 and 2010.

Kevin is one of the producers of “SHE, a Choreoplay,” a theater production about healing and empowerment, and ending violence against women and girls, created by his wife Jinah Parker, the dancer, choreographer, and playwright. SHE will make its Off-Broadway debut in the second half of 2019. Kevin and his wife are proud and long-time residents of Brooklyn, New York.

Event is free but registration is required.