Two Upcoming Opportunities to Engage/Learn

There are two events coming up that I’d like to share with you. The first is this Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 7 pm at the Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street. The event, hosted by Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council and UNCA’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, is “Multi-Generational Conversations on Race, Pt. 1.”  The invite reads: “Join us for our two-part series — a diverse group of panelists will participate in community conversations on race, age, and generational differences in perspectives.” The second event, “Everybody’s Environment: Voices for Conservation and Community,” will be held on Friday, October 10, … Continue reading Two Upcoming Opportunities to Engage/Learn

Diversity Through Laughter

Here is an article I wrote for this week’s Mountain Xpress: Asheville likes to celebrate diversity, and we’ve got the bumper stickers to prove it. But when it comes to actually experiencing diversity, that’s another story. “I come from Miami, and I’m so used to seeing a diverse group of people, all kinds of people, hanging out,” says Tiffany Gill of The Color ME Brown Project. “I’d like to see more of that here in Asheville.” Victoria Blount, the nonprofit’s creative director, puts it this way: “If you’re in a certain demographic, there’s a ton for you to do. But … Continue reading Diversity Through Laughter

Braving Controversy to Promote Diversity

I recently received the following email from the Center for Diversity Education, a wonderful organization whose vision is to “help build relationships across differences to create a more inclusive and equitable community.” Specifically, the CDE “celebrates and teaches diversity in order to foster conversation and respect among cultures.” I applaud the CDE for their work, much of which happens in the public schools. This story highlights the importance of this type of programming: “Every year someone has objected to an observance in the Center for Diversity Education program Festivals of Light. Sometimes it is Kwanzaa because of the founder’s political ideology … Continue reading Braving Controversy to Promote Diversity

Date My City: Dinner and a Movie

The story below was originally published on my tumblr earlier of this year, but I thought I’d re-post it here since there will be another Date My City event this Friday, November 15. The invite for Friday’s event states, “Asheville, DATE MY CITY proudly presents: Dinner and a Movie, featuring 12 Years A Slave, where Asheville native Chris Chalk plays the role of Clemens Ray, a fellow kidnapped slave brought to the South with main character, Solomon Northup. DETAILS: 7:00 pm at the Mellow Mushroom, 50 Broadway then, at 9:45 pm, 12 Years a Slave at the Fine Arts Theatre, … Continue reading Date My City: Dinner and a Movie