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MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast

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MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast is a thoughtfully curated series that offers a unique opportunity to listen to Black authors discussing their latest works. Each episode of the podcast features an in-depth conversation with an author, delving into their creative process, inspirations, and the themes explored in their book. The series is a re-cast of the live author talks hosted by MahoganyBooks, a Black-owned bookstore in Washington DC that is dedicated to promoting literature written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. With the podcast, listeners can enjoy the same level of engagement and intellectual stimulation as the live events, from the comfort of their own homes.

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United States

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MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast is a thoughtfully curated series that offers a unique opportunity to listen to Black authors discussing their latest works. Each episode of the podcast features an in-depth conversation with an author, delving into their creative process, inspirations, and the themes explored in their book. The series is a re-cast of the live author talks hosted by MahoganyBooks, a Black-owned bookstore in Washington DC that is dedicated to promoting literature written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. With the podcast, listeners can enjoy the same level of engagement and intellectual stimulation as the live events, from the comfort of their own homes.

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English


Episodes
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A Bold Conversation on Aging, Financial Insecurity, and Social Change

4/8/2024
Have you ever pondered the narratives that shape our approach to aging, particularly as women? Our latest episode at MahoganyBooks brings together Lyn Slater, Christine Platt, and Elizabeth White, three authors who unravel this complex web with works that challenge and redefine societal expectations. Through Lyn's 'How to Be Old,' Christine's 'The Afromnimalist's Guide to Living with Less,' and Elizabeth's '55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal,' we journey into the depths of aging with dignity, the liberation of minimalism, and the stark reality of financial instability that lurks beneath the surface for many approaching their golden years. As my husband and I champion the rich tapestry of African American literature, we also turn a critical eye to the 'forgotten middle'—those navigating the precarious stretch between retirement and the twilight of life. Our panelists share personal stories that underscore the urgency of reimagining policies and support structures to better serve this demographic. They offer a powerful antidote to the extremes that glamorize either decline or unrealistic agelessness, revealing the importance of preparation in all facets of life. Wrapping up this compelling session, we engage in a heartfelt dialogue on the transformative potential of African American literature to spark change. We delve into the intergenerational gaps within housing, the often invisible contributions of older women, and the innovations in dementia care that beckon us to rethink our approach to communal living. The conversation doesn’t just end here; it's a clarion call to action, an invitation to join the movement of Black Books Matter, where we continuously amplify these critical voices and stories that shape our world. Discover a world of Black Literature Visit MahoganyBooks and use code 'Front Row' to save 10% on your first purchase. #BlackBooksMatter Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:01:12:47

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A Tapestry Woven from Black Struggle, Literature, and Leadership

3/25/2024
As we gather around the warm, inclusive space of a MahoganyBooks author event, we're reminded that the power of literature is not just in storytelling, but in shaping futures and fueling revolutions. Reverend Tony Lee ushers us into this sacred dialogue with a stirring invocation, leading us to explore the growth of our dear sister Rahiel Tesfamariam, author of the new book Imagine Freedom, from the foundational days of Urban Cusp to her present victories. Joined by the insightful Roland Martin, we navigate the cultural significance books have in our collective quest for freedom, celebrating the role of African-American literature in our shared journey to imagine and achieve a more liberating world. Embarking on a profound exploration of liberation and healing, we traverse the transformative landscapes of education, activism, and media. As Rahiel recounts her evolution from a youth advocate to the founder of Urban Cusp, the conversation turns to the importance of owning our narratives and challenging the structures that seek to undermine our cultural identity. She lifts up the voices of mentors and community builders, sharing tales of the gained growth under their wise counsel. Every step is a testament to the might of mentorship and the pivotal role faith plays in turning our adversities into thriving lives. As the episode crescendos, we engage with you, our listeners, in a vibrant Q&A session that spans from the personal to the political, from the influence of creative works on our lives to strategies for dismantling systemic oppression. And to add a capstone to an already powerful event, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson steps to the mic with an edification for Rahiel but to also remind all listeners to be unashamed as they challenge any institution that doesn't radically imagine freedom for every person. Join us for this powerful celebration of spirit, struggle, and storytelling. Discover a world of Black Literature Visit MahoganyBooks and use code 'Front Row' to save 10% on your first purchase. #BlackBooksMatter Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:01:34:49

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Crafting a Narrative at the Crossroads of Black Masculinity and Queerness

3/11/2024
Embark on a profound exploration of African-American literature and personal storytelling with Rasheed Copeland and our guest Dr. Tony Keith Jr., as they unravel the threads of identity, language, and the art of narrative. Dr. Keith, a poet whose words paint the truths of the black and LGBTQ+ communities, takes us behind the scenes of his memoir "How the Boogeyman Became a Poet." His tale, catalyzed by an inquisitive young fan, delves into the shift from academic to YA writing amid the pandemic's global upheaval. Through Tony's eyes, we witness the intimate bond between a writer and their creations, illuminating the relevance and power of African-American stories. Embarking on our podcast journey, we navigate the intricate pathways of self-identity and delve into the subtleties of code-switching, all while exploring Dr. Keith's experiences within various educational settings. The conversation seamlessly traverses the literary landscape, centering on Richard Wright's "Native Son" and delving into themes of black masculinity, intertwined with the solace Dr. Keith discovers in poetry. Drawing parallels, he likens the art of captivating a congregation in a black church or commanding the stage as an MC to the confident yet vulnerable expression that shapes our public persona. These reflections become interwoven with personal anecdotes, casting light on the delicate balance of revealing oneself through the written word. As the Boogeyman (Dr. Keith) sheds his cloak to reveal the poet beneath, we discuss the selective art of storytelling—choosing the details that resonate with the core theme of one's journey. The liberation found in writing to confront racism, homophobia, and poverty reveals the transformative power of language and self-expression. Closing the episode, we underscore the importance of African American literature in shaping personal narratives and influencing cultural tapestry. Tune in to MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast and be transported by the voices of African American authors who guide us through their experiences and the vibrant hues of their stories. Discover a world of Black Literature Visit MahoganyBooks and use code 'Front Row' to save 10% on your first purchase. #BlackBooksMatter Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:00:55:47

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Cultivating Resilience Against Racial Stressors

2/27/2024
When Dr. Rheeda L. Walker graced our Anacostia bookstore, we embarked on a profound journey into the heart of African-American mental health. Her inspiring story, from the roots of Savannah, Georgia to the penning of "The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health," offers a lifeline to those navigating the complexities of wellbeing within the Black community. It's not just a discussion; it's an exploration of the layers beneath our daily struggles and the strategies that can lead us toward healing. As we unpack the insidious effects of racism on both mental and physical health, the conversation turns to actionable remedies. It's not enough to recognize the problem; we need tools to counteract it. Enter the power of deep breathing—a profound simplicity that can transform our stress responses. With a guided session to illustrate its impact, we bring this practice to your ears, empowering you with a technique to use whenever life's pressures mount. Finally, we investigate the interwoven fabric of generational mental health, considering how our media consumption and digital habits shape our psyche. Incremental changes, Dr. Walker suggests, can lead to monumental shifts in our mental landscape. And through the joy of music and writing, we find a personal resonance that uplifts and inspires. It's an episode that celebrates the small victories, the power of presence, and the communal spirit of sharing wisdom to light our paths forward. Discover a world of Black Literature Visit MahoganyBooks and use code 'Front Row' to save 10% on your first purchase. #BlackBooksMatter Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:00:48:01

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Tracing the Legacy of Black Entrepreneurial Spirit

2/19/2024
As the pages of African-American history are turned, the profound insights of Dr. Malveaux illuminate our podcast with the authenticity and depth of black narratives. Our discussion transcends mere storytelling, delving into the emotional resonance of African-American literature, from the cherished tales at Mahogany Books to the haunting echoes of Tulsa's Black Wall Street. We honor the entrepreneurial spirit, resilience, and richness of black storytelling, celebrating the legacy of icons like Maggie Lena Walker and Dr. Phyllis Ann Wallace. Their stories of overcoming immense challenges to leave indelible marks on our history serve as powerful beacons for economic empowerment and generational wealth. The thread of literature weaves through our conversation as I recount a childhood framed by books and the pioneering spirit of my social worker mother, shaping my own journey into economics and social justice. Dr. Malveaux and I explore the intricacies of black economic history—a landscape fraught with the dualities of entrepreneurial triumphs and the scars of lynching and racial violence. The episode uncovers the nuanced relationship between economic envy and the atrocities committed against thriving Black communities, bringing to light the indomitable resilience that defines our past and continues to shape our present. As we traverse the narrative of Tulsa's Greenwood District, the essence of community among Black bookstore owners emerges, reflecting a legacy of strength and unity. We grapple with the complexities of preserving African American history in the face of erasure and the critical role of education in this endeavor. The conversation concludes with an emphasis on the vitality of black-owned banks and landmarks, urging our listeners to engage in the support and retention of our cultural heritage. Join us in this vital dialogue, where literature, history, and economics interlace to form the fabric of the African-American experience. Support the showThanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:01:10:07

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Celebrating Black Financial Empowerment with Tiffany Aliche

2/12/2024
Ever wondered how to untangle the often complex web of personal finance? Tiffany Aliche, affectionately known as the Budgetnista, joins us to share her pearls of financial wisdom that have captivated audiences nationwide and landed her features in Forbes and on OWN. With her down-to-earth style, Tiffany transforms confusing financial jargon into bite-sized, actionable strategies that empower our community to thrive. We're ecstatic to celebrate the launch of her latest book, a beacon of hope and guidance for those looking to master their money matters with grace and wisdom. This episode is more than a simple author talk; it's a heartfelt homage to black love and the bond Tiffany shared with her supportive husband. As we sing a joyous 'Happy Birthday' to her new book, we also honor the milestones and triumphs that continue to enrich African-American literature. Laugh with us, learn with us, and discover why Tiffany's new release is fondly dubbed the 'Big Sister book.' Ready to feel inspired and equipped to tackle your financial goals? The MahoganyBooks Front Row podcast is where your journey begins. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:01:07:50

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Revisiting Our Roots through "Barracoon" with Dr. Ibram Kendi

2/5/2024
When the echoes of our ancestors' voices find a way to whisper through the pages of history, it takes a masterful storyteller to translate that whisper into a roar. That's precisely what Zora Neale Hurston achieves in "Barracoon," her account of Cudjoe Lewis's harrowing journey from African freedom to the trials of Jim Crow Apartheid. Our conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a titan in the realm of antiracist literature, and moderated by the insightful Dr. Tony Keith Jr., bridges the past and present, revealing the undiminished power of such narratives to challenge, teach, and transform. Imagine the impact of ancestral stories being woven into the fabric of our youth's education, stirring a profound curiosity about their heritage and the complex tapestry of American history. We dissect how "Barracoon" for young readers can spark a voracious appetite for knowledge in children. It's not just about recounting history; it's about inviting young minds to question the legacy of the African diaspora and connect on a deeply personal level with the collective experiences of Black people through time. Our journey through the literary landscape concludes with an homage to the 'Black Books Matter' movement and the indelible mark African American literature has made on society's consciousness. Dr. Kendi and Dr. Keith, through their erudite perspectives, elevate our discourse and underscore the necessity for these narratives in shaping a more truthful and nuanced understanding of the past. Join us as we affirm the power of black storytelling—a testament to the resilience and brilliance of a people whose stories refuse to be silenced. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:00:56:12

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Unveiling the Healing Power of Black Storytelling

1/29/2024
Have you ever considered the profound connections between rest, memory, and the stories that shape us? This is the heart of our conversation with Cole Arthur Riley and Tricia Hersey, two luminaries in African-American literature and culture. In this episode of MahoganyBooks Front Row: The Podcast, we are thrilled to escort you through a realm where literature serves as a beacon, illuminating the importance of narrative in our personal and communal identities. Our dialogue traverses the landscapes of emotion, memory, and spirituality, unearthing the ways in which they weave into the fabric of black storytelling. During this conversation, Cole and Tricia unravel the intricate tapestry of the writing process, from the push and pull of deadlines to the ethereal influence of our ancestors and spirituality in creating art. We are also treated to the personal experiences and strategies they implement for honing creativity, even amidst life's relentless pace. The episode is laden with anecdotes and insights, including Cole's journey of completing a book in just 42 days, which reveals the sheer grit behind the graceful art of writing. Their words serve as an invitation to find calm in poetry, the therapeutic embrace of journaling, and the grounding practice of reading transformative works like "Beloved" and "The Salt Eaters." With every story shared and every insight offered, we're reminded of the indelible mark that literature leaves on our souls. This isn't merely a conversation; it's a sanctuary for those who find solace in the written word and a testament to the enduring power of African-American literature. As you listen, may you be inspired to honor your own narratives, embrace the sanctity of rest, and continue the legacy of storytelling that has been, and always will be, a cornerstone of culture and identity. Join us as we celebrate the books that resonate, the words that heal, and the stories that bind us together. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:01:03:53

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Art, Literature, and Body Positivity Conversations with Vashti Harrison

1/15/2024
Imagine finding a community that not only reads but lives and breathes the stories that reflect your very essence. That's the magic my husband and I aimed to capture when we founded MahoganyBooks 16 years ago. In our latest conversation, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Vashti Harrison, of the children's book, Big, along with the remarkable White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, join us to discuss the transformative power of African-American literature. We unpack the significance of accessible Black books and celebrate the role of storytelling in nurturing Black identity. It's not just about pages and ink; it's about recognizing the narratives that affirm our place in the world. Have you ever considered how the innocence of childhood can be truncated by societal biases? We tackle the heart-wrenching issue of adultification bias, as highlighted in the study "Girlhood Interrupted" from the Georgetown Law Center. Vastie Harrison delves into her personal mission to dismantle these harmful stereotypes through the beauty and intentionality of her art. Our dialogue ventures deep into the creative strategies used in her picture books, aiming to spark a reconsideration of perceptions and empower Black children. Each illustration, each page turn, is a step toward self-definition for young readers and a mirror for adults to reflect upon the impact of their words. Lastly, our episode embraces the conversation on body positivity, the critical need to challenge anti-fat bias, and the collective effort required for systemic change. We tease future projects that promise to push the boundaries of traditional formats and inspire our young audience, answering their thoughtful questions. Plus, a live drawing demonstration peels back the curtain on the artistic process. Join us for an episode that is as much a tribute to the legacy of African-American literature as it is a call to action, reminding us why Black Books Matter in our society. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:00:33:14

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Rachel Cargle Discuss A Renaissance of Our Own

1/1/2024
This author talk featuring author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Rachel Cargle in conversation with Well-Read Black Girl founder, Glory Edim, was everything we'd hoped it would be. Each lady brought warmth and wisdom, discussing how African American literature serves not just as a mirror reflecting personal growth but also as a beacon calling for societal change. Their experiences, alongside the revelations shared from Rachel's memoir, A Renaissance of Our Own, shed light on the essential nature of storytelling in advocacy and the holistic approach to defining success that transcends material wealth. Our conversation turned to the struggle and beauty of remaining true to oneself amidst the demands of public life. We pondered the legacies of powerhouse figures like Oprah and Beyoncé, delving into how their examples of ambition and self-realization have influenced our personal and professional endeavors. This discussion was a reminder that our brightest potential lies within, waiting to be unlocked by embracing every facet of our identity. We wrapped up our heartfelt exchange by contemplating the balance between personal well-being and the fight for collective liberation, a conversation sparked by the poignant insights of Tony Kate Bombard and the impact of the Loveland Foundation. Acknowledging the complex dance with financial freedom, we recognized the power of investing in our communities and the infinite potential when we fuse entrepreneurship with activism. As we honored the contributions of black playwrights like Angelina Weld Grimke, we found ourselves not just recounting history but paving the way for future generations to discover the richness and diversity of African-American literature. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:00:53:21

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Dolen Perkins Valdez Discusses Take My Hand

12/18/2023
MahoganyBooks welcomed NAACP Image Award-winning and New York Times Best-Selling author, Dolen Perkins-Valdez for a book discussion and audience Q&A for her riveting work, Take My Hand. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:01:07:13

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Cleo Wade Discusses Remember Love

12/4/2023
MahoganyBooks was thrilled to host a special evening with New York Times bestselling author Cleo Wade who discussed her new book, Remember Love: Words for Tender Times with Symone Sanders-Townsend in partnership with our friends at THEARC. Chart a path away from exhaustion and endless crises and toward a place of renewal and radiant love with New York Times bestselling author Cleo Wade as your guide. During this special event, guests will be reminded that love, particularly self-love, is what saves us, even on our worst days. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:01:13:27

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Michael Harriot Discusses Black AF History

11/26/2023
MahoganyBooks welcomed beloved columnist Michael Harriot to discuss his new book Black AF History, a comprehensive and bitingly hilarious appraisal of American history, in which the dominant narrative is directly confronted and corrected to showcase the perspectives and experiences of Black Americans. The conversation was led by MahoganyBooks owner/co-founder Derrick A. Young & The Griot's very own Panama Jackson. Support the show Thanks for listening! Show support by reviewing our podcast and sharing it with a friend. You can also follow us on Instagram, @MahoganyBooks, for information about our next author event and attend live.

Duration:01:08:11