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Mahogany Books Meet and Greet with Author Sesali Bowen

Location MahoganyBooks - National Harbor 121 American Way Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Date Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration   1 hours, 30 minutes
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Calling all baddies & #TrapFeminists! MahoganyBooks is excited to host a special afternoon meet and greet event with author Sesali Bowen, author of Bad Fat Black Girl.

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Sesali Bowen learned early on how to hustle, stay on her toes, and champion other Black women and femmes as she navigated Blackness, queerness, fatness, friendship, poverty, sex work, and self-love. Her love of trap music led her to the top of hip-hop journalism, profiling game-changing artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo, and Janelle Monae. But despite all the beauty, complexity, and general badassery she saw, Bowen found none of that nuance represented in mainstream feminism. Thus, she coined Trap Feminism, a contemporary framework that interrogates where feminism meets today's hip-hop.Bad Fat Black Girl offers a new, inclusive feminism for the modern world. Weaving together searing personal essay and cultural commentary, Bowen interrogates sexism, fatphobia, and capitalism all within the context of race and hip-hop. In the process, she continues a Black feminist legacy of unmatched sheer determination and creative resilience.

Sesali Bowen is a writer who curates events, writes for film and television, and creates elevated pop culture correspondence. Bowen is the former senior entertainment editor at Nylon magazine and senior entertainment writer at Refinery29. Focusing on Black pop culture, she helped launch Unbothered, R29's sub brand for Black women. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Feministing.

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