CrossTalk DC: A.C.T.O.R (2016)

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CrossTalk DC: A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race), one of the Talks and Screenings at the Folger, was held in The Haskell Center for Education and Public Programs on Friday, Friday, July 1, 2016 at 6:00pm.

The CrossTalk series was presented alongside the Folger Theatre production of District Merchants, that brought disparate publics together to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history.

A.C.T.O.R. is a recurring open discussion series hosted by Busboys and Poets. The acronym stands for “A Continuing Talk On Race”. It provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action!

Speakers at this CrossTalk DC Conversation included:

Fahima Patricia Seck, a Producer At-large with Pacifica Radio and an adjunct university professor where she has taught a class on Race and Ethnic Relations for nearly 15 years. Fahima is also a member of the working group for Busboys and Poets A.C.T.O.R. ongoing series.

Mimi Michado-Luces, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, producer, writer and director. Mimi is also the founder and CEO of TVA Media and as of this event was working on a series documenting the history of Afro Latinos in the Americas, La Vida en Black, beginning with her own families' sojourn from Trinidad and Venezuela, Trinivini Tribe.

Netfa Freeman, with the Institute for Policy studies, IPS. For a decade Netfa served as the director of the Institute's Social Action and Leadership School for Activist SALSA. He is also the executive producer and co-host of Voices With Vision, which airs on Pacifica Radio WPFW 89.3fm on Tuesday's at 9:00 am. Netfa's writings have appeared in Black Star News; The Black Commentator; Black Agenda Report and other publications.

Jay Winter Nightwolf (Jay Gola Waya Sunoyi) is an Elder of the Echota Cherokee Nation of Alabama. He is also Tieno, Shoshone and Black. Nightwolf is a writer, producer and poet. He is also the executive producer of "The American Indian's Truth" "Nightwolf: The Most Dangerous Show on the Radio," which airs on Pacifica Radio WPFW 89.3fm on Friday's at 2:00pm.