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2nd biennial Black Author’s Expo || Saturday, October 13



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Coming to Alexandria, VA, Saturday, October 13

The second biennial Black Author’s Expo! The expo was started by Alexandria natives, Roberta Elliott Speight and Lynn Nelson. Their goal is to create a community platform that will promote awareness of African American Authors and small businesses.

They are passionate about providing opportunities for black authors to not only showcase their talent but to also inspire and educate future generations. This event will also feature a guest panel of speakers, publishers, vendors, music, prizes, and fun!

Please join us Saturday, October 13th at Dunbar Alexandria Boys & Girls Club located at 401 North Payne St, Alexandria, VA 22314(11:00am – 5:00pm).

If you have interest in participating as an author, vendor or sponsor please contact Roberta Speight at or Lynn Nelson at [email protected] or 240.389.0094. Deadline Sept 21, 2018.

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MahoganyBooks Presents An Author Talk & Book Signing with Songstress, Ledisi | Sunday, December 2nd



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MahoganyBooks is proud to present, 12x Grammy-nominated recording artist, actress, songwriter and author, Ledisi for a special discussion and signing of her powerful new book, The Walk: Accepting Your Life As It Is Now. This powerhouse is known around the world for her spellbinding voice and today she is sharing her truths about enjoying your life’s journey right where you are.

“The act of walking requires you to take one step and then another until you arrive at your destination. In ‘The Walk’, Ledisi shares the steps she took to get to her best life. And just like her songs, the gems she so bravely shares about her life will inspire many. I am so proud of her! Keep walking in your majesty, my beloved.”
~Iyanla Vanzant, Host, Iyanla: Fix My Life

Ledisi will be in conversation with MahoganyBooks Co-owner, Connection Strategist and 2018 Root 100 Honoree, Ramunda Lark Young.

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THE POWER OF PRESENCE | Booking Signing and Discussion



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In THE POWER OF PRESENCE, Moore shares compelling stories from women who have been there and practical advice on everything from savings accounts and mindfulness, this book is a compassionate look at what it takes to raise great kids even in less than ideal circumstances.

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Pieces of Eight Workshop Series: Moving Past Fear to Writing Your Truth



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Moving Past Fear to Writing Your Truth

Join us for our Duende District x MahoganyBooks Pieces of Eight Workshop Series, hosted by writer/creative/cultural architect Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi.

About the Workshop:

This holistic & generative workshop will explore writing from a healing and spiritual perspective. Attendees will learn to create writing rituals, engage in writing exercises designed to get at the heart of the matter and reframe the writing process so that fear does not stifle the process.

About the Facilitator:

A long-time lynchpin in the DC arts scene, Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi shares her time between two passions: cultural architecture and teaching.  Kat is a self-defined cultural architect and owner of LiL SoSo Productions, LLC ( where she creates high-quality nightlife experiences, produces and directs conversations on and around progressive culture and aesthetics, and works with artists and creatives of all sorts in a variety of branding and administrative capacities. In addition, she is an associate professor in the English department at Prince George’s Community College where she teaches courses in composition writing, specializes in African-American  and world literatures and also serves as the college’s director for its Book Bridge Project. She is also adjunct faculty at Bowie State University and teaches a course on self promotion and marketing as part of the university’s Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts program.

Kat is working on her first book Seeing-Eye Woman a collection of essays, poems, recipes, rituals, musings and spells that reflect growing up and living as a Black Magickal Woman.

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Twitter + Instagram: @katskornerco + @lsp_onthego


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