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  1. Join Team Callaloo as they premiere their 3rd book in the Callaloo series, "Callaloo: The Trickster and the Magic Quilt" by Marjuan Canady and Illustrated by Nabeeh Bilal. The premiere will take place at Sankofa Video & Books, and will feature a red carpet book signing and performance! About the book: In search of a long lost patch from her grandmother's quilt, Zoe and her friend Winston travel to the Gullah Sea Islands where they meet the slick-talking Bruh Rabbit, who tricks them into handing over their quilt and vanishes to the magical island of Sankofaland. Wi
  2. Sankofa Video & Books presents Eloise Greenfield Day: A 40th Anniversary Celebration of ‘Honey, I Love and Other Poems’ April 22, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jada F. Smith - 832-656-2654 Washington, D.C. -- Sankofa Video and Books, the largest purveyor of African-American children’s literature in the District, is celebrating the work of renowned children’s book author Eloise Greenfield and the 40th anniversary of her seminal collection, Honey, I Love and Other Poems.
  3. Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is celebrating black literature of all age and grade levels with the 6th annual Magical Mirrors Book Fair! Children and families are welcome to Sankofa from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., December 9-10, for a weekend of storytelling, crafts, kids yoga, African dance classes and more. Click here for additional information. Saturday, Dec. 9All day - Hot cider, hot chocolate and winter treats with special Magical Mirrors Kid’s MenuAll day - Face painting with artist Malaika BryantAll day - Arts & crafts 11 am - Kids yoga presented by Twists and Turns Body Fitness. Fre
  4. 3 p.m., Sunday, November 19 Von Martin is no joke when it comes to serious research on Caribbean culture. He searches through neighborhood voices, which at times, have simply slipped through our fingers. He turns to these in order to remind us of the authenticity of decisive experiences in the growth of our earlier lives, yesterday's imagination and dream sequences. He often affords his audiences opportunities to engage outstanding artists with complex issues. His recent book, Voices of Pan Pioneers of Trinidad & Tobago: The Beginning of a Global Legacy, opens thes
  5. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jada F. Smith 832-656-2654 Sankofa Video & Books hosts author Ta-Nehisi Coates for the DC premiere of his book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Monday, October 9, 2017 Washington, DC: Sankofa Video and Books, a beloved anchor institution in the Georgia Avenue corridor and educational resource in the Washington, DC area will host the DC Launch of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ third book, WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy, celebrating the highly anticipated and timely work of this talented so
  6. This Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m., Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe will be hosting noted Caribbean author Opal Palmer Adisa for a reading of her latest collection, "Love's Promise." Angela Y. Davis, legendary activist and educator, called Ms. Adisa's collection "stories for our time, evoking feminism that has as much to do with the quotidian life as with radical social transformation." Indeed, "Love’s Promise" is sweet respite from the often publicly-displayed hate that has become a staple of public discourse. This work displays stories of innocent childhood love, of coupl
  7. Hugh B. Price, former president of the National Urban League, will be at Sankofa Video & Books on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. to read and sign copies of his book, "The African-American Life." In this acclaimed memoir, Price traces his historical lineage throughout the United States. Ancestors such as Nero Hawley, who fought in the American Revolution and served at Valley Forge under General George Washington; George and Rebecca Latimer, who escaped slavery in Virginia by stowing away on a boat and traveling to the North as master and slave; and Lewis Latimer, a famous inventor who worked with
  8. On Saturday, March 4 at at 2 p.m., we'll have a reading and signing with five of the authors from Sycorax's Daughters -- a collection of short stories and poems by black women that delve into the world of imagined demons and shape-shifters, ghosts and mermaids. These women do a thrilling job of exploring real-life fear and alternate realities, from a slavery past to a science-fiction future.This collection challenges the notion in this country that blackness, and therefore black people, are the ultimate horror. By engaging black women as both the authors of these stories as well as the majorit
  9. For immediate release Contact: Jada F. Smith - 832-656-2654 Renowned photographer Chester Higgins discusses the role of imagery in bridging the gap between Africa and its Diaspora with filmmaker Haile Gerima Chester Higgins photographed Maya Angelou in what is now an iconic moment of grace and joy. He captured a profile of Haile Selassie at an Organization for African Unity meeting in 1978. In Haiti, he portrayed young men weaving extravagant hand baskets, and in Brazil, a Candomble priestess dressed fully in white. Each of his striking photos -- prim
  10. For immediate release Contact: Jada F. Smith - 832-656-2654 William Jones, author of “The Ex-Con, The Voodoo Priest, Goddess and the African King: A Social, Cultural and Political Analysis of Four Black Comic Book Heroes” hosts a book reading and discussion at Sankofa In this book, William Jones, founder of the Afrofuturism Network, breaks down the origins of four black comic book characters -- Luke Cage, Papa Midnite, Storm and Black Panther -- and analyzes their representation throughout comic book history. He will read excerpts from his book and host a discussion about
  11. 2714 Georgia Ave NW - Washington, DC 20001 - 2020-234-4755 For immediate release. Contact: Jada F. Smith - 832-656-2654 Washington, DC, December 2, 2016 - This year, Magical Mirrors Children’s Book Fair is in for a special treat as kindergarten teacher-turned-author Sherrita Berry-Petus reads from her books, “Rock on With Your Afro Puffs” and “Smile Bright Chocolate Prince.” Both books seek to cultivate a positive self-image in black boys and girls. Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe continues to expand its children’s literacy eff
  12. Sankofa Bookstore and Mahogany Books will host award-winning author Tracy Chiles McGhee for a reading and discussion of her book, "Melting the Blues," on December 17, 2016 at 4 p.m. The book, which Kirkus Review describes as "a brave, musical story rich with Southern history," examines the complexities of identity, yearnings for love and acceptance, and racial tension in 1950s Arkansas. McGhee -- a D.C. transplant who graduated from Catholic University Law School and Georgetown University -- is the winner of the 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in the category of First Fiction a
  13. Sankofa Bookstore and Mahogany Books will host award-winning author Tracy Chiles McGhee for a reading and discussion of her book, "Melting the Blues," on December 17, 2016 at 4 p.m. The book, which Kirkus Review describes as "a brave, musical story rich with Southern history," examines the complexities of identity, yearnings for love and acceptance, and racial tension in 1950s Arkansas. McGhee -- a D.C. transplant who graduated from Catholic University Law School and Georgetown University -- is the winner of the 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in the category of First Fiction a
  14. Come out to Sankofa Video, Books & Café this Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. for an afternoon with author and screenwriter Robert J. Williams. He will read excerpts from his book, “Strivers and Other Stories,” which recently won the Washington Writers' Publishing House Fiction Prize. This short story collection is set primarily in the black American south between the 1920s and the present day, harnessing the voices of teachers and doctors, train porters and factory workers, soldiers and musicians -- all striving towards their versions of the American dream. With a mix of humor and heart,
  15. Sankofa Video, Books & Café, the neighborhood institution that has nourished the minds, bodies and souls of the Georgia Avenue community in Washington, D.C. for nearly 20 years, is relaunching its weekly childhood literacy program, Happy Nappy Storytelling. The event will take place on September 25, 2016 at 3 p.m., with a reading by renowned historian and children’s book author Glennette Tilley Turner. She will engage the Happy Nappy children, ages 6-10, with her most recent title, "Billy the Barber's Mirror: Reflecting on an Untold Lincoln Story" and "Fort Mose: And The Story of the Man
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