Distinguished Barnard alumnae Asali Solomon and Alexis Pauline Gumbs read from their novels, stories, and poems as prelude to a discussion about the pleasures and dangers of black girlhood. Asali Solomon is the author of the recently published, critically acclaimed
novel Disgruntled—a comingof-age story centering on Kenya, a daughter of black nationalists who finds herself navigating both radical politics and elite white educational institutions on her way to adulthood—and Get Down!, a collection of short stories. Alexis Gumbs, queer black troublemaker, black feminist love evangelist, time traveller and space cadet, is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and the author of a forthcoming work of narrative black feminist theory called Spill. She is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind intergalactic community school, and was recently named one of “6 Scholars Currently Reimaging Black Politics” by The Nation.