The Bitter Game Post Performance Roundtable: Baltimore and Beyond
The Bitter Game Post Performance Roundtable
Dayvon Love, Brandi Francis, David Fakunle
What can we learn from the 2015 unrest in Baltimore, and how can we use that to move forward in the Black Lives Matter Movement, which at its core is a movement for basic human rights? Following a performance of Keith A. Wallace's The Bitter Game, Baltimore activists lead a round table discussion designed to put the community at the center of the movement for change.
Dayvon Love, a Baltimore-based political organizer, is the Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots think-tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people. Love has been featured on MSNBC and has given a TedX talk titled “Fixing Police Brutality Requires Building Power in Local Communities”.
Brandi Francis, a writer, educator, teaching artist and business owner. She was featured in the Huffington Post as the “breastfeeding bride,” and was a featured poet at Busboys and Poets where she shared excerpts from her forthcoming book How I Became My Daughter.
David Fakunle, a Baltimore Corps fellow who received his doctorate in mental health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is motivated by his upbringing in Baltimore, and specifically how opportunities molded him into a dynamic force for change. In addition to being a professional "disruptor of the system," he actively participates in the performing arts as an African drummer, African storyteller, singer, actor, dancer and public speaker.
Moderated by Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi. 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. She is a also 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 literature 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.