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On the Table Conversations: Black History Month

Feb 26, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Philadelphia Media Network, Philadelphia, PA
Event Summary

In honor of Black History Month, the Philadelphia Inquirer has created a forum to speak about various topics surrounding black culture and its communities. Come spend the evening at The Philadelphia Inquirer headquarters celebrating black life and talking deeply about issues important to the black community.

Registrants will participate in a networking reception, then be split into breakout sessions for an hour and a half conversation hosted by a subject matter expert.

Subjects and hosts are listed below. Please select your preferred conversation topic when reserving your seat. Space is limited, and conversations will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Event Details

Program Agenda

Reception & Networking -  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Conversations - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
(Registrants will select one topic from the list below.)

Closing -  8:30 pm - 8:45 pm 


On The Table Conversation Topics

(One conversation per registrant) 

1. Celebrating Black Family Life
Host: Anthony Cuffie (Vice President, Regional Advertising Sales and Advertising Operations)

There's nothing like hearing a good family story. Come ready to tell your best inspirational, funny, and amazing story about one of your kin, and/or loved ones. We will be videotaping, so don't be shy. And we will likely close out the evening with a few of your stories.


2. Everybody Wants to be WOKE
Host: Jenice Armstrong (Metro Columnist) 

There's been a resurgence of 'woke' people in the black community, especially after we all visited "Wakanda" last year. But what does being woke really mean in Philly in 2019?


3. Reimagining Black Manhood
Host: Michael Days (VP of Diversity and Inclusion) 

Can we have an honest conversation about homophobia and transphobia within the black community? And how does the media tell those stories in an earnest, and straightforward way?


4. The Mental Health Meet-Up
Host: Dr. Clara Whaley Perkins (Philadelphia-based Psychologist) 

Talk surrounding the state of our mental health has never been a popular subject in the black community. Some might even say we run from these types of conversations. How do we get beyond that? How do we get healthy, and stay healthy?  


5. We’re black – and more
Host: Valerie Russ (Identity and Values Reporter) 

We have many different titles when it comes to describing our identity as people of color. Sometimes we're black, other times we're African-American, Jamaican, Haitian, West Indian, West African, Descendants of Slaves, Biracial, etc. The list can be endless, but the question still remains. How do we bridge the gap and build uniformity within the diaspora?   


6.  The Black Aesthetic and Black Digital Culture
Host: Cassie Owens (Modern Life Reporter)

Nielsen, the folk who aggressively study what Americans want, where they go, and what they buy have concluded that "the access to technology among black consumers is a lightning rod for innovation that's opening doors of opportunity to creativity, entrepreneurship, and financial independence."


7. Black Girl Majik (Magic)
Host: TyLisa Johnson (Lenfest Fellow and General Assignment Reporter) 

There's lots of conversations and references to black girl magic these days. But what is, and what isn't changing for our black women. What progress is happening and what progress is needed? Come on ladies... and gents, let's talk about it.


8. Our Schools
Host: Yvette Ousley (Education Editor and Deputy Editor on Power and Policy Desk) 

The Philadelphia School District has gone through tremendous changes since 1997, when the first charter schools were approved by the Pennsylvania legislature. Some parents say charters are better and safer. Others say they fail to serve the neediest children. How can and should the school districts and the city's 80-plus charters coexist? What needs to change?



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Philadelphia Media Network
801 Market Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Feb 26, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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