Saturday, April 29, 2006

How to Rent a Negro

From time to time, I'd get lucky and catch a good book reading on C-Span 2 Book TV because the TV was not on or available all the time. This morning, I was able to watch Damali Ayo, the author of How to Rent a Negro, talk about her book.

The title of the book caught my interest immediately. It was definitely an attention grabber. The first thing I noticed about Miss Ayo was her great smile. She was an animated and funny storyteller. The book was obviously about race and stereotypes. Miss Ayo wanted her book to generate conversation and dialogue about racism and slavery. The book included email exchanges between the readers and the author on her website. It also had a "race card." Miss Ayo believed that her book was good for young people to prepare them emotionally with race issues.

I'll definitly read that book when I get a chance. You can check out Miss Ayo's website at www.rent-a-negro.com.

5 Comments:

Blogger heather_day said...

hey, i'm glad your into ms. ayo's work! i'm a big fan myself. she has done a lot of different projects and you should definitely check out her website, http://damaliayo.com/ and the links for "exhibits/talks" and "performance" to see more of her work. videos, audio tracks, and event dates are also posted on her myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/damaliayocds

she is also very good with interactive presentations. if you or someone you know might be interested in booking her for a highschool or college presentation, exhibit, talk etc, just email info@damaliayo.com.

you can also check out/print out a press info sheet at her website, damaliayo.com

enjoy!

heather day,
administrative assistant to damali ayo.

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