#CLOSErikers Rally at City Hall

Dear #CLOSErikers Partners,
It’s been a busy and exciting month! We are less than a week away from the #CLOSErikers rally at City Hall. It is critical that we make a powerful showing. Your voices, and the voices of your clients, members, and participants MUST be a part of the system that replaces Rikers.
If you have not already done so, please contact Erin to RSVP your organization to the rally, including an estimate of how many folks you’ll be bringing.
  • When: April 24, 2017 at 10:30am
  • What: We will be celebrating our recent campaign victories. However, more importantly, we will be sending the message that the work is just beginning. We must ensure a speedy closure of Rikers, through processes that result in a significantly smaller, more just and humane system overall.
  • Organization RSVPs: erin@justleadershipusa.org // 408-691-7372
  • Individual RSVPs: RSVP@closerikers.org
We look forward to seeing you on the steps of City Hall – and don’t forget to spread the word! Share the attached flyers and Facebook event. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Erin directly with any questions.
In solidarity,
Glenn and the #CLOSErikers Team

AIDS Walk New York

Great Cause! Fun group! Come join us to make a difference! This year Black Diaries will participate in AIDS Walk New York and we want you to join our team.

African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV in the United States. In 2015, African Americans accounted for 45% of HIV diagnoses, though they comprise 12% of the US population (cdc.gov).

Event Information:

Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 21, 2017!
It is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and takes roughly 2 to 3 hours to complete.
We will have an individual fundraising web page. Each participant is encouraged to donate $20 or more.

Click Here to Donate

Please message email@blackdiaries.org for more information on how to join.

“The Diary of an Afro Goddess” One-Woman-Show Closing Week in NYC


Join the Black Diaries team as we support the one-woman-show, “The Diary of an Afro Goddess” this Thursday and Friday night at 8pm at the Wow Cafe Theater (59-61 E 4th St, New York City, NY). Get your tickets now at  artful.ly/wowcafetheater for $15 or pay $20 cash at the door. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Black Diaries.  Click here for more information on this amazing play by Cherie Danielle.  We hope to see you there!

A Celebration for Black Fathers and Black Men

My Father is in Prison

We are proud to present a Fathers Day discussion that is important and necessary. Patrick Baker, Columbia University alumni, is the author of a very critical book titled, “My Father Is In Prison.” His book examines the detriments of mass incarceration from a child’s view.

Come out and enjoy this book reading along with music, poetry, and open discussion as we celebrate Black fathers and Black men while speaking to the systems of oppression that try to hold them down. Black Diaries IS the Ted Talk of NYC! This is a free event but donations will be accepted upon entry. See you there!

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Location: Harlem Nights, Bar-Lounge-Live Music Venue
2361 7th Ave, New York, NY 10030
Date: June 18, 2016
Time: 3-6pm

Black Diaries Celebrates “Mommy”

It’s a Mother’s Day Celebration! Come join us for a night of artistic expression through music, dance, poetry and conversation as we discuss the Black Mother experience.

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Being Anti-Racist

R.A.C.E. presents a panel discussion and group sharing on “Being Anti-Racist.” Black Diaries cofounder Nzinga-Christina Reid helps answer the question, “What Does It Mean to be Anti-Racist.” Please join us for this panel discussion taking place April 9th, from 12:30-2:30pm at Fordham University and find out how you can join in the struggle for equality.  1937000_1062837230446780_4402815184643426996_n

Columbia Diaries… Continued

Columbia StoriesBlack Diaries collaborates with the Columbia University School of Social Work Black Caucus to continue with the discussion of Social work and Cultural Competency for their Black History Month series. . February is an important time to continue to discuss your place in the world. More than 50 students are expected to meet 4 times in February to focus on unparalleled professional development, networking and continuing education.

Are you a student? Meet us February 24th at CSSW, from 8-10pm, floor level C to participate in our next photo project where we challenge students to explain their expectations vs. realities of campus life. Email email@blackdiaries.org for more info.

USC Black Diaries Film + Panel Discussion

Black Diaries, USC Saved By Grace Gospel Choir, and USC Black Student Assembly presents:

USC Black Diaries Film + Panel Discussion
Thursday, Feb 25th 7pm-9pm WPH 207
3470 Trousdale Parkway
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Volunteer Trip to Haiti

Last Summer, Black Diaries volunteers took a trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, partnering with Les Couleurs, a nonprofit providing art therapy to children in schools and orphanages around Haiti.
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Columbia Diaries Film Screening and Panel Decision

Black Diaries has been invited by the Black Caucus of Columbia University School of Social Work to debut our feature film Columbia Diaries. This film screening is a part of Columbia’s Black History Month series. Come join us as we interview students featured in the film and get their feedback on what it is like to be a student of color in a predominately white institution.

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