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Guest speaker: Damon Young, senior editor of The Root

  • January 19, 2018
On February 1, 2018, The African American Studies Program and the Black Student Awareness Committee will host Damon Young, acclaimed writer and speaker.

""On February 1, 2018, the African American Studies Program and the Black Student Awareness Committee will host Damon Young, acclaimed writer and speaker. Young is co-founder of VerySmartBrothas and Senior Editor of The Root.

With work that vacillates from anthropological satire and absurdist racial insights to razor sharp cultural critique and unflinching indictments of privilege and bias, Damon Young engages audiences in thoughtful contemplation of modern society. Ava DuVernay calls his voice "clear and critical." Michael Eric Dyson says he's "one of the most important young voices in humor writing today." And Kiese Laymon calls his work "the best of American twenty-first century writing."

Damon is a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas (coined by The Washington Post as "the blackest thing that ever happened to the internet), a columnist for GQ.com, and a founding editor of 1839. He is also senior editor of The Root. His work has been featured in numerous publications and on numerous platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, EBONY, MSNBC, BET, Slate, Salon, and USA Today. In 2016, he was named to The Root 100, their annual list of the most influential African Americans in the fields of business, science, politics, technology, social justice, sports and entertainment.

His first book, tentatively titled N*gga Neurosis, with Ecco (HarperCollins) will be a series of essays about his own experience with the absurdities and angsts associated with race and racism.

With his own brand of comic perspective, Damon engages audiences with raw and provocative commentary on the popular issues and, at times unpopular topics that make up today’s news headlines. Gain a broader view of the struggles those in today’s marginalized communities face, as well as insights on social change that will change your outlook on subjects from race relations to cultural divides.

The event is scheduled for February 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall, room 102. The event is free and open to the public.