Petula Caesar, author of She’s Such A Bright Girl: An American Story, leads a conversation about colorism based on the experiences she recounts in her book.
Born to a very light-skinned African-American man, Petula was raised in a household that encouraged/insisted that she take on as many “White” attributes and attitudes as she possibly could. He believed the combination of this alongside her skin complexion would help her avoid the trials, tribulations, and traumas of life that would be unavoidable as a Black person. The conversation will include frank discussion around topics like light-skinned privilege (does it exist?), how skin complexion impacts economic, health and educational outcomes, and the role colorism plays when it comes to dating.
Moderated by Community Outreach Coordinator/ Diversity Practitioner Charles Jackson, panelists will include Petula Caesar, Dr. Donna Oriowo, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, M.ED, clinical social worker and sex therapist, and Dr. Marilyn Martin, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.
Petula Caesar is a multi-talented artist and a professional writer. She got her start writing erotica when she was published in New York Times bestselling author Zane's erotica anthology Caramel Flava. Petula also served as publishing editor for Mic Life Magazine, editor-in-chief for Speakerbox Magazine, and contributed writing to Baltimore's former alternative weekly City Paper, The Afro-American Newspapers, and Baltimore Magazine.
Books will be available for signing after the program.
Saturday, December 15 at 2:00pm
400 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218