@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG @AtwoodSociety @HandmaidsOnHulu Thurs., 8 pm ET, 1/13/22 is PREMIERE of “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny.” Join Dr. David H. Ikard & Prof. Jared Yates Sexton in discussion on “American Democracy Under Siege: The Color of Autocracy.”
YOU ARE INVITED to watch the LIVE webcast, Thursday, 1/13/2022, 8:00 pm ET, of Season 1 of “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny.” This discussion group explores themes presented by The Handmaid’s Tale Hulu Series, which is an adaptation of the book, The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. Co-hosted by Janice Graham and L. Michelle Odom, “If America Fails?” is a production of TruthWorks Network.
This week’s chat reflects upon “American Democracy Under Siege: The Color of Autocracy.” Dr. David H. Ikard and Prof. Jared Yates Sexton join “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny” in discussion on democracy as seen in The Handmaid’s Tale and threats to America’s system. Now’s our chance to explore with these experts exactly what is happening in the divisive environment we’re living in, in the U.S., and more saliently, what it is likely to mean for Black people and other people of color.
- Where are we heading as a nation?
- What can be done to preserve and protect the democracy we have?
- Will people of color survive this season?
We have many questions for these two expert guest panelists and #DemocracyDefenders.
“Professor Ikard is Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies. His research and teaching interests include African American Literature, black feminist criticism, hip hop culture, black masculinity and whiteness studies. He is the author/co-author of four books, including Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism (2007), Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post-Racial America (2012), co-authored with Martell Teasley and winner of the Best Scholarly Book Award by DISA in 2013, Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America (2013), and Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (2017). His essays have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, Palimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and Obsidian III.” — Vanderbilt University
David Ikard also has a passion for creating Black art. Inspired largely by the motherland – Africa – and using acrylics, oils, wood, cloth, and archival paper for mixed media, Ikard focuses on creating images that have “something to do with black folks, social justice, self-determination, nature, and the rawness of our collective humanity.” You may see his artwork online at the Ikard Gallery. — If America Fails: The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production
Jared Yates Sexton is the author of three nonfiction books – The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage, The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Making, and American Rule: How A Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People – as well as four works of fiction. He co-hosts The Muckrake Political Podcast with Nick Hauselnan, has a newsletter on Substack, live streams from YouTube, and is Associate Professor of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University-Statesboro. Sexton has gone undercover into the fascist world and documented the 2016 Presidential Election, gaining himself a national profile after a tweet on the campaign went viral. His political writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, and Salon.com, and he is a strong voice warning Americans on threats to democracy. He is now working on a new book. — If America Fails: The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production
Let’s put all this talent and knowledge to work in service of democracy. Mark your calendars and we hope you will join us on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, for the PREMIERE of “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” as we explore the evening’s theme – “American Democracy Under Siege: The Color of Autocracy.” — LMO
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