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Ishmael Reed to Speak in Berkeley

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Critically acclaimed author, MacArthur fellow, and Oakland resident Ishmael Reed will speak Oct. 22, 2008, at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley in a talk sponsored by Berkeley Arts and Letters.

From the Berkeley Arts and Letters website: Reed “takes on the mainstream media for its misrepresentation of African Americans, calling out new outlets as diverse as CNN, the New Republic, the New York Times, and Imus in the Morning. At once Reed’s response to his critics and an attempt to open a candid public dialogue on African American issues, MIXING IT UP paints a complex portrait of the landscape of American journalism and exposes the often-overlooked prejudices of even the most respected news organizations as Reed looks at Katrina coverage as well as media portrayals of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, and Barack Obama. ‘One of the tasks of this book is to challenge media bullies and encourage members of the underclass to do the same. If a high school and college dropout who spent years living in the projects can do it, so can they,’ notes Reed.”

7:30 PM at First Congregational Church of Berkeley (2345 Channing Way at Dana, Berkeley) Tickets $10 at the door., no one turned away for lack of funds.

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