Hosted by the Department of African American Studies, the 2013 Black Solidarity Day celebration at New York City College of Technology on November 4, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn, will feature a talk by award-winning author, journalist, professor and lecturer Farai Chideya, who will address the Black Solidarity Day theme, “Understanding Trayvon Martin in the Age of the Obamas.”
Chideya has combined media, technology and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics and culture. She also hosts a series of town hall meetings in both New York and San Francisco, with New York Public Radio and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, respectively.
From 2006 to early 2009, Chideya hosted NPR’s News and Notes. She has been a reporter for ABC News, a political analyst for CNN, a host for the Oxygen Network, and continues to appear on television as a cultural commentator. She and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS. Earlier in her career she worked for Newsweek, MTV News, CNN, and ABC News.
She has served as “Leader in Residence” at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies and taught multimedia journalism at the University of Southern California
Chideya has written three nonfiction books: Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; The Color of Our Future; and Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans. Her novel Kiss the Sky (Atria Books) was released in hardcover in May 2009 and in paperback in May 2010. All are taught on college campuses across the country in subjects from ethnic studies to pop culture.
In addition to the Chideya lecture, the Black Solidarity Day event will feature a theatrical presentation by City Tech Black Theater students.