Friday: SHAN: What Does It Mean To Be Black?

Nov. 4

Photographer Shannon Wallace (City Paper's Best Photographer in this year's Best of Baltimore issue) recently released the zine "What Does It Mean To be Black?," a series of black-and-white portraits accompanied by the subjects' answers to that question. There are a few famous Baltimore faces throughout—Jermaine Bell, Tariq Touré—but they're just two of a handful of people of all ages offering up their intimate, often empowering answer. And the book is oversized, which gives you the opportunity to notice the fine details of these poignant portraits, a rejoinder to the many outsiders snapping photos of the city post-uprising and the oft-discussed concerns about how blackness isn't captured accurately by many photographers less sensitive to dark skin  (filmmaker Ava DuVernay has discussed this issue in terms of lighting bias in white-produced movies, for example). Also appearing are CP favorites Kondwani Fidel, Mohamed Tall (winner of City Paper's Best Poem award for his poem, 'Do The Right Thing' this year), and Neptune. Wallace will discuss her work with writer Bilphena Yahwon (who was featured in City Paper's story 'Towson University students draw lessons from the Baltimore Uprising,' from last spring). Wallace's photos are on display at Red Emma's now through November, but come out and celebrate the zine's release and hear about how it was put together. 7:30, Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7611,, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

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