rochelle riley

author    |    essayist    |    advocate

October 28, 2021 | 7:30 am est

A Frank Conversation About Race
Sposita’s Ristorante
33210 W. 14 Mile Rd
West Bloomfield MI, 48324

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Sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Bloomfield and the West Bloomfield Township Public Library

November 4, 2021 | 7 pm est

National Writers Series
A conversation with Jason Reynolds, the New York Times bestselling author, Newberry Award Honoree, Printz Award Honoree and two-time National Book Award finalist about his book “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”

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October 20, 2021 | 5 pm est

Browseabout Books of Rehoboth Beach, DE

Join Rochelle Riley in conversation at Browseabout Books of Rehoboth Beach, DE for this virtual event.

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That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed The World

That They Lived is an instant classic. Words and images, the past and the future, weave back and forth in a stunningly original children’s book, until we see and hear the American Dream becoming an American reality as the young people depicted—and the young people reading—come to know their history and their power. People of all ages will enjoy this brilliant, necessary, charming, and inspiring volume. Parents and teachers will find inspirations for endless activities inspired by these pages.

– Alice Randall, professor of African-American children’s literature at Vanderbilt University and author of The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess (winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award) and Black Bottom Saints.

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The Burden: African Americans And The Enduring Impact of Slavery

The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery is a plea to America to understand what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built this land, but have had to spend the last century and a half carrying the dual burden of fighting racial injustice and rising above the lowered expectations and hateful bigotry that attempt to keep them shackled to that past.

Please enjoy the National Reading of Excerpts from “The Burden”

Please enjoy the National Reading of Excerpts from “The Burden” celebrating the paperback edition of the book. Presented Nov. 17, 2020 with a 40-second opening that allowed audiences to enter. Get your copy where books are sold.

Welcome to the digital home of force of nature, author, essayist, blogger and arts advocate Rochelle Riley. She spent nearly a quarter century as a columnist when she left the Detroit Free Press in 2019 to focus on arts and culture. She is now the Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She left journalism with a bang, getting inducted into the North Carolina Media and Journalism Hall of Fame and receiving the National Headliner Award for best local columns, both in 2019. She also is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. She plans to make a similar splash in her current job. She also is co-founder of Letters to Black Girls, an initiative to give letters of advice and encouragement from women across the country to girls across the country.

Letters To Black Girls

“Black girls are under constant attack from racism and sexism. But they can survive. Better: They can thrive. Black women can help girls be healthy and whole if we approach them with love, honesty and vulnerability. There is no more powerful ally for a black girl than a former black girl.”