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BHM365 at Mills College

This year BHM365, The Black Students Collective and The Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, brings you a month filled with activities and events that highlight and explore black history, culture, and experience. Join us.

Events free and open to the public unless otherwise noted below

2.7.18 Kickoff in Adams Plaza

12:15 pm–1:00 pm

Games Cupcakes

LEAD: | Black Womxn Leaders from Across the Diaspora! A digital media and art project brought to you by BHM365, The Black Student's Collective, Race Gender and Sexuality Studies, and The Center@Mills.

2.7.18 Student Dinner

5:30 pm–7:00 pm, Founders Commons (Theme Mardis Gras)

Entertainment: Kymberly Jackson “The Pied Piper of The Bay”- Jazz singer Flautist, vocalist, Dj, producer, composer and music educator [Mills Alumna]

Kymberley JacksonKymberly Jackson began her quest for the perfect union of musician and instrument at an early age. After experimenting with the clarinet and drums, she discovered her musical soul mate in the flute.

Kymberly has honed her musical gifts from Beethoven to Hip Hop with ease and fluidity. Her versatility and ability to move successfully between urban contemporary, smooth jazz, and classical techniques make her one of the most sought-after musicians in the industry.

Kj has performed with some of the world’s most well-known Jazz and R&B artists: Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Donnie Osmond, Stevie Wonder, Karen White, Pete and Juan Escovedo—among many others.

An accomplished vocalist, composer, producer, college music professor, and recording artist, Kymberly is currently completing her doctorate, performing, touring, and expanding her music production company, Kjes Entertainment, LLC

2.7.18 West Oakland to West Africa presents Waving to Our Ancestors Open Mic

5:30 pm–6:30 pm, Mills Hall Living Room

West Oakland to West Africa, known as WO to WA, embodies the griot tradition of spoken word by exchanging Renshi poetry with West African poets. WOWA presents an evening of poetry with Shoshana Moed, Mimi Gonzalez-Barillas, Xiomara Hooker, Tyrice Brown, Karla Brundage, Wildflower Brashear. While not an official BHM event, we are cross promoting this important evening of poetry and wisdom featuring Mills students.

2.13.18 Tatia’s Story: A Film Screening

6:30 pm–8:30 pm, Danforth Auditorium

“Tatia’s Story: Life to Death in 10 Hours” Created and Directed by Carmen Jones

Tatia's StoryThis film, written and directed by Carmen Traylor Jones, documents the story of Tatia Oden French and how she tragically died along with her unborn daughter after being induced with Cytotec, a drug used off-label and still not approved for labor induction by the FDA.

This is an evening examining issues surrounding birthing and women of color. A discussion and dinner are included in the evening.

RSVP here.

We are cross promoting this event for the H.E.A.L Club its partners Black Women Birthing JusticeTatia French Memorial Foundation.

2.20.18 Spring Washam talk on Spirituality and Black Consciousness

6:00 pm reception and 6:30–8:00 pm Keynote Address in the Student Union

Spring Washam is a well-known meditation teacher, author and visionary leader based in Oakland, California. She is the author of the newly released book entitled A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom inAny Moment. She is one of the founders and core teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, located in downtown Oakland. She has been extensively trained by Jack Kornfield and is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California. She has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism for the last 20 years. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices into diverse communities. She is the co-founder of a new organization called Communities Rizing, which is dedicated to providing yoga and meditation teacher training programs for communities of color. In addition to being a teacher, she is also a shamanic practitioner who has studied indigenous healing practices for over a decade. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys which blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom.

Faith AdieleFaith Adiele will MC this event. Faith Adiele is a popular speaker, teacher, editor, and mentor; Faith has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine’s 5 Women to Learn From, and The Huffington Post. She has appeared on NPR, on the Tavis Smiley show, in a national television ad for TIAA-CREF, in the pilot for a new reality show, and in a 2-page spread: “A Day in the Life of Faith Adiele” for Pink Magazine. She is the recipient of a UNESCO International Artists Bursary, the Millennium Award from Creative Nonfiction, and 17 artists’ residencies in Brazil, Canada, Italy and the USA. Author of two memoirs: The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems (Shebooks), a witty, tricultural look at black women and fibroids, and Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton & Co.), a travel memoir about becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun, which received PEN Open Book Award. Educated at Harvard University, the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Faith has lived in West Africa and Southeast Asia, worked as a diversity trainer and community activist, and taught travel writing and memoir from Bali to Ghana to Switzerland. She is Associate Professor of Writing at California College of the Arts.

2.22.18 Faculty-Staff Appreciation Reception

12:15 pm to 1 pm Faculty Staff Lounge

Entertainment: Either Meadows Livingstone School Chorus or Student performers

2.25.18 3rd Annual BHM Brunch: A Bluesy Brunch with Rhonda Benin

1:30 pm–2:00 pm reception and seating 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm Rothwell Center – Student Union

soul foodAn afternoon of food and music steeped in the richness of the black experience. Join Mills College’s Black Student’s Collective, BHM365, The Center@Mills and The Department of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. We’ll listen to some great music and dine on some of the bestsoul food this side of the Mississippi.

Buy tickets for A Bluesy Brunch with Rhonda Benin

Tickets: $7.00 Students, $20.00 Early Birds, $25.00 General Admission. Students and Faculty can also purchase a ticket in Room 340 of Mills Hall. Limited seating available so get your tickets now!

“Benin’s got a coolly hip vocal, with a bit of hush and sugar and an undercurrent of big booming power. She can bend notes with a bass, talk serenade with a piano and steam the kettle from the drums”.

-Ran Pacifica Tribune

Rhonda BeninSan Francisco Bay Area vocalist, Rhonda Benin has earned a reputation for not just a good voice but showmanship, magnetic stage personality, humor, and of course her great dancing. Rhonda’s impressive resume includes performances at SF Jazz, Yoshi’s, MOAD, The Healdsburg, Sonoma, Burlingame, Sausalito, Fillmore, and Calistoga Jazz Festivals. In the summer of 2012, Rhonda traveled to Hangzhou, China for a 3-month engagement at the JZ Jazz Club and was 2014 USA headliner for The Kigali Up Music Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition to singing, Rhonda is a producer and founder of the annual Women’s History Month show “Just Like A Woman” a tribute to Bay Area Women In Music. Benin is a 26-yearmember of The GRAMMY-nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage. She appears on the CHC’s 7 Cd’s and has toured 30 countries performing and recording with legendary artists such as Taj Mahal, Wilson Pickett, Richie Havens, Odetta. Al Green, Keb Mo, Santana, Patti Austin, Janis Ian, Jackson Brown, Hugh Masekela & Sweet Honey In The Rock.

2.27.18 Spirituality and Resistance

The panel discussion Resistance and Black Spirituality that was scheduled for 2.27.18 will now take place on March 29, 2018, at 6pm. Please update your calendars and stay tuned for more details on the activists and spiritual leaders slated to participate.

2.2.18  Netflix's She's Gotta Have It

6:00 pm–7:45 pm

We're going to close out the month with a special screening of Netflix's She's Gotta Have It and panel discussion on themes in the series with a focus on street harassment.