New African American Cultural Center, MOLAA to host virtual Black & Brown storytelling event

In an effort to break down some of the divides between the Black and Brown communities, the African American Cultural Center of Long Beach and the Museum of Latin America Art will co-host a virtual event that aims to give the opportunity for members of those communities to listen to each other through storytelling Tuesday night.

Starting at 6 p.m., “De colores: A Black & Brown Conversation,” a free event that’s part of MOLAA’s 2021 Afro-Latinx Festival, will be co-hosted by Tasha Hunter of the AACCLB and Griselda Suárez of the Arts Council for Long Beach, who will facilitate the conversation. The event will also feature Ryan Hoyle and Bresheena Baseel, who will share stories related to bridging cultures.

We hope for this to be the first of many conversations,” Hunter said in a statement.

Hoyle is an adjunct professor and founder and co-owner of Play Nice Long Beach, and his passion lies in bridging the gap between education and outcomes in creative professions and industries. Last year, his business was known for having a community refrigerator stocked with food to uplift people in need during the pandemic.

Baseel, a first generation American of a Belizean father and a Salvadoran mother, founded of Azucar Negra Productions, an event production company that focuses on exposing the community to the diversity that exists within African/Black culture. She was heavily involved with multiple student organizations during her academic career and continues her work in community organizing through Original Blackprint, an Oakland-based organization geared towards holistically transforming the material conditions of African/Black people.

Click here to register for this free event.

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