It’s My Bagina is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the novel ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God.’ Journalists, psychologists and poets are joining in a panel discussion to celebrate the themes around Hurston’s most popular piece.

We are exploring the themes as they relate to society in general and more specifically as they relate to the role of the black female in said society. Performance by the enticing Marielle Allschwang. Duh there will be spirits. Come out! All age book lovers welcome.

Started in 2017, It’s My Bagina is a place to celebrate, learn, and share pieces of expression and protests from women of color. Frustrated by the lack of representation given to her throughout her academic years founder Cree Myles is working to make a space where you can find the artist, writer, and activist you never knew existed while also experiencing a narrative about the world around you from a black feminist lens. If you are a woman of color and interested in submitting your own piece or, if you would like to see something you do not see on the blog please reach out to us at baginababy@gmail.com. We look forward to connecting!

A bit more about our panelists:

Rose Curley: Rose Curley was born and raised in Milwaukee. She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a 2016 Mary Nohl Fellow in the Emerging Artist category. She currently lives in Milwaukee, where she is striving to inspire youth and to collaborate with other local artists, with the hope of creating a positive force that has a lasting impact on communities in need.

Caryl Davis: Caryl is a trained journalist turned educator-urban education advocate. Her academic experience includes studies in Professional Communication, Linguistic Anthropology, Government, and Curriculum & Instruction Leadership at Alverno College, Harvard University, and Marian University. Ms. Davis is the co-founder of The Bestowing of the Kente an Alverno College Commencement Event where in a rites of passage ceremony; graduates are presented with the Kente cloth of West Africa. Caryl is a member of the National Organization for Women and has been a proponent for issues that affect women and children. Her writing has been featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee Community Journal, and Saturday Night at Harvard.

Caryl has two adult sons and is “Mimi” to two gorgeous grandchildren.

Linetta Davis: Linetta has been an educator in the city of Milwaukee for over ten years. She is currently a doctoral student focusing on effective interventions to motivate students in turnaround schools. While educating the youth of Milwaukee is her first love, she also shares her talents in other areas such as raising a resilient child, mentoring African American girls through S.I.M.S.A., writing and performing poetry and plays in Milwaukeee and Chicago as well as running a small press, RebirthInk.

Simmone Kilgore: Simmone has been providing therapeutic care to survivors of trauma/ sexual assault since 2012. She has a BA in Management and Communication from Concordia University and a MA in Community Psychology from Alverno College. As a Licensed Professional Counselor in Training, her focus is mainly on the Neurobiology of Trauma, Trauma Informed Care, Trauma Specific-Interventions, Community Trauma, Culturally-Specific Outreach and Self Care. Simmone has studied and understands how trauma impacts a survivor’s neurobiology; which dictates how survivors process information and mediate behavior. Simmone seeks to best assist and empower the individuals she serves by utilizing techniques that will aid in reducing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. Simmone has been a Crisis Counselor/Crisis Intervention Screener at Aurora Sinai Medical Center since 2014. She also teaches in the graduate Community Psychology program at Alverno College, facilitates therapeutic groups for women of color at Walnut Way LLC., consults/contracts with Children’s Hospital, Milwaukee Public Schools, Sojourner Family Peace Center, local churches and youth group homes sharing information relating to trauma, trauma reactions, emotion-regulation, healthy relationships etc.

Brit Nicole: Brit Nicole is a Spoken Word Artist who had her first feature back in August 2013 at Brewing Grounds for Change and since has featured at Poetry Unplugged, Middle Earth MKE, Imaginary Heroes events, churches, Voltage Teen Slam, Br(OK)en Genius and a hosts of other events throughout Milwaukee. She also host an Open Mic on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening at Kana Mojito called, PENtastic! Brit serves as a band member of the Heal the Hood Soul Collective and will be the October feature at UWM’s Lyrical Sanctuary this fall.