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Black Girl Magic Book Launch, with poet Mahogany L. Browne

We’re welcoming Brooklyn Poetry Slam co-founder and poet Mahogany L. Browne back to BRIC House for the launch celebration of her new book, Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook Press, 2018).


Jan 25, 2018 • 7:00 PM


  • Mahogany L. Browne

  • Ashley C. Ford

"In this rich, historical moment in which black women are loudly and proudly claiming more and diversified ownership of their works and the media itself, [Black Girl Magic] is as much a document of that moment as it is an emerging, beloved tome for black girls of all ages to read and share in classrooms and conferences, over brunch, on a lazy Sunday in autumn, or whenever or wherever one needs an assuring word." 

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Due to the popularity of this event, we have moved it to the BRIC House Ballroom, and will simulcast the conversation onto the Stoop.

We're welcoming Brooklyn Poetry Slam co-founder and poet Mahogany L. Browne back to BRIC House for the launch celebration of her new book, Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook Press, 2018). Black Girl Magic is a journey from girlhood to womanhood and an invitation to readers to find magic in themselves. Much of what twenty-first century culture tells black girls is not pretty: Don't wear this; don't smile at that. Don't have an opinion; don't dream big. And most of all, don't love yourself. In response to such destructive ideas, internationally recognized poet Mahogany Browne challenges the conditioning of society by crafting an anthem of strength and magic undeniable in its bloom for all beautiful Black girls. She has travelled the world sharing her vision of Black Girl Magic, and now in collaboration with artist Jess X. Snow, presents her acclaimed tribute in a visual form.

Join us in celebrating Black Girl Magic with Mahogany L. Browne and Ashley C. Ford (writer, editor, and host of the new BRIC TV show 112BK) for a reading, conversation, and book signing. Black Girl Magic will be available for purchase.


Mahogany L. Browne is a California-born, Brooklyn based writer, educator, activist, mentor, and curator. She has published several books including Swag & Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line. She has released five LPs and is co-founder of Brooklyn Slam (currently ranked 2nd in the world) and has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada's The Word and UK's MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary Brown Girl Love and Up The Staircase. She is the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices) and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. She is the publisher of Penmanship Books, curator and Friday Night Slam host at Nuyorican Poets Café, and Program Director of BLM@Pratt Institute.

Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. She is (mostly) a writer, editor, and public speaker. She is currently writing a memoir, and hosting Brooklyn-based news & culture show, 112BK. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, and various other web and print publications. She has also taught creative non-fiction writing at The New School and The host of the first season of's literary interview series, Authorized, Ford has been named among Forbes Magazine's 2017 30 Under 30 in Media, and Brooklyn Magazine's 2016 Brooklyn 100.