An Evening with Michael Harriot, Author of Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America via Zoom

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Meet author and journalist Michael Harriot, who will discuss his latest book, Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America. He will be joined in conversation with internationally renowned financial educator and television and radio broadcaster, Alvin Hall, author of Driving the Green Book.

In Black AF History, Harriot presents a more accurate version of American history. By unapologetically combining provocative storytelling with meticulous research based on primary sources and the work of pioneering Black historians, scholars and journalists, Harriot removes the white sugarcoating from the American story, placing Black people squarely at the center. With incisive wit, Harriot speaks hilarious truth to oppressive power, subverting conventional historical narratives with little-known stories about the experiences of Black Americans. From the African Americans who arrived before 1619 to the unenslavable bandit who inspired America’s first police force, this long overdue corrective provides a revealing look into our past that is as urgent as it is necessary. This history is Black AF. 

Michael Harriot is a journalist, author and cultural critic who has been hailed as "one of the most eloquent writers in America." His acerbic wit, biting commentary and investigative reporting have influenced everything from presidential politics to pop culture. As the originator of the phrase “invited to the cookout,” his social media posts contextualizing history are shared by millions, while his award-winning journalism has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic magazine, your television and his mother’s refrigerator.

Alvin Hall hosted the highly rated and award-winning series, Your Money or Your Life, on which he offered both practical financial and psychological advice on how to take control of, and fix, their financial problems. His radio program, Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom, won the Wincott Foundation Press and Broadcasting Award for the best radio program for 2006. Hall has also hosted programs on current events and contemporary art for BBC Radio 4 including After Katrina and most recently, Alvin Hall’s Generations of Money. An eight-part television series for BBC World News called Alvin’s Guide to Good Business was broadcast internationally in 2010. In the U.S., he is a regular contributor on personal finance and the economy on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin.

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