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Juneteenth Festival:
Father's Day Celebration

Presented by presented by
Venue: Julianne and George Argyros Plaza Tickets start at $5.00

Overview

Join us this Father’s Day as we celebrate fatherhood, family, and freedom during the culmination of our Juneteenth Festival. All attendees are invited to enjoy a catered lunch from Buen Appetit and live entertainment from award-winning musical performers, poets, and speakers.

Event Schedule
1:00 – Tatiana Tate Quartet
1:45 – Poetry Reading – Celebrating Black Fatherhood
2:25 – Parenting for Liberation

Seating Information
Lunch and seating will be provided.

About the Artists

Tatiana Tate
Inspired by jazz artists like Clora Bryant, Freddy Hubbard and Kamasi Washington, California-based trumpeter, artist and composer Tatiana Tate relishes free improvisation, avant-garde experimentation and a melodic approach to her distinctive tone, mixing spiritual, afro-futurist jazz with hip-hop rhythms and global influences. She has performed at many festivals and concert venues throughout the country, including the first Annual Grammy Museum Gala, the Washington D.C. Women in Jazz Festival, the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Gardena Jazz Festival and many more, sharing the stage with Boys 2 Men, Kelly Roland, Smokey Robinson, Michael Bolton, David Sanborn, Clora Bryant, Brian Culbertson, Brian Simpson, Jeanette Harris, Chaka Khan, Con Funk Shun, Jazz in Pink, Stanley Clarke, Frankie Beverly, and Ronnie Laws along the way. A graduate of California State University Fullerton, Tatiana leads the Tatiana Tate Quartet, a group of group of masterfully talented musicians ready to prove jazz is alive and well with the next generation.

Peter J. Harris
Altadena Poet Laureate Editor in Chief (2022-2024), 2018 Los Angeles COLA Fellow in literary arts, Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USC, and award-winning poet/essayist, Peter J. Harris is the author of Bless the Ashes, poetry (Tia Chucha Press), winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My 'Unalienable Right,' a book of personal essays and winner of a 2015 American Book Award. In 2022, Beyond Baroque Books will publish Harris’ book of poetry SongAgain and FlowerSong Press will publish his Safe Arms: 20 Love & Erotic Poems (w/an Ooh Baby Baby moan), with Spanish translations by Francisco Letelier. Harris is founding director of The Black Man of Happiness Project, a creative, intellectual and artistic exploration of Black men and joy.

Conney D. Williams
Conney D. Williams is a poet, actor, community activist, and performance artist with three collections of poetry “The Distance of Observation (2021) “Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet (2002)” and “Blues Red Soul Falsetto (2012).” In 2015, he released two critically acclaimed cds of his poetry accompanied by music titled: “River&Moan and Unsettled Water.” He is the former Artistic Director at the World Stage and Coordinator for the Anansi Writers Workshop; he’s also the cofounder of The World Stage Press. His poems have also been published in various anthologies & journals including Dryland Review, Voices from Leimert, Cultural Weekly, Drumming Between Us, Askew Poetry Journal, Wide Awake Anthology, and Poets & Allies Anthology. He has performed his poetry on television, radio, universities & colleges, and various venues across the U.S.

James Coats
James Coats is a poet, performer, and educator born in Los Angeles and raised in Southern California. With a passion for all things creative, he strives to capture authentic self-expression through his work whether photography, painting, or writing. He believes that poetry has the ability to bring diverse groups together, offering a way to connect through shared challenges, achievements and experiences. You can find him attending poetry readings throughout California or follow his poetry via his Instagram @MrLovingWords. Additionally, you can take a poetry workshop with him through his organization Lift Our Voices Education which hosts an award-winning workshop monthly called Be The Change: Social Justice Writing Workshop.

F. Douglas Brown
F. Douglas Brown is the author of two poetry collections, ICON (Writ Large Press, 2018), and Zero to Three (University of Georgia, 2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. He also co-authored a chapbook of poetry with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten (URB Books, 2016). Brown, an educator for over 25 years, currently teaches African American Poetry and African American Studies at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, where he serves as the Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. When he is not teaching, writing or with his children (Isaiah, Olivia, and Simone), he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area.

Trina Greene Brown - Parenting for Liberation
Recognized as an Inspirational Parent in 2018 by CADRE and as a Black Feminist Rising in 2017 by Black Women’s Blueprint, Trina Greene Brown is a leader on the rise, and she’s taking Black parents and children along with her to higher heights. Bridging her 15 years of professional experience as a youth organizer in ending violence with her personal role as a parent of two Black children, Trina Greene Brown is a proud Black-feminist Mama-activist. In 2016, she founded Parenting for Liberation as a virtual platform for Black parents, currently consisting of a blog, podcast, and in-person trainings and conferences. Trina has contributed to “On Parenting” for the Washington Post, and in 2019, her writing centered on intersections of motherhood and activism was featured in the Chicana M(other)work Anthology. Her book “Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children” debuted on Juneteenth 2020 by Feminist Press.

Juneteenth is presented with generous support from
JPMorgan

Running time (approximate): 2 hours

Audience Advisory:

Masks strongly encouraged.

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