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Freedom Speaks..."Manjani"

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Freedom Speaks launched her spoken word career after winning the first poetry slam she entered, which earned her the opportunity to open for Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. Join us as we discuss her novel “Manjani” a mouthy New York teenager who believes her life's purpose is to lead her "deaf, dumb, and blind" brothas and sistahs into The Revolution. On one of the worst days of her life, tragedy strikes, landing her at an all white school. Although she is working on getting along, the racist students make it impossible, and before long, the administration crosses the line, forcing Manjani into political action. Then one of her events gets out of hand, sending Manjani on the run. Her journey leads to a place where bittersweet lessons about liberation are learned as her comrades turn against her. Only tough love, spiritual revelations, and self-determination will help her find her place in the struggle.

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