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AAAS 331: Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
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6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
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Bassey Ikpi

Bassey Ikpi, the author of the New York Times bestseller, "I'm Telling the Truth but I'm Lying," and mental health advocate, is a special guest for AAAS 331: Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy Course taught by Prof. Mark Anthony Neal.

An active voice in pop culture commentary and the mental health community, Ikpi's essays have been published by The Root, Ebony, Huffington Post and Essence. She was also the resident pop culture critic for Philly's WURD FM radio station and is currently a contributing editor for Catapult.

A poet, she has been featured on HBO's 'Def Poetry Jam.' (

Ikpi is the founder of The Siwe Project,, a mental health organization, and the creator of #NoShameDay, an initiative that attempts to reduce stigma and create space for neurodivergent people to be heard and seen through their own personal stories.

The 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. class is free and open to the public on Thursdays where it is held at the NorthStar Church of the Arts, a converted church founded by Nnena and Phil Freelon that serves as "a sacred space for healing, creative expression and spiritual connectivity."

Registration is not necessary but the public is asked to RSVP: