Sonya Renee Taylor in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: In-Person & Online

Sonya Renee Taylor in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: In-Person & Online

Monday, May 2, 2022 7:30 pm PST

05/02/2022 7:30 pm 05/02/2022 America/Los_Angeles Sonya Renee Taylor in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: In-Person & Online https://lectures.org/event/sonya-renee-taylor/ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

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Co-Presented by Langston Seattle

World-renowned activist Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation.

Taylor is also a former National and International poetry slam champion, the author of two books, including The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, and an educator who has enlightened and inspired organizations, audiences, and individuals, from board rooms to prisons, universities to homeless shelters, elementary schools to some of the biggest stages in the world.

Taylor’s book, The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems, which invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength.

Believing in the power of art is a vehicle for social change, Taylor has been widely recognized for her work as a change agent. She was named one of Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers in 2015 as well as a Planned Parenthood Generation Action’s 2015 Outstanding Partner awardee. Bustle Magazine named her one of the “12 Women Who Paved the Way for Body Positivity,” and in September 2015, she was honored as a YBCA 100, an annual compilation of creative minds, makers, and pioneers who are asking the questions and making the provocations that will shape the future of American culture; an honor she shared alongside author Ta-Nehisi Coates, artist Kara Walker, filmmaker Ava Duvernay, and many more.

With a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S.A. in Organizational Management, Taylor continues to use her work to disrupt systems of inequity from an intersectional, radical self-love and global justice framework. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Split This Rock, an organization calling poets to a greater role in public life and fostering a national network of socially engaged poets. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Sister Song, a pioneering Women of Color reproductive justice collective. Taylor continues to be engaged in issues of racial justice, police brutality, mental health, reproductive rights and justice and much more.

In 2011, Taylor founded The Body is Not An Apology, as an online community to cultivate radical self-love and body empowerment. TBINAA quickly became a movement and leading framework for the budding body positivity movement. In 2015, The Body is Not An Apology developed a digital magazine, education and community building platform to connect global issues of radical self-love and intersectional social justice.

Taylor’s work has been seen, heard, and read on HBO, BET, MTV, TV One, NPR, PBS, CNN, Oxygen Network, the New York Times, New York Magazine, MSNBC.com, Today.com, Huffington Post, USA Today, Vogue Australia, Shape.com, Ms. Magazine, and many more. Taylor resides between the California Bay Area and Aotearoa, New Zealand. Sonya continues to tour globally sharing lectures, workshops and performances focused on radical self-love, social justice and personal and global transformation.

Event Details

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

View directions.

Know Before You Go

Can't find your tickets? Need access to the digital event?

All tickets have been emailed for Taylor’s event, so be sure to check your inbox for an email from boxoffice@lectures.org. Call us at 206-621-2230 x10 if you can’t find them.

For in-person attendance: Your e-tickets come attached in a PDF with your ticket order confirmation email. Present on your mobile device or bring your printed ticket to the venue the night of the event. Check your pre-event email for details on COVID safety precautions.

For online attendance: Your e-tickets, which come attached in a PDF with your ticket order confirmation email, contain your digital access instructions. The night of your event, return to lectures.org/event/sonya-renee-taylor and enter the password where prompted. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and will be available for viewing for a week after the event.

SAL will also send an email the day of the event, containing the same information. If you have opted out of receiving SAL emails, you will miss this important information—please email us at boxoffice@lectures.org and we will assist you.

Have a question for the speaker?

Want to ask Sonya Renee Taylor something? Send your question to SAL at sal@lectures.org—it might be asked onstage!

Books

Our partner bookstore will have copies of Sonya Renee Taylor’s work available for purchase at their table in the lobby and on their website.

Patrons & Grand Patrons, you're invited to Happy Hour!

Patron & Grand Patron seating includes a pre-event happy hour, as is possible due to COVID-19 restrictions. Check your pre-event email for details.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the theatre at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

LHPAI is conveniently located on the Southeast Corner of East Yesler Way and 17th Avenue South. The entrance of the building is located on the east side of 17th Avenue South.

By Car

 

  • From Northbound I-5
    Take the Dearborn Street exit to Rainier Avenue South. Go north on Rainier Avenue, which turns into Boren Avenue. Turn right on Yesler Way. Turn right on 17th Avenue South. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute will be on your left.
  • From Southbound I-5
    Take James Street exit. Continue south through James Street. Use right lane to proceed to Yesler Way. Turn left on Yesler Way. Turn right on 17th Avenue South. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute will be on your left.

By Bus

LHPAI can be accessed at the East Yesler Way and 17th Avenue South bus stop for bus route #27. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online.

Parking

LHPAI offers a variety of options for parking free of charge. Street parking is available along with parking lots on the northeast corner of East Yesler Way and 17th Avenue South. There is additional parking behind the building in the southeast parking lot.

Accessibility

Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing losses, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. To make a request for open captioning, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: for in-person captioning at Langston, we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure captioning services. 

Closed Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where captioning displays the words that are spoken or sung at the bottom of the video during an online event. Captioning is available for all online events; click the “CC” button to view captions during the event.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals at all in-person and online events. To make a request for interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10, or select “Sign Language Interpretation” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process and we will contact you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). To pick up a headset, check in with any Langston usher when you arrive.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in the theatre, which complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To reserve seating for a specific mobility concern, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10, or select “Wheelchair Accessible or Alternative Seating Options” during ticket checkout, and we will contact you to confirm details.

Guide and service dogs are welcome.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at boxoffice@lectures.org, or Monday-Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm at 206.621.2230×10.

For more accessibility information, please head to lectures.org/accessibility. If you would like to make accessibility arrangements you do not see listed here, please contact our box office or select “Other Accommodations” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will contact you to confirm details.

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