Noir Music Series launch mashes poetry and music, benefits National Black Writers Conference


A new music series, NOIR,  launches this Friday, March 2 at Free Candy with a mash-up of poetry, rock, soul hip-hop.

Headlined by the internationally renowned poet/playwright/rock star jessica Care moore, the premiere event is also a benefit & pre-conference celebration for the National Black Writers Conference.

The kick-off features an amazing supporting cast of performers, including Tuan X, (i am) isis, HumUni (Ish & Mega), Jasiri, Blue Bellinger and Sabrina Gilbert.

Co-hosts Shanelle Gabriel, Gabriel Barralaga &vicelounge will be on hand to keep the night smooth, while DJ Reborn and special guests rock 1s & 2s.

Inspired by the late John Oliver Killens, since 1986, the National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) has brought together writers, critics, booksellers, book reviewers, educators, students, and the general public in a dialogue on emerging themes, trends, and issues in Black literature.

“We see this concert as a celebration and acknowledgement of soul of the poet, a celebration which can be traced back to the griots of Africa,” said NBWC founder Dr. Brenda Greene. “Our griots were storytellers who used performance and dance to chronicle their lives and celebrate their culture. There was no distinction between dance, music and storytelling. This concert thus embodies the legacy of a cultural tradition which spans centuries.”

Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. For more information, visit

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