The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host online discussions in honor of Black History Month with two leading figures in the Black Arts community: renowned poet Nikki Giovanni and music industry manager Mathew Knowles.
Giovanni is a poet, activist, mother, professor, seven-time NAACP Image Award winner, and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.
She holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry and is the author of 28 books that have appeared on the New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists.
Giovanni has written across genres, from militant black poetry to children’s literature. Since 1987 she has taught writing and literature at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
On February 11th, from 5pm to 6pm, Giovanni will speak about her work in a brief interview with Emily Williams, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Pitt-Bradford, before sharing her latest publication, Make Me Rain. “The new collection of verses addresses the injustices of society and offers personal insight into an open life.
On February 18th, Knowles, a manager in the music industry, will have a discussion with Williams and will present “Harmonizing Your Workforce with DEI Strategies and Working in the Digital Age During and After COVID”.
Knowles is the founder of Music World Entertainment and Artist Management. He has been the executive producer of more than 100 award-winning platinum and gold albums in a variety of genres including pop, R&B, gospel, dance and country, as well as special themed soundtracks and projects.
Sales of the records he has produced have exceeded 450 million worldwide. Artists he has worked with include Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire, The O’Jays, Destiny’s Child and his daughters Solange and Beyoncé.
While best known for managing the careers of his daughters and Destiny’s Child (with Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams), he has received countless awards for his achievements in business, music industry and community partnerships.
Knowles will speak about diversity and inclusion as necessary and positive in the workforce to enhance adaptability, innovation, engagement, acceptance and greater problem-solving capacity.
Find out more about Pitt-Bradford programming and register for the events.