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[Illinois] Friday Forum + Conversation Café Present

Sesali Bowen

Author of Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes From A Trap Feminist

Friday, March 25th

12 – 1 PM

University YMCA | 1001 S Wright St, Champaign

Free Lunch Provided

Masks are encouraged, but not required.

Sesali Bowen is a multifaceted writer, media personality, and cultural commentator with a knack for plus-sized style. She is the former Senior Entertainment Editor at NYLON magazine, one of the architects of Refinery29’s Unbothered, and the author of the memoir/manifesto, Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes From A Trap Feminist (Amistad, 2021). Sesali is also the creator, producer, and co-host of Purse First, the podcast about female and queer rap. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, the New York Times, and InStyle. Sesali is currently freelance copywriting for companies like Netflix. She was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and was once forced to drop out of University of Illinois before transferring to DePaul University where she received her bachelor’s in Gender Studies. She received her master’s in Women & Gender Studies from Georgia State University. She loves press on nails and direct deposits. Sesali currently lives in New Jersey.


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