Community activist, best-selling novelist and International entertainer Sista Souljah will speak at Indiana University Northwest on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Theatre Northwest located in Tamarack Hall. This event is free and open to public as part of the university’s Diversity Programming Group series and in celebration of Black History Month.
She will address the topic, "Cultural Consciousness and Self-Esteem in the Black Community," which will conclude with a question and answer session. After the presentation, Souljah will be available to sign copies of her two novels, "The Coldest Winter Ever" and "No Disrespect."
"Those who are unfamiliar with her messages will find her insight, experiences and perception very inspiring," said Visiting Associate Professor of Minority Studies Regina Jones, Ph.D. "Young people especially will find what she has to say interesting."
In the field of entertainment, Souljah has been featured on many platforms including radio and television. She has been a political commentator on New York City radio station KISS-FM and made her acting debut in the sitcom "A Different World." She has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Phil Donahue Show, The Today Show, BET and MTV. As a Hip-Hop artist, Souljah’s CD entitled "360 degrees of Power," sparked international debate over issues of race, culture, sexism, and politics. Currently, plans are in the works to make "The Coldest Winter Ever," into a movie.
Born in Bronx, New York Souljah worked her out of the streets and into college graduating from Rutgers University, with a degree in American History and African Studies. She also attended the Cornell University Advanced Placement Studies, and studied abroad in Europe at the University of Salamanca. A global student, Sister Souljah traveled throughout her college years to England, France, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Russia. Her academic accomplishments were reinforced with first hand experiences as she worked in a medical center in Zimbabwe, and assisted refugee children from Mozambique.
She continues to reach out to young people as the executive director of Daddy's House Social Programs, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation for urban youth, financed by Sean "Puffy" Combs and Bad Boy Entertainment. This program serves 600 children from ages 6 to 16 from the streets of New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The goal of Daddy's House is to help children who have been mistreated by society, through helping them gain confidence and to see themselves as powerful individuals.
This event is sponsored by the IU Northwest Black Student Union, Student Activity Board, Student Activity Fund, the Black History Month Committee, Minority Studies Department, African American Studies and Diversity Programming Group of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning. For more information, please call Regina Jones at (219) 980-7759.