Join us for an inspiring evening honoring individuals from The Times’s “Overlooked” series — distinguished, pioneering women and people of color whose lives weren’t covered by Times obituaries. The event will feature artists who are honorees of the YBCA 100 — a list of people, organizations, and movements recognized by San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The new obits will be read and performed by spoken-word poet FreeQuency, singer Martha Redbone and the a cappella ensemble Vocal Rush. The Times is partnering with YBCA to bring you bold new works of theater, dance, visual art and more. The event will also feature a panel discussion with four Times journalists: “Overlooked” editor Amy Padnani, archival story editor Veronica Chambers, opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie, and Race/Related editor Lauretta Charlton.
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About Lauretta Charlton
Lauretta Charlton is an editor on the National Desk and the editor of the Race/Related newsletter. She was previously a news editor at The New Yorker and a music columnist at New York magazine. A California native, she attended school in the San Francisco Bay Area and joined The New York Times in 2018.
About Amisha Padnani
Amisha (Amy) Padnani is an editor at The New York Times. She currently works on the obituaries desk, where she launched Overlooked, a series telling the stories of remarkable people who never received a New York Times obit. The project won her a publisher’s award and has inspired a television series. Before that, she was a home page editor on the news desk in New York and Hong Kong. She was also a web producer and digital storyteller for the national and business sections. She serves as co-chair of two employee groups, the Asian Network and the Times Run Club.
About Martha Redbone
Martha Redbone is an award-winning American Roots musician. Her powerful music combines Cherokee chants, bluegrass, folk, soul, and gospel. The New York Times said her voice holds “both the taut determination of mountain music and the bite of American Indian singing.” She guest lectures at institutions across the country about Native American identity and the role of art in politics. Martha was recognized on the YBCA 100 list in 2015.
About Jamelle Bouie
Based in Charlottesville, Va., and Washington, Jamelle Bouie became a New York Times Opinion columnist in 2019. Before that he was the chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. Mr. Bouie, who is a political analyst for CBS News, has been a staff writer at The Daily Beast and has held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazine. You can follow him on Twitter. He is also a photographer. To see his photos, follow him on Instagram.
Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa is an award-winning, internationally touring, queer immigrant poet and storyteller. They is the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and a 2017 TEDWomen speaker. They co-runs an African culture and fashion blog at Noirlinians.com and is the coordinator of the New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival. FreeQuency was recognized on the YBCA 100 list in 2018.
About Vocal Rush
Vocal Rush is a five-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) comprised of singers aged fifteen to eighteen. Combining passion, talent, and dedication, along with the vision of director and founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has since its founding in March 2011 become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the United States. Vocal Rush was recognized on the YBCA 100 list in 2018.
About Amy Padnani
Amy Padnani has been an editor at The New York Times for eight years. She currently works on the obituaries desk, where she launched Overlooked, a series telling the stories of remarkable people who never received a New York Times obit. The project has inspired a television series and won several awards. Before joining The Times, she worked as a reporter at The Star-Ledger, The Journal News, The Staten Island Advance and Newsday. She is a native New Yorker who enjoys running, traveling and baking (yes, she takes requests).