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African American Read-In ft. Kenyatha Loftis, PhD

February 24, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

This event can be viewed live on Nia Cultural Center’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Nia Cultural Center is having African American Read-In for the whole month of February! Join us for a live virtual reading and Q&A spotlighting Black authors of Galveston county and promoting literacy in our community.

This week author Kenyatha Loftis, PhD will join us, followed by a Q&A.

The National African American Read-In (AARI) is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

Kenyatha V. Loftis, Ph.D. creates moments of communal sharing, reflection, and transformation. She uses literature, music, and craft to weave together formal and informal learning across age groups, cultures, subject matters, and space/time. The conceptual framework for her creativity is derived from hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), a statistical method for understanding nested relationships. This means, for example, that Kenyatha’s works of fiction conscientiously examine the inner lives of characters and their personal relationships, place those relationships in community, and explore the broader social, emotional, and political implications of those connections. By using the HLM framework, Kenyatha invites readers to reflect upon their own personal journeys, relationships, and opportunities for broader social engagement in the real world.

In addition to consulting independently as Kenyatha V. Loftis, Ph.D., Kenyatha is the co-founder of LSF Enterprises, a boutique consulting firm, which operates L.SMURPHE.F Productions (an independent publishing company); the Waterfront Wordsmiths writing community; the Literary Challenge Journal (for youth); Solutions by L.SMURPHE.F (a research entity); and KofaGear by LSF. She releases works as Kenyatha V. Loftis, Ph.D., Kenyatha V. “Ellie Mae” Loftis, and K. Ellie Mae, depending on the target audience for the work. You can access Kenyatha’s writings that have been released through L.SMURPHE.F Productions at: https://LSF2012.com/shop/books .

Kenyatha V. Loftis, Ph.D. was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. She is a graduate of Ball High School (1998), Yale University (BA Political Science, 2002), the University of Michigan (MA Political Science, 2006; Ph.D. Public Policy & Political Science, 2010), and Rice University (Certificate in Education Entrepreneurship, 2012).

These works can be purchased at https://LSF2012.com/shop/books

You can find Kenyatha V. Loftis’s artistic works that have been released through LSF on the following social media platforms:
Instagram – @Kofaverse
Facebook – @LSMURPHEF


February 24, 2022
6:00 pm