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May 20th EVENT: A Renaissance of Our Own

May 20th EVENT: A Renaissance of Our Own

Rachel Cargle + Mara Brock Akil

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WHO & WHAT: A special event w/ activist, entrepreneur, and philanthropic innovator, Rachel Cargle, discussing her deeply resonant debut memoir A Renaissance of Our Own alongside legendary writer + director, Mara Brock Akil hosted at The Gathering Spot in West Adams.

The evening will open with a special performance from storyteller & magician Nicole Cardoza (called "Solange meets David Blaine")

WHEN: Saturday, May 20, 2023 @ 7pm PST (doors @ 6pm)

WHERE: The Gathering Spot — 5211 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

COVID REQUIREMENTS: Proof of vaccination and face covering while indoors is required to attend in-person. No exceptions. 


HOW: Reserve an IRL ticket from the drop down below:

• IRL Ticket w/ Signed Book: Guaranteed entry w/ reserved signed book copy (choose 'Local Pickup' to waive shipping at checkout). 

All copies will come signed by Rachel Cargle, and the first 50 arrivals will have an opportunity to meet Rachel and have their books personalized at the event. 

Please email us if you have any additional needs or accessibility concerns.


Rachel Elizabeth Cargle is an activist, entrepreneur, and philanthropic innovator. She is the founder of The Loveland Group; a family of companies including Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre, a literary space that celebrates marginalized voices and The Great Unlearn, an adult learning platform that centers the teaching of BIPOC thinkers. In 2018, she founded The Loveland Foundation, offering free access to mental health care for Black women and girls. Cargle is a regular contributor to Cultured Magazine, Atmos, and The Cut, and her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her debut memoir A Renaissance of Our Own will be published in May. 


Rachel Cargle founded The Loveland Foundation to provide healing for Black women, girls, and gender non-binary folks nationwide through therapy support. Support the Foundation's work with a donation, even $5 is an investment in generational change!


Mara Brock Akil has written and produced 400+ episodes of television, leaving a tremendous impact on Hollywood. Akil created the seminal television series Girlfriends, a witty and honest exploration of the multi-faceted nature of Black womanhood, and from there, went on to develop the spin-off series The Game. Since then, she has produced multiple culture shifting series that celebrate the complexity and vulnerability of humanity. She was honored with the prestigious Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award by NATPE in 2019, and in 2017, inducted into Northwestern’s Medill Hall of Achievement. Other accolades include: Essence Visionary Award; Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Showrunner Power Lists and Women in Entertainment Power100. In 2020, Brock Akil signed a deal with Netflix to exclusively produce television shows for the streaming platform under her new banner, story27 Productions, where she continues to expand her accomplished legacy and uplift the talent of tomorrow.

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