Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Upcoming at Busboys and Poets: Rep. Ilhan Omar, A.C.T.O.R, Art on the Line, Dinner & a Movie, Dare to Dream, and more...


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Upcoming Virtual Programming



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Busboys and Friends: Zoom Dinner Party with

Ilhan Omar




Busboys and Poets has always been a place for artists, activists, and writers of the community to gather and break bread. And while we may be physically distant right now, we can still stay connected and break bread together.


Join us on Zoom for Busboys and Friends: A Zoom Dinner Party held every Friday night at 6 pm. Hosted by Busboys and Poets' CEO and Founder, Andy Shallal with a special dinner guest each week. 

Order your favorite meal, book, and beverage from Busboys and Poets, set your table and tune in for a special dinner with some of the most influential leaders of our time.


We are honored to have our next dinner party guest be

Representative Ilhan Omar


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Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.


An experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate, Rep. Omar was sworn into office in January 2019, making her the first Somali-American Member of Congress, the first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.


As a legislator, Rep. Omar is committed to fighting for the shared values of the 5th District, values that put people at the center of our democracy. She plans to focus on tackling many of the issues that she hears about most from her constituents, like investing in education and freeing students from the shackles of debt; ensuring a fair wage for a hard day’s work; creating a just immigration system and tackling the existential threat of climate change.


Born in Somalia, Rep. Omar and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the United States in 1990s. In 1997, she moved to Minneapolis with her family. As a teenager, Rep. Omar’s grandfather inspired her to get involved in politics. Before running for office, she worked as a community educator at the University of Minnesota, was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and served as a Senior Policy Aide for the Minneapolis City Council.


In 2016 she was elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District 60B, making her the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States and the first Somali-American State Legislator. 


Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 6 PM


RSVP to receive the Zoom link. 

The Zoom link will be sent via email 24 hours before the event.


Event will also live stream on Facebook!



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This is What America Looks Like  is an intimate and rousing memoir by Ilhan Omar.


The biography is both the inspiring coming of age story of a refugee and a multidimensional tale of the hopes and aspirations, disappointments and failures, successes, sacrifices and surprises, of a devoted public servant with unshakable faith in the promise of America. 


Order your copy from the Busboys and Poets Bookstore online here.





During this virtual event, celebrated writer, professor, and teacher Dr. DaMaris B. Hill will bear witness for Black Women and women of color who, while burdened by sexism, racism, and injustice up continue to risk their lives for the sake of our democracy.


Dr. Hill will be in conversation with Ajanet Rountree, Andy Shallal, and Dr. Charles L. Chavis, Jr.


This event is part of the “She Changes Everything” series of the John Mitchell Jr. Program and the A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) series at Busboys and Poets. 




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Join Busboys and Poets' Art Curator, Carol Rhodes Dyson for "Art on the Line: Conversations about Creativity, Culture and Change", an online conversation with local and international artists discussing a different topic each week. 


This week we are speaking with Phil Hutinet, Publisher, East City Art. 


Wednesday, November 18th at 6:00 PM EST



For more information, contact Carol Rhodes Dyson, Curator art@busboysandpoets.com



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Join Us for the first Virtual Discussion of the Series!

Thursday, November 19 at 7:15pm


RSVP to receive the Zoom link. 

The Zoom link will be sent via email 24 hours before the event.


Event will also live stream on Facebook!


Dare to Dream: Important conversations about Immigration book talk series will explore immigrant stories through monthly discussions on the forth Thursday of each month. 


America was forged by immigrants and remains an aspiration for dreamers throughout the world. But many immigrants who wish to share and contribute to America's social fabric have often been met with hostility, racism, and xenophobia. Lost in the fierce political debates are the real human faces, stories, and aspirations of the men, women, and children who leave behind their homes in pursuit of the “American Dream.”  


Join us for our next discussion with four-time Emmy Winner and NPR reporter, Maria Hinojosa who will discuss her new book "Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and hate in Torn America."


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In this memoir the four-time Emmy Winner and NPR reporter shares her immigrant experience. An urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all, this honest and heartrending memoir paints a vivid portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth.



Click here to order your copy of Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and hate in Torn America to be shipped to your house or emailbooks@busboysandpoets.com if you would like to place a special order for in-store pickup. 



Come Join Us!


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Come through and enjoy dinner and a special feature film at our Shirlington location! Limited seating. FREE!


Join us for an amazing true story of a gentle giant who helped Baltimore win the Super Bowl in 2012 as its starting left tackle.


Pre-order food from a special 3-course cinema menu and have it delivered to your table when you arrive for contactless ordering.


Limited seating. FREE and open to all!

RSVP required for all seats to ensure proper social distancing.  




Calling All Visual Artists


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Food for Thought


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We all have a part to play in fighting systemic racism. Take time to read others stories from the front line and learn ways you can make meaningful and lasting change. Check out our recommendations here.



Continue the Conversation


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Check out Andy Shallal's twitter account to stay informed, engage in meaningful discussion, and connect with Andy. Follow him @andyshallal and check out our twitter @busboysandpoets














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