DeMareon Gipson is a young writer, poet, and activist originally from Vallejo. His first collection of poetry, Looking Forward: A Collection of Perceptions
, lyrically deals with systemic racism and the variety of ways it can manifest — in everything from institutional discrimination to food injustice. But it’s also emotional and personal at times, such as when navigating the difficulties of expressing self love as a Black man. In collaboration with Gipson, local filmmaker Lala Openi has made The Plan
, a short film that visualizes poetry from Looking Forward. On Friday, December 18 at E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore (410 13th St., Oakland), there will be a free screening of The Plan
followed by a poetry reading by Gipson. The event will be the first in a new series called GODDESSFLOW, produced by local artist Brooke Doaks, which aims to highlight the power of Black femininity.