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‘Date Night’ with Raven Leilani, Jade LB, and Shanice Dover, chaired by Charlene Prempeh

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January 13 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm GMT

Free with optional donation

Join Sunday Times bestselling author Raven Leilani and special guests for an evening of conversation around Leilani’s prize-winning debut novel LUSTER, discussing some of of the central themes of the novel: what it is like for young Black women to date in this day and age, looking at the similarities and differences of dating as a Black woman in the US and the UK, and tackling subjects such as interracial couples, open marriages and online dating to adoption and growing up as a Black girl in Western society. Whilst discussing difficult topics, we see this evening as a night of celebration and want to create a safe space for Black women to have a platform and highlight issues that are often overlooked in the dating arena.


Registration for this event is free. Everyone who registers via this page will receive Crowdcast access instructions by email on the afternoon of the event.

During registration, you’ll also have the option to buy a copy of the new paperback edition of LUSTER, available for nationwide delivery or collection in person from Pages of Hackney, E5 0RN.

You’ll also be able to make a donation to Sistah Space, a specialist support charity for African & Caribbean heritage women affected by abuse. While there is no obligation to do so, both A Vibe Called Tech and Pages of Hackney strongly encourage you to contribute whatever you can (even if just the cost of your daily coffee). Sistah Space provides a crucially important range of services in Hackney, and all donations will directly benefit the members of our community making use of their services.


Raven Leilani’s work has been published in GrantaMcSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and The Cut, among other publications. Leilani received her MFA from NYU and was the Axinn Foundation Writer in Residence there. Luster is her first novel.

Jade LB is a London-based creative and academic writer. Her writing explores topics including black women and relationships, black British culture and the black British working-class experience.

In 2005, Jade began releasing chapters of her seminal work, Keisha The [Da] Sket which she had begun in the same year, aged thirteen. Beginning on the platform formerly known as Piczo, and shared among young people, Keisha The Sket went on to become a viral modern classic of black British culture, pioneering both online serialisation and viral content, as well as youth-authored youth experience.

Keisha The Sket has since been acquired by #Merky Books and was published in October 2021.

Jade is one half of The Echo Chamber podcast which explores the politics of existing whilst black and working-class.

Shanice Dover is a writer and Social Media Manager for new media publication gal-dem. Launched in 2015, gal-dem platforms the stories of people of colour from marginalised genders. Shanice writes the monthly dating column ‘Swipe Left‘, sharing her thoughts on love, sex and relationships. 

Charlene Prempeh is the founder of A Vibe Called Tech. She developed the initiative and creative agency to explore the intersection of Black creativity, culture, and innovation. After studying PPE at Oxford University, she began a career in marketing and worked at some of the UK’s most prominent media platforms and art institutions including the BBC, The Guardian, and Frieze. More recently, she launched A Vibe Called Tech to encourage a culturally diverse lens in design, technology, arts, and culture by spearheading partnerships, events, research, and workshops across London and through her journalism and consultancy work. She currently consults for the Royal Academy of Arts and Art Fund, is the Marketing lead for Society Centered Design at Projects by IF, and is a member of the steering group for Chatham House and London Design Biennale Design Resonance In An Age Of Crisis. Charlene is an FT How to Spend it columnist and contributing editor who writes about Black innovators, design, travel, and culture.

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