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Black Out Loud Conference
August 2-4 2019
Southern University- Baton Rouge 

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What is Black Out Loud?

The Black Out Loud conference, an extension of the Black Out Loud book by poet/writer/Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, Donney Rose, is a three-day conference dedicated to celebrating Black visibility, this year in the realm of mental health, finance and criminal justice reform. Through social mixers, workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address, Black Out Loud seeks to empower/center the narrative of the Black American experience by offering attendees communicative tools and inspiration to push their stories within the margins.

The inaugural Black Out Loud conference was hosted in August 2018 in Rose’s hometown of Baton Rouge, La. The three-day event imported talent, thought leaders and organizers from across the country for a weekend of re-imagining how the Black narrative is positioned in the larger American story. Special invited guests included keynote speaker Van Lathan (TMZ/Red Pill Podcast), workshop facilitator, Michael “Quess” Moore (Co-Founder of Take ‘Em Down NOLA), workshop facilitator, Deborah “Deep” Mouton (Houston’s first Black poet laureate), and several other local/national influencers.


Donney Rose, Conference Director,  is a poet, teaching artist, and community activist from Baton Rouge. He is an independent marketing and communications consultant, freelance writer, and creative writing teaching artist. A 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, Donney's work has been featured in Atlanta Black Star, Blavity, Button Poetry, All Def Digital, Slam Find, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Nicholls State University's Gris-Gris literary journal, and the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, 1st Edition

Leslie D. Rose, Public Relations Consultant/Webmaster, is an independent public relations consultant who also works in higher education public relations, journalism, and photography. A founding member of the production team for Black Out Loud Conference, LLC, Leslie is also the founder and COO of CreActiv, LLC which houses Louisiana Artists for Puerto Rico and The Picture of Health