Journalist Pendarvis Harshaw talks about the cycles of life and death, oftentimes occurring right next to each other for young black men in America.

Babies and bullets oftentimes come together. These are the patterns of life journalist and educator Pendarvis Harshaw came to realize recording the rates of violence in black communities and reflecting on his own upbringing without a father. Listen to the talk as Pen describes the advice and wisdom gained from interviewing black men in his poignant photo essay, “OG Told Me”

About the speaker

Pendarvis Harshaw is a journalist and educator from Oakland. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, as well as Howard University’s School of Communications. Pen is a published journalist with bylines from Youth Radio, Fusion, The Huffington Post, National Public Radio and more. From 2011 to 2016, he ran a website dedicated to documenting the wisdom of elder African American men in his community, called OGToldMe.com. From this project, he produced a coming of age memoir, which has garnered attention from The Fader, KQED’s Forum, and the LA Times.

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