Black Out Loud Conference
August 10-12, 2018
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 in the realm of arts, media and activism. 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 will be hosted in Rose’s hometown of Baton Rouge, La., but will import 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 include 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 to be announced.


Donney Rose, Conference Director,  is a poet, teaching artist, and community activist from Baton Rouge. He is the marketing director for the arts-based non-profit, Forward Arts, where he also works as a teaching artist facilitating creative writing workshops in various Greater Baton Rouge Area schools. In April 2018, Donney became a 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow. 

Leslie D. Rose, Public Relations/Webmaster/Volunteer Coordinator, is a poet, photographer, and media professional from southern New Jersey. She works in higher education and non profit public relations, and offers freelance publicity work with an emphasis on rebranding. 

Ronaldo Hardy, Sponsorship and Development Coordinator, is a Pastor, Businessman, Father, Husband, and Community Leader with a desire to help our community move forward. His personal mission statement is to change the world by building people who will change the world. Whether on stage, in the board room, or in the streets, his voice will be heard stirring and pushing change on the issues that matter most.

Marcel Williams, Talent Coordinator

Lynette White-Pierce