The LIT.erary Lounge with Mocha Series
The LIT.erary Lounge With Mocha Series is a partnership between Mocha Media and DC Public Library that lifts up and celebrates Black voices and Black stories all year long. Hosted by literary activist and publicist Mocha Ochoa, these illuminating and creative conversations celebrate and spotlight Black authors, thought leaders and world-changers who boldly blaze trails of innovation. To get notifications about upcoming LIT.erary Lounge events and other DC Public Library programs, subscribe to DC Public Library on Youtube.
Fearless and unpredictable, Sophia Chang prevailed in a male-dominated music industry to manage the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B. The daughter of Korean immigrants in predominantly white suburban Vancouver, Chang left for New York City, and soon became a powerful voice in music boardrooms at such record companies as Atlantic, Jive and Universal Music Group.
As an A&R rep, Chang met a Staten Island rapper named Prince Rakeem, now known as the RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, the most revered and influential rap group in hip-hop history. That union would send her on a transformational odyssey, leading her to a Shaolin monk who would become her partner, an enduring kung fu practice, two children, and a reckoning with what type of woman she ultimately wanted to be.
For decades, Chang helped remarkably talented men tell their stories. Now, “The Baddest Bitch In The Room,” tells the story of a woman of color who has had the audacity to be bold in the pursuit of her passions, despite what anyone—family, society, the dominant culture—have prescribed.
Desmond Meade | Thursday, April 29
Sonia Sanchez | Thursday, April 15
Bevy Smith | Friday, March 5