Jeneé Darden

By night, Jeneé Darden (pictured above, top left) is a superhero who suits up to sit on her couch in cute boots and encourage other Black women to remove their capes and chill. By day, she’s a an award-winning journalist, documentarian, public speaker, mental health advocate and proud Oakland native. She has reported for NPR, Time, Ebony, KQED, The LA Times and more. Jeneé hosts KALW’s arts segment Sights & Sounds, and is also their East Oakland reporter. Watch her documentary Where is East Oakland. Her first book When a Purple Rose Blooms (Nomadic Press) is a womanist collection of poetry and essays. She writes about her personal experiences with love, sex and mental health as a Black woman. Jeneé hosts the blog Cocoa and curates Let Her Tell It, a reading about Black women and mental health. She holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. 

Jeneé was invited by Kelechi Ubozoh.

She invited adrienne danyelle oliver to perform in the subsequent show, on January 3, 2022.

Jeneé’s publications:

The Body  (Nomadic Press, $13)