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Friday, January 19, 2018

A Celebration of Black Storytelling

In this age of movie wizardry and special effects, it’s hard to believe that a single person, without an elaborate set, can leave an audience spellbound. Especially when the audience is as young as school-aged.

Yet that’s the magic of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, and now is the perfect time to witness their art. To pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., the non-profit group holds a celebration every January, starting on King’s Birthday and running through the following Sunday. For a week and a day, RIBS tellers and invited national guests tell stories in venues across Rhode Island.

This year's national guests include Teju Ologboni and Leeny Del Seamonds. RIBS tellers Len Cabral, Rochel Coleman, Raffini, Ramona Bass Kolobe and Valerie Tutson will be joined as well by local spoken word artists. There's a free Family Storytelling Concert, MLK Amazing Grace show, Family Storytelling Workshops, and more. There's a Liars Contest on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m., where everyone is welcome to tell their best fib to a panel of judges and win prizes. Tickets are $10 a person for the Liar's Contest. 

If you’re interested in all the events that make up the Rhode Island Black Storytellers RIBS fest, visit