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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Onaje X.O. Woodbine

Onaje Woodbine currently teaches philosophy and religious studies at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. A former streetball player on the hard courts of Roxbury, Woodbine went on to become an all-star Ivy League player at Yale with NBA aspirations--until he quit, answering the call to put himself on a path to “help the most people.” His first book, Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball, returns to the game he’s still passionate about, looking at basketball as a form of lived religion, a safe space where young black people have the freedom to express themselves and heal through community dialogue and mourning. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says the book “plunges into the courts of Boston with an insider’s savvy to catalogue the urban sport’s pulsating (and potentially transcendent) dialogue.”


More About Black Gods of the Asphalt

Article on Woodbine in the Boston Globe

Story on Woodbine from WBUR

Interview with Ivy Hoops Online