September 29, 2023
7421 W. National Ave
West Allis, WI 53214
West Allis Reads - Intro to Genealogy with the African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee
Friday, September 29, 2023
West Allis Reads brings our community together to talk about books. Get an introductory lesson in learning about your family history. Discover how to start your search and which resources are available to you. Plus, find out challenges specific to African American genealogy.
About the Book
Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can’t imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job—despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar’s amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records.
In early seventies New York City, just as she’s finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal’s bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth.
Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo’s most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything.
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev features a backup chorus of unforgettable voices and a bold heroine the likes of which we’ve not seen in storytelling.