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At the intersection of “the race problem” and “the woman question,” black women historically have had to struggle to be heard. Sojourner Truth made history when she asked a predominantly white congress of suffragists, “Ain’t I a woman?” And the exclusionary politics of the black power and feminist movements prompted a group of black women academics to pen a treatise titled All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave. Ironically, the political silencing may have contributed to the phenomenal presence of black women in the arts. The work of filmmaker Demetria Royals supports this theory. Her documentary Conjure Women! features four African-American women artists: photographer Carrie Mae Weems, jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson, playwright Robbie McCauley, and Urban Bush Women choreographer Anita Gonzalez. Royals, McCauley, and Gonzalez will be on hand to discuss the film following its Washington premiere at 3 p.m. at Ripley Center Lecture Hall, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Holly Bass)