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The mission of ASE is to promote the art form of Black storytelling!

ASE (ah - SHAY), is a term from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa. ASE affirms, as we express our spiritual devotion, that there is power in our words; not just the words we speak, but the words and feelings we express in our stories.


Loving the idea of the National Black Storytellers’ Festival and Conference being in Chicago, but you can’t attend the whole thing? There are so many ways to participate.

  • Rhythm Talkin'    ASE's pre-festival event featuring Ayodele Dance & Drum, Reginald Robinson, Billy Branch, Maggie Brown, FM Supreme, ReBirth Poetry Ensemble, and storytellers Andrea Fain, Patricia "Serenity" Redd, and Shanta. Register at the UChicago Box Office.
  • Scholars' Panel and Chicago African American Heritage Tour
  • Family Day -- Saturday (Includes Youth Concert, Youth Liars' Contest, Adult Liars' Contest) Zora Neale Hurston Concert and Awards for Excellence in Storytelling
  • Circle of Elders Concert and Awards
  • Evening concerts -- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights
  • Friday night dance parTAY!    Bring your line dancing shoes! Show your Steppin' stuff!

Check www.nabsinc.org for details and registration information.

ASE News

The "In the Tradition ..." 32nd National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference is coming to the Hilton Chicago / Oak Lawn and the Logan Center on November 12-16, 2014! There is nothing like it! Storytellers from all over the country will come to laugh, hug, dance, sing, and share stories Chicago style! You won't want to miss Rhythm Talkin' on Wed., Nov. 12 and our line dancin,' stepping parTAY on Fri., Nov. 14.

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