Last Thursday, The Cheats Movement hosted a book party for the amazing Tressie McMillan Cottom. If you don’t know, Tressie just released her powerful new book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For Profit Colleges in the New Economy. And, in Cheats Movement fashion, this was not your average book party. We had our very own Hip-Hop Henry on the turn-tables, spinning those classic (including a Prince mix at Tressie’s request), we had the perfect host for the evening, VCU colleague, NPR golden voice, and Tressie’s close friend Chioke I’Anson, and we had our girl Tressie surrounded by her close family and friends (including her beautiful mother). There were a lot of laughs, even a few tears, several embarrassing stories, and conversation that made everyone in the room think. Simply put, it was the perfect setting for Tressie to breakdown the book and to share her take on the future of education.
According to the New York Times Book Review: “With great compassion and analytical rigor, Cottom questions the fundamental narrative of American education policy, that a postsecondary degree always guarantees a better life.”
If you want to learn more about Tressie’s book, from Tressie herself, WATCH THE DAILY SHOW TONIGHT! Yes, Tressie will be on with Trevor Noah tonight. The book is on sale everyone – get your copy today. #WESEEIT
Tressie surrounded by family and friends
Tressie’s publisher Tara Grove from The New Press was in the building
It was a packed house at Black Iris in Richmond, VA
Tressie with her amazing mother
Book Squad Up!
Photos by Cheats Movement’s own Jess Snyder @Snydervision2020