Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality


Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Every 28 Hours Plays in Southern Oregon

Our Every 28 Hours Plays reading in Southern Oregon was an emotionally moving, diverse, virtuosic, collaboration across theaters, schools, and community where we encountered hard truths and difference as well as the things that bring us together.

Our reading on the evening of October 10 at 7:30 in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Angus Bowmer Theater included 74 performers, 14 directors, 11 production staff members, and an audience of 492. The pay what you can event brought in over $6000. After we reconcile the books profits will be donated to The Ashland Racial Equity Coalition. The lobby was filled with beautiful quilt panels reflecting on gun violence made by local community members and artists around the nation (http://www.visionquilt.org/), people tabling for social justice with Unite Oregon, the Police and Sheriff tabling to answer questions and share about their upcoming Unconscious Bias training, Tons of flyers for groups doing diverse art and creating spaces for professional development around issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as groups connecting for support and action.

The audience included the Mayor of Ashland, other politicians, OSF, board members, donors, and patrons, family and friends of our performers, TCG Fellows, and our local community. Hearing their roar was very moving and we are sorry that audience had to be turned away from this sold out event. It truly renewed our faith in our community to be in the space for 2 ½ hours with everyone.

The 73 plays staged were rehearsed primarily on Monday morning and a few groups rehearsed during the days before. Highlights included the soaring music from Miriam Laube’s direction of the Police section, the suicide runs added to the protest section, the over 21 high-school students staging the Youth section, the mix of community and OSF Company on stage, and the depth and emotional clarity added to so many plays. We could go on and on. It was truly a thrilling and revelatory process. The transitions were covered with live music from Christiana Clarke, Jordon Barbour, Ivan Payne with mash-ups of songs like U.N.I.T.Y, Fight the Power, Unforgivable Blackness, Sound of da Police, and others. Each one had thematic resonance and gorgeous harmonies.

The evening ended with a moving post show discussion led by Robert Goodwin and Amrita Ramanan. A few highlights included the story of the black actor whose mother is in the police, the story of the white woman who used her white privilege to interrupt a white cop racial profiling a black man, the college student telling us to vote, the person of color speaking about racism and micro-aggression, the culture worker inviting people to join them in doing the WORK in Oregon.

Comment cards from Audience 
“Moving, Poetic presentation of reality”
 “I wish we learned more about political systems that allow this violence to continue… Beautiful production. Earth Shaking. I was brought to tears, laughter, red with anger but mostly LOVE.”
Comment card from Audience: Very powerful, something that needed to be done. Amazing Speechless!”
" Powerful, necessary, Thank you. Gracias!”
" Powerful and emotional. I can’t think of a stronger more honest medium for this message in Ashland. Thank you from my heart”

Facebook Comments

Mahalath Gordon: “I'm incredibly honored to have been asked to act in these Black Lives Matter, Every 28 Hours Plays presented by OSF. Thank you Claudia Alick for inviting me to participate, thank you for making this happen and bringing this to our town. I had no idea a black person is killed in this country by the police every 28 hours! Being in this play was immensely healing for me because police brutality towards people of color has affected me so deeply. I'm also very grateful for the Ashland police department because I've only encountered kind and compassionate police who make me feel safe in this town. And thank you to my daughter and mom (Mahari Bryan & Stella Burden) for coming to watch and support. If you didn't get a chance to watch this play find a way to see it at some point. They are going on continually and it's so important that we are all part of the conversation for change and peace. #BlackLivesMatter, #Every28Hours, #OSF, #Ashland, #PleaseStopKillingUs, #IDontWantToBeAHashtag”

Jayne Dutra: “A gripping, powerful community production”

Rosie Mountain: “Thank you everyone who made this all happen... My mind is just blown away. I took my 15 year old and I can say one thing our youth are our future!!!!! Educate them give them awareness!!! Let them get un comfortable let yourself get un comfortable!! So we can start feeling comfortable! Again thank you everyone for putting in such hard work and giving it such heart and soul 💗 And whaaaat almost a full house!! I know folks are gonna be calling the box office letting us know how fantastic this was!! I cant wait to listen to all the feed back from our patrons !”

Janelle Wilson: “We just got back from watching The Every 28 Hours Plays: Southern Oregon. Wow. Extremely powerful. Feeing grateful for my community and inspired to help be part of positive change here. Thank you to Claudia Alick, Matthew Reynolds, everyone who made tonight possible, the incredible actors, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and all who shared in this evening. Love y'all. Facebook fam: Google this production and look for it near you. #every28hours #every28hoursplays”

Jess Carr: “Last night's Every 28 Hours Plays event at OSF has left me breathless, honored, and motivated. This is by and large the biggest and most important project I have contributed to, and there simply aren't enough words to encapsulate the emotions tied to that gravity; to my talented, fierce community and collaborators. I'm so proud of our community ("U-N-I-T-Y my Community") for showing up in big way. It was a sold out show, with lines from the box office stretching down the road. It was incredible to see these plays on our stage. I was in Ferguson almost exactly a year ago when we created and developed the collection, and have been working with the national cohort since then. Watching from the audience last night, the flashbacks to that time in St. Louis were overwhelmingly powerful. The voices of all the people who started this project were in the room with us. In the plays you wrote. In the work you developed. In your generous spirits. You are all so very loved. Thanks, thanks, and ever thanks to everyone near and far who helped make this immense undertaking a success. The artistry was profound. The need to have these conversations is evident. The work MUST continue!! I tried to tag everyone here, but there are so many of you that it broke Facebook! I'm gonna try again, though. Because there is so much power and strength in our ranks. #blacklivesmatter #every28hours Jake Margolin Lily Junker Derek Kolluri Joan Lipkin Jacqueline Thompson Heidi Van Eric Coble Chelsea Gregory Robert Goodwin Nemuna Ceesay Julie Cortez Alex Lydon Catherine Castellanos Cassondra Fetty Claudia Alick Amadon Jaeger Marty K. Casey Mariah Richardson Adam M. Flores Rebecca Struch Rebecca Martinez Kamilah Long Dawn Monique Williams Cameron Davis Raquan Smith Damarkys Go Hard Butler, Dominique Fulton II, Alicia Like, Erin Renée Roberts, Soupy Alan David Andrea Purnell Terrence Strong Nikkole Salter Mark Plesent Chantal Jean-Pierre Darius Stubbs Matt Belanger”

Betsy Bishop : “Thank you, OSF, Claudia Alick, and the hundreds of amazing artists involved in "Every 28 Hours." A wonderful and powerful night. So proud of our 9 AHS directors and actors in the Youth Section. What an experience! #Every28hours”


Producer: Claudia Alick

Lead Assistant: Producer Jess Carr
Assistant Producers: Cassondra Fetty, Dawn Monique Williams, Adriana Sanchez
Stage Manager: Heath Belden*
Production Assistant: Emily Robinson
Lighting Design: James Irvine
Sound Engineer: Amadon Jaeger
Sound Technician: Scott Kelly
Costume and Prop Design: Heather DeBey
Projection Design & Technician: Benajah Cobb
Music: “Kaddish” by Maurice Ravel and “Rebirth of a Nation” by Cedric Lamar
Pre- & Post-Show Planning Committee: Taylor Bailey, Tarah Dougherty, Robert Goodwin, Amrita Ramanan Program: Beth Bardossi, Amy Miller
Directors: Claudia Alick, Leah Anderson*, Catherine Castellanos*, Nemuna Ceesay*, Christiana Clark*, Robert Goodwin*, Miriam A Laube*, Julia Laurenson, Kamilah Long, Barret O’Brien*, Grace Pruitt, Matthew Reynolds, Amelia Sorensen, Dawn Monique Williams
Performers: Claudia Alick, Levi Andersen, Taylor Bailey, Jordan Barbour*, J. Cameron Barnett*, Elise Marie Bellamy, Reed Bentley, Nicole Apostol Bruno, Connor Bryant, Catherine Castellanos*, Flora Chavez, Yvette Monique Clark*, Daniella Cobb, Rebecca L. Curtis, Cameron Davis, Leo Decker, Mason Decker, Tarah Dougherty, Dominique Francis, Mollie Frederick, Quinci Freedom, Darwin Garrett, Iris Goldie, Jeannine Grizzard, Justin Harris, Josh Houghton, Kate Hurster*, Jamin Hutchings, Briawna Jackson, Taylor Symone Jackson**, Chalise Kadin, Korrin Kenerly, Cameron Kolpak, Jared Lawrence, Amy Lizardo, Tatiana Lofton, Susan Lynsky*, Tamra Mathias, Michael McDonald, Preston Mead, Christiana Meadows, Samantha Miller, Preston Montgomery, Carolina Morones, Laurena Mullins, Naomi Nelson, Tricia Patrick, Emily Patterson, Annie Paul, Dylan Paul*, Cesar Perez, Grace Pruitt, Amrita Ramanan, Liam Rauch-Moore, Nancy Rodriguez*, Shanique S. Scott, Caroline Shaffer*, David Shih*, Phoenix Sigalove, Amelia Sorensen, Stephen Michael Spencer*, Sadie Swartwout, Timothy Taylor, Tramell Tillman*, Jade Chavis Watt, Mahalath Wealthy, Kendra West, Jessie Whitt, Kenyon Whyte, Peter Wickliffe, Kent Wilson, Maddison Woodward, Candace Youngans
Community supporters and participants: Ashland Community Counseling, Ashland High School, Ashland Police Department, The Sheriff of Jackson County, Chautauqua Poets & Writers, City of Ashland, Collaborative Theatre Project, Crater Renaissance Academy, Lotus Rising Project, Northwest Pizza Co., Racial Equity Coalition, Southern Oregon University’s Oregon Center for the Arts, Temple Emek Shalom, Unite Oregon, The Arson, United Way of Jackson County, Vision Quilt
Special thanks to Ari Roth for his play “BLM Platform Genocide Walk”

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ** AEA Professional Theatre Intern +member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union 

“We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Every 28 Hours Plays Community Readings Format

If your Facebook and Twitter feeds are anything like ours you are being triggered on an hourly basis. #TerranceCrutcher #KeithLamontScott #Kaepernick. A lot of people are asking what they can do. 

Here one important thing.  Shift the culture in your immediate area. Have a transformative conversation with your people.  Educate.  Empathize. 

Yesterday a community member stopped me to thank me for the Every 28 Hours Plays Community Reading resources and reflect on the living-room engagement she held this weekend. The conversation was powerful and productive and they all plan to attend our staged reading of the full collection Oct 10 at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This is a resource you can use right away with friends, co-workers, family, or even in a faith setting. We are sharing this free of charge as something you can do right now.


In Solidarity 
Claudia Alick 
Community Producer 

Community Reading Ashland OR July 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Phase Two of The Every 28 Hours Plays

During Phase Two, with lead producer Jacqueline Thompson (Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing, University of Missouri-St. Louis), we traveled to St. Louis and engaged in a week of artistic exchange with guest and St. Louis‐ based artists. We attended a lecture in UMSL Touhill Theatre by Dr. Terry Jones on race relations and the history of St. Louis that led to the events in Ferguson starting with the Civil War; met with Duane Fosters' students at Normandy High School (Michael Brown's school); toured Ferguson with artist/activist Marty Casey; and facilitated a conversation with activists, artivists, and a police officer at The Urban League. All of this community engagement and artistic exploration seeded a rich environment to write several original plays on‐site that were then integrated with the larger collection. 

The entire collection of plays was then presented to the public as staged readings in St. Louis at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and in Ferguson at the Dellwood Recreation Center on October 23, 2015.

St. Louis Contributors
E28H STL producing team: Jacqueline Thompson, Andrea Purnell, Kathi Bentley, Adam Flores, Em Piro, Carl Overly, Marty Casey
Ron Himes, Artistic Director, The Black Rep
Joan Lipkin, Artistic Director, That Uppity Theatre Company
Seth Gordon and Steven Woolf, Repertory Theatre of St Louis
Rick Dildine and Jennifer Wintzer, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Matthew Kerns, Salt House Collective
Marty Casey, Dellwood Recreation Center
UMSL Department of Theatre
Chris Hansen The Dark Room
Lamar Harris Mind Speak Consulting
Mark Wilson Saint Louis University
Susan Rowe Jennings, Centene Arts Center
Maria Straub, Metro Theatre
Ryan Rakel, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
MK Stallings, UrbArts
Ray Sampson, filmmaker
Gregory Carr, director
Rachel Tibbetts, Prison Performing Arts
Corinne Wohlford and Brandon Mason, Supply Donation
Debbie Flores, Transportation/Supply Donation
Ana Castillo, Videographer / Film maker Lindenwood University Student
Playwrights: Olivia Medina, Nancy Bell, Joan Lipkin, Rob Maesaka, Kelley Weber, Steve Peirick, Grant Harris, Matthew Kearns, Basmin Nadra, Mariah Richardson, Steve Page, Marty Casey Moseley, Rick G. Trumble
Mustard Seed Theatre
Urban League of St. Louis

Monday, August 1, 2016

Phase One of The Every 28 Hour Plays

The Every 28 Hours Plays Background 

Phase One

During Phase One, we first examined our project goals, the One-minute Play Festival model and Claudia Alick's experience with short form performance including Neofuturism and slam poetry.  We crafted the project with an colonialist lens and desire to capture the zeitgeist.   We connected with theaters and playwrights around the country to craft a selection of one‐minute plays around that theme, or to send artists to St. Louis to develop the work on the ground with us. Phase One also included conversations with thought leaders in national theater collaboration, communications, law enforcement, social justice, and activism. 

One-Minute Play Festival "Call to Action"


Invitation to collaborators from The Ferguson Moment

Thought Leaders

Friday, July 8, 2016



1. Choose 5 plays and read them aloud with a small group and have a conversation and/or writing session afterwards.

2. Tweet a play in full!

3. Invite a visual artist or musician to make art work around a play!

4. Take photos with a sign that says #Every28Hours and share them online with informational links

5. Commit to your dates and send a press release to your community about the public and creative way you are already to committed to addressing this issue.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Phase Three of The Every 28 Hours Plays

Phase Two began in St. Louis and Ferguson MO...

October 23 2015 2:00 
Dellwood Recreation Center on the border of Ferguson MO
and 8:00 pm Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis

Collaborative development and staged reading of all plays with The Black Rep Repertory Theatre of St Louis, That Uppity Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Salt House Collective, Dellwood Recreation Center, UMSL Department of Theatre, The Dark Room, Urban League, APIs for Black Lives, The Dark Room, Mind Speak Consulting, Saint Louis University, Centene Arts Center, Metro Theatre, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, UrbArts, Prison Performing Arts, Organization, and artist from Kansas City's Fishtank Performance Studio, Austin TX Salvage Vanguard Theater, Cleveland Play House, NYC Working Theatre, American Conservatory Theater in San Franscisco, Urban Theatre Movement from LA, Crossroads Theatre and McCarter Theatre from New Jersey, Theatre En Bloc, The TEAM, Sojourn Theatre from Chicago, Guthrie Theater from Minneapolis, Kennedy Center Cleveland Public Theatre, Trinity Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The One-Minute Play Festival. 

Phase Three began immediately after...

Phase Three of The Every 28 Hours Plays has several goals.  We aim to connect to artists and community members who care about this subject and want to find solutions. We aim to within a year, workshop in a national distributed practice, different ways for communities to engage with the plays and find ways to share these models. We aim for the work to be engaged with as many communities as possible.  We aim for communities to generate their own original work on this subject. We aim for beautiful emotional engagement and empathetic exchanges. We aim for communities to find ways to discuss hard realities and find positive solutions. These goals are already being met. 

October 26 2015
Trinity Repertory Theater Rhode Island

Staged Reading in collaboration with schools and other theaters in Rhode Island. "There were many powerful, sad, uncomfortable, emotional moments, and they came at the audience rapid-fire, so much so, that my head, and my heart, spun, working hard to process all that I was bearing witness to...this night will stay with me forever. I am grateful to have been a witness to this premiere event in our very own city, and look forward to all the good it will do, all the conversations it will start, and the calls to action it will provoke, and the human connection it will encourage, as it shows around the country." Wendy Jane Grosman, audience member writes about her experience,   

"I am thrilled to play a small part in this movement. The creation of the Every 28 Hours Project was an attempt to provide yet another safe space for conversation and healing. Artists from around the country joined hands with artists from the St. Louis area, creating a forum for the people of this region to be heard. These plays are inspired by their stories. The plays developed from these workshops are not only meant to shine a light on the darkness, but also to express the hopes and dreams of a people. These plays reflect the power of building community through collaboration fueled with love." Joe Wilson on Howlround 

October 28 2015
American Conservator Theater San Francisco
Staged reading of 40 plays with audience engagement activities before and after the performance featuring guest appearances by local artists and activists.

April 15 2016
Kennedy Center and American College Theater Festival 

Special preview staged reading produced with Jerome Parker, Martin Wilkins, National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Actors Theatre of Charlotte and O’Neill National directing Fellow, directed the presentation with Vaughn Midder, University of Maryland Alumni, and Gus Heagerty, former Kennedy Center Kenan Fellow and assistant director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. An acting company of 30 will present the work, drawn from students and alumni from Howard University, University of Maryland, Catholic University of America, and leading actors from the professional theater community, including Tonya Beckman, Frank Britton, J.J. Johnson, Joy Jones, Christopher Lane, Jeff Kirkman, Manu Kumasi, Fatima Quander, and Justin Weaks 

June 4 2016
Capturing Fire Queer Poets Summit and Poetry Slam
Workshop with 10 plays analyzed through the lens of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Followed with writing exercises

Video of original work here!

June 25 2016 
Theater Communications Group (TCG) National Conference 
Black Lives Matter, Civil Engagement, and the Responsibility of Theatre

This hour long session include a staged reading of a selection of The Every 28 Hours Plays and a discussion with participants from past and future engagements with the plays. Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick (OSF’s community producer) and The One-Minute Play Festival Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea, the #Every28Hours Plays is a national partnership of theater, education, community, and civic institutions. The plays directly engage with identity, race, and our collective national wound. Inspired by our current civil rights movement aims to create healthy spaces for our communities to creatively address this important and sensitive subject. Speakers included Joe Wilson from Trinity Rep, A.C.T. Community Artistic Director Tyrone Davis, participants from the reading at The Kennedy Center, St. Louis based arts leaders, and members from the Every 28 Hours Advisory Board.

July 17 and 21 2016
Community Readings

Community Readings are table reading of five to ten plays by members of the community.  The casting identity specific to give participants the direct experience of empathizing with identities not their own.  

"Participating in this was moving and difficult and I needed it and am grateful for the opportunity." Elizabeth Fairchild


Oregon Shakespeare Festival Oct 17

St. Louis Oct 15 at COCA and Oct 24 at the St. Louis Rep

Company One Nov 5 at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. 

The Goodman Theater 
American Conservatory Theater-SF
Artists Against Oppression 
Better Youth, Inc.  
Center Stage Baltimore 
Center Theatre Group 
Cleveland Play House 
Cleveland Public Theatre 
Company One Theatre 
Young Playwrights' Theater 
Crossroads Theatre 
Fahari Arts Institute 
Fire This Time Festival 
Fishtank Performance Studio 
Flea Theatre  
Forum Theatre 
Guthrie Theater 
Hansberry Project 
Kennedy Center 
La-Ti-Do - DC 
McCarter Theatre 
Metro Theatre 
Mosaic Theatre 
Mustard Seed Theatre 
New Black Festival 
PassinArt Theatre 
Penn State 
Perfect Disgrace
Ping Chong Company 
Portland Center Stage 
Prison Performing Arts 
Profile Theatre 
Randolph-Macon College 
Repertory Theatre of St Louis Repertory 
Theatre of St Louis 
Saint Louis Universtiy 
Salt House Collective 
Salvage Vanguard Theater 
Shakespeare Festival 
St. Louis Shakespeare Festival 
Sojourn Theatre 
St. Lou Fringe 
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Standford University
TeAda Productions 
That Uppity Theatre Company 
The Black Rep 
The Long Wharf Theatre 
The National Black Theatre 
Theatre Offensive 
Trinity Repertory Company 
Urban Theatre Movement 
Voices United 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre 
Working Theatre 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

BLACK LIVES, BLACK WORDS INTERNATIONAL PROJECT and Guthrie Theater with Community Partners - Carlyle Brown and Company, Bedlam Theatre and Freestyle Theatre
Black Lives, Black Words- Twin Cities from Reginald Edmund

Featuring Original Works from E.G. Bailey, Sha Cage, James Austin Williams, Idris Goodwin, ShaVunda Horsley, Kyra Calvert, Abdi Phenomenal, Harrison Rivers, Toki Wright,PaviElle French, Khary Jackson and more.

Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m
Get your tickets now!!!!


‪#‎blklivesblkwrd‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"No Indictment" by Karega Bailey and King Keon (Keon Johnson)


"No Indictment" by Karega Bailey and King Keon (Keon Johnson)
One of the best movement songs and videos to come out in a long time. This is a must see and must share!


‪#‎SandraBland‬ ‪#‎MarioWoods‬ ‪#‎TamirRice‬ ‪#‎MikeBrown‬ ‪#‎AiyanaStanleyJones‬ ‪#‎RekiaBoyd‬ ‪#‎TrayvonMartin‬ ‪#‎EricGarner‬ ‪#‎FreddieGray‬ ‪#‎JamarClark‬ ‪#‎JohnCrawford‬


From Nick Brentley

BAY AREA ARTISTS: Would you like to EXPRESS your opinions about the Black Lives Matter movement using your art? Know of any poets, musicians, dancers or performing artists who have something to "say"? I am co-producing an upcoming show and we are accepting submissions. If you are interested, either send an email to davblackmindsmatter@gmail.com or call 510.763.5180 for more information.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Facing Our Truth

In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing our Truth which continue to be presented around the country often around February 5th, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. Facing Our Truth‘s purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

In light of recent tragic events in our own community and the need for an effective response to our County’s challenges around race, bias and privilege, Yvette Jamuna Sirker, Kristen van Ginhoven and Gwendolyn VanSant present a staged reading of these plays. Professional actors will perform alongside community members. A facilitated community conversation will follow. This event is sponsored by Berkshire Theater Group and Mass Humanities. Proceeds from this event support the work of Multicultural BRIDGE.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 7:30p
Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield
111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tickets: $15

To purchase tickets, call (413) 997-4444

Visit the website for more information: http://www.multiculturalbridge.org/events/facingourtruthfebruary6th

Monday, January 4, 2016


It was the winter of 2014 and I was surprised that America wasn’t on fire. Every week there were more reports of police slayings of black civilians. We watched America’s corrupt justice system protect murderers because they were white and held a badge. America was once again in the middle of a race war that the dominant media wasn’t covering and all my friends were on the frontlines of battle.

Being a person of color in America is a maddening experience. We all deal and interact with white supremacy in different ways, yet share the common threads of living in a society that doesn’t deem our bodies beautiful or worthy and constantly attacks them. We are simultaneously invisible and hyper-visible, devalued unless we are being exotified or fetishized for our foreignness. Historically, our bodies are not, have not been, ours. They have been examined, owned, interpreted, and rewritten by the white patriarchal supremacy that upholds this country. There is very little public dialogue about what our bodies actually mean to us, what they are, what they can do. We learn that our bodies are not sites of self-love and beauty, but as functions for labor, commodity, or objectification.


If you are a person of color writing about your relationship with your body and exploration of self-love, please submit up to three poems or one piece of prose to HEArt’s special Let Me Love Me issue by January 31, 2016. We seek work that brings voice to the value of body/presence/wholeness in all.

Read More here: http://heartjournalonline.com/letmeloveme/2015/12/6/let-me-love-me-call-for-submissions-by-fatimah-asghar

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Our Life: The Black Youth Stories

"Hey everyone! Just a reminder that Our Life: The Black Youth Stories Project is going up this weekend in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. If you're in the area and want to see a show that talks about blackness in America based on actual nationwide accounts, get your tickets here. Use discount code JUSTICE4 to save. Remember too that there's a talkback after each performance. Not required, but the conversation is important. Hope to see some of you there." Ross Jackson

Our Life: The Black Youth Stories is a production of narratives that focuses on the experience of black youths, past and present, forced to view their blackness as limitation and the lasting effects these limitations create. Our intent is to develop a performance piece that creates a conversation about the current climate of black America, compares it to the conditions of the past, and fosters dialogue on how we can begin to navigate the continuing adversity. There will be talkbacks held after each performance to allow an open forum during which audience members may express their thoughts about the issues at hand as well as the production's process and message.

Buy tickets here: http://ourlifebysp.bpt.me/