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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

WORD: ‘Natasha Ria El-Scari: "The Secret Life of Black Mothers"

Originally posted to https://soundcloud.com/word-14

Sneak preview of this week's WORD: ‘Natasha Ria El-Scari: "The Secret Life of Black Mothers" http://bit.ly/1zDrkYJ

KCUR-FM is the NPR member station in Kansas City, Mo. WORD is our spotlight on poetry, fiction and essays by area writers. It's an effort to provide greater exposure for the literary arts within our listening area.

Our arts team will record writers reading their work in our studio or at live events in the community as opportunities arise. We'll consider original poetry, fiction and essays from first-time writers to widely published professionals.

Submit your story or poem here: kcur.org/post/submit-your-story-or-poem-word

Black Poets Speak Out letter writing campaign

Phase 3: Letter Writing Campaign

Below is a copy of the letter Amanda Johnston just sent to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. Feel free to use it as a template for your letter. Personalize it. Sadly, you should be able to change where she mentions my “home state of Texas” and the deaths of Larry Jackson and Yvette Smith to event(s) in your state.

We will be sending a different video every day, but you can change the last line if you’d like to send just your video to “Attached is a link to the video I submitted in solidarity with‪#‎BlackPoetsSpeakOut‬.” The most important part is that we connect our art to action and call for immediate action against police violence.

Now it’s your turn. Pledge to demand action along with us.

1. Find your elected officials’ contact information. If you aren’t already registered, register to vote.

2. Modify the letter below and send your letter. (Daily, weekly, monthly or even just today. Your voice is power.

3. Spread the word. Share your intention/pledge.

Tweet or Paste “I pledge to demand the enforcement of solutions to address police violence #BlackPoetsSpeakOut http://tinyurl.com/o6fdrf2" into your Facebook status.

READ THE LETTER DIRECTLY ON http://blackpoetsspeakout.tumblr.com/lettercampaign

#BlackPoetsSpeakOut Twin Cities at the Penumbra

#BlackPoetsSpeakOut Twin Cities at the Penumbra Monday Jan 26 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rebirth of a Nation by Cedric Lamar

"Rebirth of a Nation" is a song that is simultaneously about hope and frustration. It's clear that to get the type of change that will benefit us all, you must have a healthy amount of both.

For more information about Cedric Lamar's debut album, "Kingdoms and Tall Grass", and to sign up for the mailing list go to cedriclamar.com

Dominic D’Andrea

National E28H producer, and founding producing artistic director Dominic D’Andrea is a producer, community organizer, dramaturge and director. The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is an NYC-­‐based theatre company, , and is America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company.

#1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from the work. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in close to 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Salvage Vanguard, ScriptWorks, ACT, Perseverance Theatre, and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & close to 600 famous, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.