“Children born in this desert are always thirsty.”
This is a line from poet Mahogany L. Browne’s Poetic Theater Productions and The Wild Project presented production, Redbone: A Biomythography. The Eboni Hogan-directed, hour-long show descends into the depths of the relationship between Browne’s parents for Browne to better understand them and herself, and to highlight the issues of their relationship that still exist today. Named after her mother’s nickname because of the light color of her skin, the production deals with issues of gender, class, domestic abuse, colorism, addiction and prison system.
Continue reading Modern Griots Reviews: Mahogany Browne and the Mythic Poetics of Redbone
Professor of African & African-American Studies at Duke University and blog owner of New Black Man, Mark Anthony Neal began producing the weekly webcast Left of Black last year. Neal calls the series, “a contrarian view of blackness,” and it is due to his wide range of guests on the show who discuss a variety of topics, including lynching in Jim Crow south, Black students and tracking in schools, connections between hip-hop and the economy, connections between hip-hop and religion, racism and journalism, homosexuality and the black community, and the Occupy movement. The second season began on January 9th, so I encourage you to tune in.