Have YOU met Miss Yasha?

This is a really exciting time! Shoppin’ for N.I.G.G.A.S is happening in November and there is such an amazing group beginning to form for that event and for Blackboard!

I’d like to give a personal shout-out to Blackboard’s New PR Representative, Kym, who is already hard at work on this event!

There are no words to express how I felt from the craigslist response I got a few weeks ago! Since then, I have been interviewing and working with people to help us move forward.


As every good organization knows, funding is the key and we are no exception.

Shoppin’ is looking for Donors and Sponsors!

You can donate using this link to Indie GoGo

Donation Levels

$10 – Catalog Flipper Facebook, Twitter and Website shout-out  Unlimited

$50 –Window Shopper Thank You card signed by the playwright with original artwork by Becca Johnson and a poster autographed by MC, Amanda Diva. 25 Available

$75 – Browser A copy of all the you tube trailers on a DVD will be sent to you. 25 Available

$100 – Shopper A copy of the entire November 12th evening on a DVD, in addition, you will be listed on our website and in our program. 25 Available

$300 – Call My Personal Assistant A copy of the you tube trailers and the November 12th evening on DVDs will be sent to you. You will also be listed on our website and program.  20 available



About blackboardplays

Familiar with the collectives for poets and other Black writers that had been created over the years and slightly envious of that sense of community, I became curious about a similar place for playwrights. I wanted to see Black playwrights, actors and directors excited over each others work and supporting each other. I was longing for a “home” as a Black playwright and wanted to see other Black artists in that home, not to be exclusive, but because there was a void. I was also eager to find other Black playwrights who shared a passion for the craft of storytelling. The stories of the Black community are diverse and are often hidden behind the blockbuster stereotyped versions. The non-artistic Black community, not involved in the writing of these stories, is yearning to see themselves in our stories and it is apart of my life’s work to ensure that happens. the cell is any artists’ dream: a new space that supports you as you grow, committed to new work and the art. This allows the writer to focus on the craft - to focus on their story. Nancy Manocherian and Kira Simring welcomed this idea with open arms and instantly became apart of what we later called “Blackboard Reading Series”. Every reading will conclude a twenty minute talk-back with the audience. Dialogue with the community is essential to what we want to do with the series. As we grow, there may be more readings a month, play festivals and of course productions. We want to nurture and develop new black playwrights for this generation! Thank You! Garlia Cornelia Jones Founder, Blackboard Reading Series
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