Black Marriage Negotiations

Rehearsals for Shoppin’ have been wonderful!  The cast is wired for this play and director, LA Williams has really put everything in perspective.   Our discussions at rehearsal have been exactly what this process who have included and what we all look forward to on Friday during our panel discussion.

Toccarra Cash (Guinivere) mentioned at our rehearsal last week that there was a video entitled “Black Marriage Negotiations” on YouTube – we watched it together at today’s rehearsal and once again, put everything in perspective for me about how pertinent this play is to what is happening right now.

Watch it – What do you think?


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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One Response to Black Marriage Negotiations

  1. cisco says:

    Wow, I love to reply to the video. I think black women are VERY strong and hold strong to there convictions. I LOVE THAT! Men try and walk over women too much and take advantage. I get ill to my stomach when I hear, “let a man be a man” or, “You have emasculated me!” What!? PLEASE! I think it’s the case that just about all non black women are and enjoy being submissive that is the cause for so many black men turning the cheek on there black women. Why is there all this talk about 50/50?

    I also believe that EVERY woman regardless of race, LOVES a bad boy, so this is a HUGE reason why so many black women end up with the Thug and the A-Hole. The video teeters on the extreme but I totally recieved the point. I am looking forward to seeing Shoppin:)

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