Live on our 4th Birthday!

Did you remember?! We’re 4 years old now!!

September 2008, we began with hopes of creating a community devoted to Black artists throughout the African Diaspora! It’s been a great couple of years, and we have the cell to thank!

We live-streamed at Monday’s Blackboard! It was a great addition and we’re hoping to continue. The hope is for Blackboard to reach as many people as possible!

Nathan’s play was a great way to celebrate our 4th birthday, because it emphasized something very important- Diaspora.

A large part of our mission is to portray Blacks throughout the Diaspora, in fact, one of the audience members was very touched, as he was a Black Brazilian and felt that those stories were rarely if ever told.

If you missed the reading, we still have the live stream, courtesy of Jerome Parker and his new channel “Emerge”!

Check it out!


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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