Seen Around Town: In Her Words

Black History month in DC offers a diverse selection of non-stop events highlighting and celebrating the vast contributions of African-Americans. One of the first of such events that I had the pleasure of attending was the musical production In Her Words. Written and directed by Khadijah Ali-Coleman and produced by Liberated Muse, In Her Words is a theatrical presentation showcasing the voices and views of five dynamic Black female sheroes: Lucille Clifton, Zora Neale Hurston, Lena Horne, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.

Playwright Khadijah Ali-Coleman introduces the presentation.

College student Cass receives inspiration from poet Lucille Clifton.

The play exposes the audience to lesser known works and experiences of these amazing trailblazers. Most refreshing is that all of the dialogue was inspired by or from the characters’ own words taken from various interviews and concerts.

Although I was initially caught off guard by the very public and buzzing lobby location of the MLK Memorial Library, the highly talented and focused cast did a breathtaking job of channeling their respective characters which seemed to limit the feel of ongoing distractions. The live musical accompaniment was a nice touch as well.

Nina Simone sings about the Young, Gifted and Black

Lena Horne sings her banned song Now

Billie Holiday reminds us of the horror of Strange Fruit

Zora Neale Hurston shares How It Feels To Be Colored Me

The full cast sings In My Song

Familiar with the contributions of all five  women, I was happy to be reacquainted with known work, inspired by new (to me) pieces and most importantly reminded of the awesomeness that is Black women!

In Her Words is scheduled for another performance on Saturday, February 18th at  1 p.m. at Capital View Library. The event is free. Click HERE to RSVP.  For more information about the play, please visit the website here: http://theyliveon.wordpress.com/

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  1. Thank you so very much for coming out and for spreading the word about the piece. Many blessings to you. It was a pleasure meeting you and your mother. Best, Khadijah

  2. innerdiva says:

    Sounds interesting!

  3. The play was awesome… please catch the Feb. 18, performance at Capital View Library and it is free. Khadijah I hope you take it further…Love MamaSolstice

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