Houssaynatou @ 'Ain't No Mo' - This is the s**t I'm talking about
What’s it about?
Black America coming to terms with the fact that they were not and still are not cherished or wanted in white America.
FUCKING LOVED IT!!!! OMGGGGG, what an amazing show.
I was in awe from the very beginning and there was not one moment when I did not laugh. This is the shit I'm talking about. Real issues that go on in people's lives, acted out centered stage. It was absolutely brilliant. And to know that the playwright is so young (and fresh out of graduate school!) goes to show that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.
I will start off saying that I had the absolute best seat in the house! I was in the first seat in the front row and that came with priority attention from the cast — at least in this case. All seven actors gave me direct eye contact and it felt amazing. It was as if out of the 80-plus people in the audience they chose me to look at, LOL. After seeing 40-plus shows, I realized that an audience truly makes a show because of this performance. If the audience is not reacting well to the content and actors, it can be a drag. But boy was I lucky. My seat mates — along with the entire audience — meshed so well with the content of the show. For example, we had the term n***a being thrown around like it was nothing and the cast encouraged us to say it. I resisted because I absolutely hate that term, and many of the white audience members did not dare to utter it. Mind you, the cast was literally giving the white audience permission to do so. At that point, it came down to morals. For them, it did not sit well. I commend those who restrained from saying it, because in my opinion it is an ugly word with a horrible history. But on the other hand, the black folks in the audience were hollering n***a like there was no tomorrow. This is when the term becomes a two-way street.
Everything about the history of black folks in America was touched upon. From Martin Luther King, Jr., to the election of the first black president, to the killing of young black men at the hands of those who are sworn to protect us. It hit home for me because I am living in this country, which has recently experienced so much hatred, stemming simply from the color of one’s skin. I very much know who I am and the color that others see my skin as, but it's so hard to understand the hatred that people have for one another. Though we don't live in a perfect world, I choose to think that we should always love one another, simply because we are human beings. There is no social status, race, wealth, etc., that can tell you otherwise. Unfortunately for those black folks in the show, there was no love for them in the land of the free. There was only hate. Their only way out was to go back to where it all started, the motherland. With the support of the government, every single black person in America will catch a one-way flight back to Africa and never look back.
That was so unsettling for me to watch, because black people have just as much a right to claim America as their home as white people do. The U.S. would not be what it is today if it were not for us. It's clear people tend to forget that, and it's everyone's job no matter your race or ethnicity to defend that fact. Before the show began, there was a placard positioned center stage that stated: "Write something that black folks have contributed to America." As the first audience member to get up and do so, I wrote that we contributed beauty and brains. As I sat back in my seat I then saw a flood of people — black, white, etc. — descend upon the stage to write their thoughts. I guess you can say I was the first!!
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