Houssaynatou @ 'Choir Boy' - the beauty us black folks have

What’s it about?

A gay black man who is proud of his identity. But society is not always welcoming…

My experience.

I was finally able to see this show! #BLESSED

When I first heard the all-black cast singing in harmony online, I knew I had to see this. Although technically this is a play with music, not a musical, there are lots of songs. I love when actors sing because it feels as if I am the only one in the room. I have a smile on my face from start to finish. But most importantly, this show had an ALL-BLACK CAST!


Though I acknowledge talent no matter what race a performer is, I felt good seeing an all-black cast showcasing some of their God-given talents. With voices like that, they might as well showcase them!

When the entire cast appeared on stage in the beginning, I recognized two of them from TV shows. One was from Queen Sugar, which I watched over the summer, and the other is from Power. Unbeknownst to me, they were damn good singers! I was also proud of how many black people were in the audience. We came to support and represent the beauty us black folks have. Some people could not resist hooting and hollering throughout the show. I could not really get mad at that, because it was geared toward some of the hard truths that black people face in America. The performances touched on that. Some of the audience members were simply confirming that truth.

Though I was incredibly excited to witness such a great show, I must admit that I had a hard time following it at points. They usually lost me after something drastic happened. SPOILER: For example, Pharus — the main character — would be singing a beautiful melody one moment, and then suddenly he was in a room with half-naked men talking about genitals. Though entertaining, the story line was just too confusing. I think the message the show was sending is that we are living in a world where people cannot truly be themselves without being judged, even though it’s the 21st century.

With its mix of laughter, sadness and blunt reality, I am so happy I got to see Choir Boy. At some points during the show, I felt really, really, proud to be a young black woman. Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of who I am now. But that was not always the case while growing up. Though I experienced an identity crisis early on, I came to realize that we are beautiful people, unique and full of life. But there are still barriers we must overcome in a country that continues to see us as not equal. 



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