A Benefit Performance To Support Collaboration And Prevention Programs On Sexual Assault In Communities Of African Descent.
Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Award winning, African American lesbian, feminist, documentary filmmaker and anti-violence activist
Award winning, spoken word poet, performing artist and LGBTQ political rights activist
Connecting the Local To The Global.
Acknowledging The Coalition of African Lesbians
Representing 11 Countries in Africa
“It is not difference which immobilizes us but silence. And they are so many silences to be broken.” ~Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider.
Mother Tongue: Monologues for Lesbian Ancestral Wives and Revolutionary Women Speaking the Unspeakable will draw you into deeper conversation about one of the most taboo subjects in Black sexual politics—same sex love and gender nonconformity. The Black lesbian in particular, who stands at the crossroads of two well-developed ideologies in America, one about women and one about “the Negro”, remains a dangerous site saturated with the belief that female sexual energy deserves punishment. Mother Tongue Monologues continues to center the multilayered texture of Black women’s lives as it rarely ever is. We will shatter the silence about the treatment of those considered by many to be “the least among us”, objects of hypersexualization, media fodder, pornographic exploitation, ridicule and displaced anger, and challenge the dominant paradigm that insists on seeing only tragedy not only in lesbian existence, but in gay, transgender and any "other" who represents a threat to the patriarchal status-quo and tampers with the current state of Black sexual politics. A politics informed by a racist paradigm which has for centuries kept its foot on the necks of Black women, while confining men to a destructive code of masculinity that often undermines their very humanity. Transgender men and women, gender non-conformers and straight allies will also share center stage as a force to demand an end to domination.
Yes! With beautiful imagery, evocative music and bold movement and choreography, poets, drummers, dancers and actors dramatizing and performing community will speak of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities of people in Black communities that remain intensely controversial, and/or dismissed as insignificant aspects of their lives. The performance is affirming and a call to action. It is a must see for those seeking to build and strengthen communities in all their diversity.
CAN I BRING CHILDREN?
We have set the age limit at 14 or older. Some of the material may be unsettling to young viewers. However, we encourage guardians to use their own best judgment. Communication is key.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Get the List |Dr Beverly Guy Sheftall | Deepa Soul | Dr Alexis Pauline Gumbs | Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
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Mother Tongue ~ n. (1) one's native language; (2) the first language learned and passed from one generation to the next; 2. natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community.
Mother Tongue Monologues is a multimedia production and performance which brings together actors, artists and activists who take the audience through journeys, moments, incidents and historical narratives giving new life to the struggles of our foremothers and women of African descent today. Such centering of Black women in the midst of their own history and culture as people who contribute to the shaping of communities and to the building of nations, gives relevance to our full experience as an African Diaspora. Mother Tongue Monologues presents Black women as concrete cultural beings in the context of a definite cultural community. More and more, Mother Tongue Monologues is being heralded as a vehicle for addressing Black sexual politics in African American communities and for communicating Black feminist thought at the grassroots level.