A Benefit Performance to Support the Work of Black Women's Blueprint & its U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission to End Rape
“Change don’t come easy. For anyone. But this state of war we live in, this world on fire provides us no other choice”. – Cherrie Moraga, Refugees of a World on Fire, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.
We call for a Tribunal! Removing gags from our mouths, Black women are blasting locks off carefully constructed cages, reshaping the course and discourse of power, and standing in the middle of worlds on fire, as embodiment of revolutionary potential. Mother Tongue 2015 is a call for justice! It is a bold response to the notion of Black women as mere support character, single-story protestor, quintessential grieving mother, sister or daughter. This February, Black women take the stage, removing the gags from our mouths, we speak also for ourselves, lift the silence shrouding narratives about centuries of genocide against women and girls, and highlight the complexity of our experiences as Black women, central to that of the Black collective. We speak of our own pain as equal and central to that of the Black collective. In our uprising alongside brothers, alongside transgender sisters and in our protest, we name the unspoken names. Black girls willingly “die-in” for all, but no longer will we allow their own brutalization by police or community to remain in the shadows. No longer are we handing our bodies over to the struggle for justice simply to collapse on the front lines, invisible. A practice in radical politics, MTM 2015 is proud and interlocks with "Black Lives Matter”, honors its creators and positions race alongside gender, alongside sexuality, alongside immigration, alongside economic status, prison status, survivor status, and Black women emerge from a world on fire, as equally central—as the embodiment of revolutionary potential.
What's MTM 2015 like? Beautiful imagery, evocative music, and contemporary poets propel the audience through powerful moments of call and response, conjuring up the spirits of radical women in a salute to "This Bridge Called My Back", Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, Audre Lorde, hattie gossett, Toni Cade Bambara, Rosario Morales, Naomi Littlebear, and many more.
Is It Appropriate for Children? We ask parents and guardians to use their best judgment when choosing to bring to bring children to MTM, because of the sensitive and mature nature of the theme and language used.
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.