MOTHER TONGUE MONOLOGUES: A PRAISE SONG FOR BLACK GIRLS RECLAIMING OUR MOTHERS BONES is for the girls in us. It is a praise song to their enduring spiritual strivings representing the essence and the heart of Black women who continue to imagine revolutionary spaces with us fully in it.
SALAMISHAH TILLET AND SCHEHERAZADE TILLET
Founders, A Long Walk Home
Founder, Girls for Gender Equity
MTM 2016 is chaired by:
CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance
Women, Action & the Media
Ocean Ana Rising, HopeWorks
CONCEIVED BY: Farah Tanis, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Black Women's Blueprint and Founder, Museum of Women's Resistance.
MTM2016 blows the lid off the unacknowledged ways in which Black family, community, the state and global identity are constantly accessed and assessed through the site of Black girls’ bodies, from the young girl taken from South Africa’s shores and later named the “Venus Hottentot”, to Missouri’s fourteen-year-old Celia hanged for defending herself from her Masters repeated rapes, to the eighteen year old blamed last month for being raped by 5 boys and men in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Mother Tongue shouts out the names in the continuum of generations of women who seeded moments we now see manifested in the meditative reflections, movements and protests of girls—in mind, flesh and bones—talking bones. They talk stories. Like mothers and great grandmother ancestors who carried past, present and future across oceans, the girl in us and those all around us carry stories from block parties and ancient village dance circles, where drum beats spoke to them and they responded with swaying hips without fear, restraint or judgement.
MTM beckons us back to a place where our very existence is ritual. With music, dance, and mind-blowing vocals, it compels us to reclaim what must be reclaimed—the spirit of resistance contained in the literal and figurative repositories of our memories—in the bones of our ancestral mothers.
MTM 2016 IS DIRECTED BY:
Piper Yvonne Anderson, Create Forward LLC
Technical Director: Pope Jackson, Actuator Inc.
Assisted by Lorraine LaPrade.
FEATURED ARTISTS, POETS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS:
Piper Yvonne Anderson
Nina Angela Mercer
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
As Always, MTM 2016 Is A Benefit Performance To Support the first ever Black Women's Truth & Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault and Tribunal in the U.S.
Friday, February 26, 2016
6:00 PM Reception
8:00 PM Performance
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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.