Artist Statement

History has such a funny way of repeating itself. I’m sure you’ve heard that before, but the sarcastic voice in my head reminds me that we obviously haven’t learned from it we’ve just masked it. That’s what insanity is - doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. 

I’ve spent most of my adult life un-learning the whitewashed history lessons from my Christian high school in a small racist town in North Carolina and began re-educating myself through the works of August Wilson, Ntozake Shange, Adrienne Kennedy, and James Baldwin. I acknowledged my own ignorance and transformed it into curiosity. By taking full responsibility for my own learning which is the fuel for my work. Though, this country is divided - we’ve always been divided, I have hope for change. Activist Bree Newsome said that social change happens by “thousands of people doing thousands of things in thousands of places at once. The individual contribution of many.” From that, I have vowed to do my part. I use my calling as a writer, my passion for the Black Experience and our culture through the reflection of history, it’s residue and generational trauma. My work is used to create a healthy symbiosis between the characters and the audience. I use my voice as a Millennial Black woman to enlighten and remind everyone of real events and the effects it has on the black community, all while creating characters to defy the stereotypes used to present my people as less than. As a writer, I consider the perspective of others and I challenge it. I see the audience as active members in my work and I want them to be able to see versions of themselves and confront the forms of themselves that are apart of the problem. Change is only possible with acknowledgment. We are living in the same historical cycle of broken mindsets and fear. I only pray that my work will challenge the masked perception of reality so that the repetitive cycle of an oppressed and divided country can learn and heal.

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