AfroSolo Arts Festival 19 in collaboration with the African American Art and Culture Complex, present its seminal performance series Black Voices featuring Byb Chanel Bibene, Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, and Jovelyn Richards.
Byb Chanel Bibene performs Skin Talk Skin Mood. When Bibene left Africa (The Congo), en route to Europe, U.S. and Asia, events and people began to demonstrate that there was a problem with the color of his skin. Skin Talk Skin Mood speaks of his identity adventures, where his skin color has played an important role in all the societies that he has visited and in which he has lived. As artistic director/choreographer of the acclaimed Kiandanda Dance Theater, Bibene has performed nationally and internationally.
Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe performs performs Black Gold, an excerpt from, Traveling While Black, the second part of her Adventures Of A Black Girl trilogy. Black Gold places the west African deity, Mami Wata and the enslaved explorer, Estavanico in a politically and erotically charged confrontation as it explores the tense conflagration between oil, water, slavery, colonialism and empire. Cooper-Anifowoshe is an award winning director, actor and writer who has worked in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. Cooper-Anifowoshe is one of the original supporters of AfroSolo and an alumni festival performer. Photo by Steve Savage.
Jovelyn Richards performs Strippin’ Down to Story. Set in 1865, a formerly enslaved woman named Maw Maw ponders freedom for herself and her only remaining child, Sweet Baby. After three days of sleeping in a bean field, listening to the last of gunfire and chaos, she heads to the river. At the river, she asks the spirits to help her survive. So begins the journey of a black woman walking into this new world called free. Richards is an award-winning writer and storyteller who works with live musicians. Richards has been performing for the past 10 years. Photo by S. Savage.
Special Festival Guest
Friday, September 7th @ 7:30 pm
Commedian Donald Lacy kicks off the night with a hilarious performance focused on RACE.
Donald E. Lacy Jr. is a talented actor, comedian, writer, director, and radio talk show host. He has been seen on BET’s Comic View and on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. In 2007, his one man show Color Struck was a runaway hit at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Color Struck, by invitation from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, was also performed at the Congressional Black Caucus in September, 2011. Lacy’s new one man show, SEXPHOBIAS, was performed at the National Black Theater Festival in 2011.
AfroSolo Arts Festival 19
Black Voices Performance Series
When: September 7th and *8th@ 7:30 pm and September 9th @3 pm
Where: African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF)
Admission: $25 – General each performance
For tickets go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/265289