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Hear Our TruthsThe Creative Potential of Black Girlhood$
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Ruth Nicole Brown

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037979

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037979.001.0001

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Hear Our Truths

Ruth Nicole Brown

University of Illinois Press

This chapter features a scene from a play entitled Endangered Black Girls (EBG), based on the lived experiences of Black girls the author has worked with in an after-school program (not SOLHOT) and has learned about through news stories. Theorizing the process of writing and performing EBG on through to subsequent productions made possible only because of the show's original cast, this chapter illustrates how creative means of expression make it possible to fully capture the complexities of Black girlhood and that attending to the complexities of Black girlhood is necessary to affirm Black girls' daily lives. Importantly, performances of EBG generated new ideas for ways Black women and girls could be present with each other, and the play was a primary catalyst for suggesting and co-organizing Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT) as transformative collective and creative work.

Keywords:   Endangered Black Girls, EBG, theater, plays, lived experiences, news stories, performances, after-school program

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