The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival proudly presents the return of Poetik Blues: A Sistah’s Story
Poetik Blues a Sistah’s Story is my story and the story of many of my sisters told through poetry, prose, music and dance. I wrote my pain, sadness, disappointment and victories and brought them to the stage to inspire black women to open up about the mental and emotional life issues that give us “the blues”. Many times we feel isolated, neglected and alone and feel the stigma of appearing to be less than “that strong black woman” everyone says and believes we are to be. Now I am not saying that we are not strong, but we hurt and experience things that we don’t or won’t talk about even with our best girlfriends.
I wrote Poetik Blues to bring some of these issues to the forefront and create a safe space for dialogue and sisterhood. Contrary to what reality TV would have us believe we can work together, live together and heal together.
I am brown skinned and my sister is light skinned. I was blessed as a chocolate girl to come up in a home where I was told I was beautiful. I did not have the same experience outside of my home. I never felt beautiful, because most of the women that were considered beautiful did not look like me.
An excerpt from Brown Skinned Blues:
Brown Skinned Blues, I’ve walked in it, wallowed in it, got down deep and swallowed it as mine. Wished I was lighter, prayed I would wake up lighter. Maybe this is a dream and I really am lighter. Then I woke up, the woman inside of me woke up and with my own eyes, I saw what God sees!!! Brown and beautiful!
That’s part of my story. Karen Moore’s Poetik Blues: A Sistah’s Story!