Posts tagged Social Justice
Permission Tour
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Permission.  Nu World Art Ensemble has tackled the issue of sexual assault in a 45 minute production filled with honest stories about rape culture. The cast members use dance and music to tell the story of alcohol and drugs, misogyny, victim blaming, blurred lines, and myths about rape and sexual assault. Our piece also sheds light on the male survivors, and the survivors in the LGBTQ+ community, voices that are not always heard.

Stella, Sis. Mothyna, Ola, Parrish and Louis at Mount Vernon Place Square Take Back The Night

Stella, Sis. Mothyna, Ola, Parrish and Louis at Mount Vernon Place Square Take Back The Night

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Nu World Art Ensemble would like our audience to remember that rape and sexual assault is about power and control. Survivors are never responsible for their assaults.

Our first performance was on April 18th at Light city Health Labs. We presented a five minute presentation of the larger performance. The Health Labs topic was health disparities in depressed communities and the untreated trauma of a sexual assault has lasting mental and physical health issues for survivors.

On April 19th we performed Permission at Morgan State University. We have performed there for several years but this performance was the most well attended and best received. After the performance several of the students wanted to know more about our company and work with us in the future.  

TurnAround Inc. invited us to perform a short excerpt of Permission for the Take Back the Night Vigil and Rally on April 26th. We performed outside in Mt. Vernon Square and were honored to share the space with survivors that presented their stories.  

We did not stop in April. Mama Rashida Forman-Bey, our founder and an Urban Arts major at Coppin University, directed our Permission show for her final project on May 15th and the directors of the program gave glowing reviews.

Nu World will continue our tour with upcoming dates in June so check our social media pages and website for time and venue. 

Stevanie, Tobais, James Brown and Jabari at Coppin University

Stevanie, Tobais, James Brown and Jabari at Coppin University

Mama Rashida and Ola at Coppin University

Mama Rashida and Ola at Coppin University

Ella Baker Day 2018

By Mama Kay and Mama Ola

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In Collaboration with Loyola University WombWork Productions hosted the second annual Ella Baker Day, on April 5th, 2018. We hosted the event at our Black Box theatre in West Baltimore. Next Generation Art Ensemble our youngest company ages 5-12 performed their original Ella Baker presentation; Loyola University alum Queen Earth performed and it was so awesome. Ella Baker Day is an  annual event that occurs at various locations all over the country as a way to honor and celebrate Ms. Baker’s lifetime of community organizing and civil rights activism on behalf of communities (and especially women) of color. Ella Baker Day started at Loyola in April 2017, and is an annual event held each April. Ella Baker Day allows Loyola to increase its contact and partnership with youth in our community. There was also a social justice-themed art contest from local middle and high school aged youth with two categories for submission middle and high school submissions were shown and judged. The work was brilliant and moving. The four contest winners were awarded at the end of the night. “It was so exciting to support the creative development of the youth in our community” stated the coordinator of the Emma Baker Day Emalee J Quickel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology. @ Loyola University she said, “Ella Baker Day is a great opportunity to learn from the life and experiences of Ella Baker and to better understand and connect with our own neighbors, all in the spirit of Ms. Baker’s legacy.  Well, Dr. Quickel got just what she was looking for by collaborating with WombWork Productions Inc. We pray that it will become an Annual event.

Dr. Quickel knocked on the right door.  It truly was an amazing evening with the help of our phenomenal WWP Team:

 Baba Embu head of WombWork’s Technical Team, Mama Sallah Jenkins Artist in Residence, Cheryl Hinton Performance/Visual Artist and WWP Board Member, Drummers: Charles Watson, Jumoke Ajanku, and Tobias Johnson

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Assistant Director: Stevanie Anita Williams,

 Assistants: Olayinka Lawal and Christian Harris, Donilyaha Dorsey-Green

Operation and Development Manager: Marvin Roxas

Consider WombWork hosting your next Culturally Relevant Event.

Love Always,

Mama Kay and Mama Rashida

WombWork Production Directors

www.wombwork.com

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