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Love, Locs & Liberation

blackwomyn beautiful productions · Ages 13+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by CONSTANCE JAQUAY STRICKLAND

June 15, 2018
IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot certify this reviewer attended a performances of this show because no ticket was purchased through this website or the producer has not verified they attended.

What I liked

That Ella did not shy away from history. That she took a risk on the truth and what black women have had to battle from Africa to Slavery to Modern Day times and that each Black women from different parts of the world will have their own story but no matter we are interconnected. What started out as joy in the motherland came to be pain and shame as we were separated around the world can be power, joy and liberation again-and here we are. Wearing out hair! This is a show for all women who’ve ever felt defined by their hair.

What I didn't like

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My overall impression

The story of black women and their hair is sacred. It was a wonderful surprise to walk into the theatre and realize this was going to be a journey onstage one does not see. I loved having the Haitian Black Women perspective on coming to love and relish in our natural hair. It can be hard to break colonial ways of thinking and brainwashing and Ella sheds it all onstage. The more black women see our similarities the more powerful we are as a collective. Ella touched on old truths, history, cultural stereotypes and family opinions to show how it can be a battle for one to be their authentic self. I was moved by her success to donjust that. Her hair defies gravity and is a revelation well worth the liberation! Thank you Ella.

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