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MOTHER TONGUE: MONOLOGUES FOR LESBIAN ANCESTRAL WIVES AND REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN SPEAKING THE UNSPEAKABLE
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New York, NY
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MOTHER TONGUE: MONOLOGUES FOR LESBIAN ANCESTRAL WIVES AND REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN SPEAKING THE UNSPEAKABLE
"It is not difference which immobilizes us but silence. And they are so many silences to be broken." ~Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider.

Mother Tongue: Monologues for Lesbian Ancestral Wives and Revolutionary Women Speaking the Unspeakablewill draw you into deeper conversation about one of the most taboo subjects in Black sexual politics same sex love and gender nonconformity.  With beautiful imagery, evocative music and bold movement, poets, drummers, dancers and actors dramatizing and performing community will speak of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities of people in Black communities that remain intensely controversial, and/or dismissed as an insignificant aspect of their lives.

The Black lesbian in particular, who stands at the crossroads of two well-developed ideologies in America, one about women and one about "the Negro", remains a dangerous site saturated with the belief that female sexual energy deserves punishment. Mother Tongue Monologues continues to center the multilayered texture of Black women's lives as it rarely ever is,  and shatters the silence around the treatment of the lesbians among us as objects of hypersexualization, entertainment and media fodder, pornographic exploitation, backlash and displaced anger. The Performance challenges cultural beliefs that insist on seeing tragedy in sex and gender identities that present a threat to a patriarchal status-quo informed by a racist paradigm that for centuries kept its foot on the necks of women, while confining men to a destructive code of masculinity that often undermines their very freedom and humanity.

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd (corner of 135st and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY 10037
United States

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