TTO's Out'Hood Series presents an evening honoring Boston's queer black female artists and their unique contributions to the culture of our city.
Featuring performances by Rebecca Mwase, Black Venus, and Dominique Coley. Spoken word, poetry, music, and more!
About the Perfomers
Rebecca Mwase is a Zimbabwean-American theater and performance artist, creative consultant, producer, educator and cultural organizer working at the intersection of art and social justice. She has trained with ArtSpot Productions, Dah Theater, the Highlander Center for Research & Education, Urban Bush Women and Junebug Productions in cultural organizing, devising and storytelling. Her work has toured nationally and internationally, and she is a 2016 A Blade of Grass-David Rockefeller Fund Joint Fellow in Criminal Justice. Rebecca's most recent original works are her solo piece Looking at A Broad, Last Call’s Alleged Lesbian Activities, and ArtSpot Productions’ Cry You One. She is a co-director and co-founder of LOUD (New Orleans Queer Youth Theater).
Black Venus is a renaissance, which means “rebirth” or “renewal”. As an interdisciplinary artist, they draw inspiration from artists like Josephine Baker, Ntozake Shange and Audre Lorde, using art to bring their stories and those of our ancestors to life. The art of Black Venus centers their life experience as a native Bostonian who is queer, black, and female-bodied. They find purpose and fulfillment when using various art forms as tools for education, healing, and liberation.
Dominique Coley is a Queer Spoken Word Artist from Brockton, MA. She received her first poetry journal from an elementary school librarian, who then cried upon reading her first pieces. Yet, she hadn’t begun taking her writing seriously until she overcame clinical depression in her final years of high school. She is an artist who likes to bring overlooked, heart wrenching realities to life. Her storytelling explores diverse perspectives and narratives, all of which aim to shed light on the various crosses people bare. Dom desires to use poetry to foster compassion and unity by forcing audiences to face the realities of common and individual struggle.