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OUT'hood FEST: “Rocky Barboa” by Billy Dean Thomas

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184 Dudley Street

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OUT'hood FEST is Boston’s newest festival that lifts up the voices and works of local LGBTQ artists of color. All of the works presented at the festival are new original works and works-in-progress.

Hip-hop artist Billy Dean Thomas performs live from her 10-track conceptual album Rocky Barboa, which tells the story of a boxing match from the moments before entering the ring to the end of the final match. Highlighting the parallels between hip-hop and boxing, Billy Dean Thomas’s performance moves between hip-hop, punk rock, and grime; her polyrhythmic flows drive home truths about #blacklivesmatter, underlying her fighting stance as a queer brown artist claiming space in the male-dominated hip-hop arena.

Billy Dean Thomas also known as “The Queer B.I.G “ is a musician who challenges the hip hop game with lyrics that align with #blacklivesmatter, intersectional feminism and highlights the difficulties of growing up in NYC. Thomas graduated from Smith College in 2014, with a degree in Cultural Psychology. Her musical musical career began at the age of 8 playing congas and being a part of an advanced Poetry/Performance program where she was mentored by Pharaohe Monch, Rosie Perez and DMC. She is a true lover of translations and remixes historical sounds and texts to fit today’s perspectives.

OUT’hood FEST is the culmination of The Theater Offensive’s OUT'hood Residency Program, which supports the creation of artwork by, for, and/or about LGBTQ people. This residency program supports artists with mentorship, in-kind resources, and financial support. OUT'hood FEST and the OUT'hood Residency Program were made possible by the Barr Foundation and the Klarman Family Foundation. Additional support for OUT'hood Fest comes from our co-presenter Hibernian Hall, the National Performance Network, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Cultural Council, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition.

Since 1989, The Theater Offensive has served its mission with groundbreaking interactive workshops and shows by, for, and about the LGBTQ community. Our work is called OUT In Your Neighborhood (OUT’hood) because we go beyond traditional theater spaces. OUT’hood reflects the diversity of Boston, gives voice to underserved LGBT community members, creates avenues for cross-cultural dialogue, and breaks down the barriers of homophobia, racism, bigotry, and hate. To learn more, visit ttoboston.org.

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