It’s not often we hear about a Broadway play that’s written, directed, produced, and stars black women. That’s why ‘Eclipsed’ is so special. Not only because of all the black girl magic, but it’s the first time a Broadway production has had a female playwright, a female director, and an all-female cast…PERIOD! Along with the powerful story behind the play, ‘Eclipsed’ has the artistic power to inspire every black female, young and old, walking on earth. The play tells the story of four captive “wives” of a rebel officer during the Liberian civil war. The playwright is Denai Gurira who we all know as Michonne from ‘TheWalking Dead’, directed by Liesl Tommyand it stars Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, a long time friend of Denai’s.

‘Eclipsed’ is a must-see Broadway event for more reasons than one! Because it’s created and stars black women shouldn’t be one of the reasons, but I think it’s safe to say that Broadway is recognizing and acknowledging the talents of ALL KINDS OF FOLKS and I’m here for it all!

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It’s really time to break through those barriers and show that there isn’t a reason for the lack of representation or the under-representation.” Denai tells Uptown Magazine.

 

In EW‘s featured article on Denai Gurira and Lupita NYong’o, the friends shared why the play has evolved from off-Broadway!

How has the play evolved as it’s moved from Off Broadway?

NYONG’O: Because we’re the same ensemble, there’s a level of trust and ease in which we work together. This is like a mountain to climb every night. But we know the mountain and it’s allowed us to find new natural and surprising things.

GURIRA: I feel a great comfort hearing that. The playwright has to step away – you want to see it fly on its own. I can’t always be in the room with them.

NYONG’O: You did the foundational work, and we always have that. So you’re always in the room.

GURIRA: That’s so sweet, Lupita. I appreciate that.

NYONG’O: It’s true – this has been a godsend of a production because of the level of love and respect in the room. We genuinely like each other, which helps. This is the kind of play where you need a sisterhood.

GURIRA: Oh, for sure. Like the scene where Lupita gets her ass kicked? [Laughs] There’s an insane amount of trust involved because it really is like flying without a net. That’s because there’s such a sisterhood.

 

Sisterhood…that’s what it’s all about!

We can do amazing things when we support one another. ‘Eclipsed’ is proof of that.

To read more of Denai and Lupita’ interview, go here.

Check out Uptown’s featured article on the play here

 

ELLE recently published a featured article on these beautiful women, and I was so intrigued and inspired, I had to share the story.

It’s awesome when ANYONE starts a business. It’s fantastic when the business owner is a woman. It’s sensational when the business owner is a woman of color! This story of three African-American women who started a law firm together makes me prouder of my people!

Because one woman, Yonde Morris, decided to step out on faith, she and her friends Keli Knight and Jessica Riddick, are working for themselves and guess what…they used the social media giant, Twitter, to help turn their dream into fruition.

By Elle:

Every business has its Hollywood origin story—the wee-hours revelation, the “Eureka!” moment, the so-crazy-it-just-might-work experiment. But the tale that the partners of the African-American- and female-owned KMR Law Group like to tell isn’t some blockbuster epic. It’s made of about 140 characters and one very consequential tweet.

“I had been doing some work that I definitely didn’t love,” explains Yondi K. Morris, a founding partner of KMR. “Technically, I was a contract attorney, which means I went into law firms to help them with whatever they needed for some period of time.” Newly installed at a law firm that she is too polite to shame, she was on the clock when a partner went over to check in on her progress.

“He just looked at me and said, ‘Okay, slave, get back to work.'” She was the only person of color in the room. “I looked around and just waited for someone to catch my eye,” she remembers. No one met her gaze. Worse still, no one looked surprised.

“For me, honestly, I wasn’t just insulted as an African-American woman. I didn’t want to be viewed as a worker bee anymore.” She went home and logged on and tweeted, “I need to start my own firm.” Keli L. Knight wasted no time. She replied right away, writing, “Let’s meet to discuss.” They did, and invited Jessica Reddick, an old friend that Morris had known for a decade, to join. “We got together one day in Starbucks and that was the first meeting,” Morris says. “We just all clicked—our personalities, our dreams, our ambitions. In that moment, it all made sense.” Adrenaline and caffeine flowing, they sketched out a provisional logo on scrap paper and drafted an informal business plan to start a law firm in Chicago. “We decided we were going to do it,” Morris says, “and haven’t looked back since.”

Read more here

 

See what happens when you step out on faith?

These three sistahs are making it all happen for themselves.

I knew Twitter would be good for something!!

Check out the website for more information on KMR Law Group here

A nude bra and skin tone hosiery are the basics of every woman’s wardrobe, at least in theory. For many women of color, finding suitable skin-tone hosiery and lingerie has not been an option. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.

Inspired by trailblazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and super model Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin. It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere.

Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of colour. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.

 

Chere out the website here

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