Sunday, January 27, 2008

Shades of Black Set To Debut

Educator and writer Khadijah Ali-Coleman writes original play to be produced at Morgan State University in February 2008. Baltimore, MD, November 07, 2007 --( On October 24, 2007, dozens of Morgan State University (MSU) students answered a casting call for actors for the original play "Shades of Black: A Thought In Progress".

The play, written by writer and youth advocate Khadijah Ali-Coleman piqued the interest of students who had previously viewed the video intro of the play found on Facebook."I was intrigued," said one student. The video intro presents images of Black America-- inclusive of everything from Flava Flav to pictures of civil rights activists-- set to the song "A.D. 2000" by Erykah Badu. Ali-Coleman, founder of So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA), LLC, created the video to solicit those interested in participating in the play and to entice people to want to come and see the play when it comes to stage.

Ali-Coleman, a thirty-something year-old writer and community activist wrote the play in response to what she calls a pervasive assault on the senses of self-loving Black people. She incorporated her nonprofit So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA), LLC in 2005 to begin progressive work in reaching younger populations and feels her play continues that work. It aims at encouraging youth to be discriminating."This is not a play talking about why music is bad but rather looks at how allowing negativity to define you creates a domino affect on every aspect of your life. My hope is that the play will encourage people-- particulaly young people-- to critically think about all that they see, hear, believe and embrace."

Jacquelyn Thomas, an MSU student who was cast in the role of Black Shakespeare-- a spoken-word spitting sage who appears sporadically throughout the play-- believes that the play is reminiscent of George C. Wolfe's iconic play "The Colored Museum".

"The way it educates and entertains is done brilliantly," Thomas says

"Shades of Black: A Thought in Progress" will appear at MSU's Student Center Theatre on February 12, 13 and 14 in 2008. Call 443-885-3388 for ticket information. The play is produced by Morgan State University's Office of Residence Life as part of their Black History Month series.

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