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DC Black Theatre Festival to Feature World Premiere of The Hair Chronicles, Saturday, June 30 at 3pm

DC Black Theatre Festival to Feature World Premiere of The Hair Chronicles, Saturday, June 30 at 3pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 27, 2012
 
CONTACT: Dan Fotou, Luna Media Group646-245-1706 (cell), dan@lunamediagroup.com 
Media Advisory
DC Black Theatre Festival to Feature World Premiere of
,Saturday, June 30 at 3pm
Three Women of Color Intimately Discuss the Role Hair Plays in Their Lives, Culture & Self-Identity 
WASHINGTON, D.C.
-- This Saturday, June 30 at 3pm (ET), the first-of-its-kind DC Black TheatreFestivalwill feature the world premiere of 
a new play examining the role hair plays inboth the cultural and self identity of women of color. Told through the eyes of three young women ofcolor, 
 offers audience members an in-depth look at how this personal feature,legendary for the societal, political and cultural focus it's received throughout history, continues to shapethe lives and identities of women today.To purchase tickets, visit: http://3girlsandadog.com/upcoming-shows  African-American commentator and cable news host Melissa Harris-Perry recently catapulted the
discussion on the “Politics of Black Hair” to a national stage by dedicating an entire segment of her 
MSNBC show to the topic.From childhood at kitchen tables, while their mothers and grandmothers tend to their hair, young women
of color are taught about their heritage, society’s expectations, womanhood and identity.
As an AfricanAmerican woman who grew up in a predominantly white commu
nity, I’ve always had to explain my hair 
--
why I don’t wash it every day; why I can’t go swimming as often as I’d like; or why it takes so long tostyle,” said
co-producer and playwright, Michelle Whittaker. 
“When Melissa Harris
-Perry recently did hersegment on the politics of black hair, I wanted to share it with every friend. Her teachable moment
beautifully summarized the issues that I’ve struggled to explain since I was 8 years old! Explaining why
your hair is different can be very difficult for a young girl." 
WHAT
: World Premiere of 
WHO
: 3 Girls and a Dog Productions -- co-producers and co-writers: Nileah Bell, Mary Nyingi andMichelle Whittaker. Director: Nicole M. Brewer
WHEN
: Saturday, June 30, 2012
 TIME
: 3pm ET
 WHERE
: Howard University, Blackburn Center, Media Lab, 2400 Sixth Street NW, Washington, D.C.How we look, what we think, where we come from and who sees us as we are, are all questions that theplay strives to answer. In a sharp, and often hilarious banter, we get to know these three women of color,and in doing so, we get to know ourselves.
“My hair is my self image,” says co
-
producer and playwright, Mary Nyingi. “I have this perfect hair style in
mind that will say who I am, but I can't get my hair to cooperate. It keeps sending
the wrong message!”
 Fellow co-
producer and playwright Nileah Bell shares, “When someone says something about my hair 
--good or bad -- I am immediately brought back to who I am. As a mixed race woman, my hair is a directlink to my culture. When we were writing this piece, our conversations started with hair, but ended with a
deeper connection to so much more. Hair has the power to do that for women everywhere.”
 

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