What’s New Wednesday

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In this edition of What’s New Wednesday I would like to share my review of a play I went to see last weekend.  For Her as a Piano is a moving story that covers three generations of African American women.  Written by Nambi E. Kelley and directed by Ilesa Duncan, the all female cast takes you on a journey of what happens when you are able to go back in time and revisit the lives of your mother and grandmother (most of us would love to be able to do this).

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On a journey to place the pieces of her life together, the main character is guided by Piano, through the tumultuous childhood and coming of age of both her mother and grandmother.  This journey helps Sarah, the main character to understand some of the generational issues that were perpetuated by and upon the matriarchs of her family.

A moving production with powerful music, phenomenal acting and moving dialogue, this is a recommended production for those in the Chicago area.  Nambi E. Kelley tells a dynamic, relatable story that not only hit home with me but a story that I know would resonate with many other women I know.  The acting takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as the characters navigate multiple roles as well as multiple phases in their lives, sometimes this is done in one scene.

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As a first time visitor to the Pegasus theater, I believe that this production set the bar high for anything else I would go to see at the theater.  It also underscored the fact that the actresses in this play were all masterful in their own right and gave each of the characters they played a depth and relatability that can be lost in many dramatic productions.  This is a highly recommended, Girls Night Out play which will be accompanied by great conversation about your lives and how they intersect or parallel the lives of your matriarchs.

Sound Off Sunday

Sound Off Sunday

Sound Off Sunday for this week starts with the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March.  I remember participating in the first march, a young women inspired to be a part of a movement. I drove with two friends from Chicago to DC to be a part of that historic moment and it is shocking to see that 20 years later, while there has been some progress, we still have a long way to go.  I am proud that the movement has not dissolved especially in this time and space where people need to be continually reminded that #BlackLivesMatter.

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Today is the Chicago Marathon sponsored by Bank of America.  Thousands of runners make there way through the city across over 20 neighborhoods.  I happen to live a half block away from a part of the marathon route and it I can sit on my balcony and watch the runners make their way through this part of their journey.  I want to wish of the runners success in completing this annual marathon.

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October is the month where we acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness as well as Domestic Violence.  For both women and men both of these issues require or attention.  Women if you are over 40, or have a family history of Breast Cancer please schedule a mammogram today.  Many places offer free same day mammogram screenings and results.

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For those who may be suffering or know someone who is suffering from Domestic Violence the national domestic violence hotline has 24/7 phone support with trained advocates.

24/7 Phone Support

Trained advocates are available to take your calls through our toll free, 24/7 hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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Stay tuned for more facts on Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer as we move through the month of October.

What are you Sounding off About this Week?