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Community production in Hartford celebrates the diversity of Blackness

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The community production “Negra, negra, negra soy,” features 10 women who identify as African American, Jamaican, Afro Cuban, and Haitian. The performance celebrates the African diaspora and will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m., at Kamora’s Cultural Corner in Hartford.

A one-night show celebrating the diversity of the African diaspora will make its U.S. premiere in Hartford on Saturday, Aug. 20.

“Negra, negra, negra soy,” which translates to “Black, Black, I am a Black woman,” was created by the international Afro-feminist art collective Kukily.

Through text, sound and dance production, the show’s performers take on a discussion that centers on the voices of Black women and the diversity of their experiences. The production features 10 women on the stage who identify as African American, Jamaican, Afro Cuban and Haitian.

Director Colleen Ndemeh Fitzgerald said people of the Black African diaspora and people who are not Black need to “understand that Blackness is not a monolith. Blackness is global.”

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A performer practices during a recent rehearsal for “Negra, negra, negra soy,” which will make its U.S. premiere in Hartford on Saturday, Aug. 20 in Hartford.

The title for the production was inspired by “Me Gritaron Negra!” a poem by the Afro Peruvian choreographer, composer and activist Victoria Santa Cruz. The poem underlines Santa Cruz’s reclamation of her Black identity in the midst of racism.

“The creative process of this [production] creates space for participants to get to know each other, for the audience to get to know them and for bridges to be constructed between individuals and communities,” Fitzgerald said.

In collaboration with SageSeeker Productions, Kamora’s Cultural Corner and the Hartford Public Library, the event will also feature local Black artisans and small businesses.

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The performance will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. at Kamora’s Cultural Corner in Hartford.

Brenda León is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. Brenda covers the Latino/a, Latinx community with an emphasis on wealth-based disparities in health, education and criminal justice.
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