Black Rage//Black Magic is a sometimes comedic, sometimes musical, sometimes somber, always loving collection of skits and scenes that explore the ways rage impacts the Black body, consciousness, spirit, heart, and family — as a result of systemic, interpersonal, and internalized racism — and the magical ways we turn that rage into an (he)Artistic tool for survival, healing, resilience, dignity, love, and creativity.
This production is the culmination of a 16 week FREE theatre-healing workshop for Black activists, artists, and healers facilitated by ThaHood AlKemist and Jezebel Delilah X. It features extraordinary work written and performed artists like Magnoliah Black, Ray Ray, Larri, LaTasha Monique, La’Quoia Renee, Antoinette Luna, and Sassa Nash.
Please join us while we use the theatre, and love to question, examine, unpack, make fun of, heal and try to understand the impact of, both, overt systemic oppression and everyday microaggressions, on our lives.
Congregation of Liberation is a Queer, Black, Femme lead organization of multi-disciplinary (he)Artists invested in using art and spirituality as a tool for re-imagining social justice, anti-oppression advocacy, community healing, liberation, entertainment, and love. As we believe that Blackness is a constant state of revolution and creativity, and that queerness is a constant state of inquiry and liberation — we proudly create art, workshops, performances, and other productions of community that comes from the magical potency and unique cultural intelligence of living, loving, and thriving at that intersection. We are so grateful for the opportunity of sharing our (he)Art, our magic, our fierceness, and our vulnerability with the world.
Irene McCalphin is a Bay Area writer, performance artist and eater of food in public. She blends modern movement and words with neoburlesque to create socially conscious art pieces that add voice to marginalized communities and celebrates the human body. Irene has danced on stages throughout the country with the award winning and internationally traveled troupe Rubenesque Burlesque as Magnoliah Black from 2009 to 2015
Larri Mariola is a recent graduate from Mills College of Oakland, CA where she studied music performance and theater.
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Sassa has experienced cultural dissonance as a self-identified black woman from mixed heritage, growing up in primarily white neighborhoods. Her experience as a woman of color is shaped heavily by her exposure to prejudice and her strong desire to find true expression and love in the face of oppression.
The Hood AlKemist (Ifasina TaMeicka L. Clear) is a big bodied Black dyke from Texas, residing in Oakland,CA. She is a Body Positive Coach, Spiritual Coach, and Community Educator that uses Hood AlKemy, various spiritual arts, as well as formal education and training to foster transformative and healing spaces for Black people living at varying intersections. She spent a little under a decade doing intersectional activism through several organizations in the south. Thanks to her Saturn Return, she shifted her focus and energy to the spiritual arts and healing justice, bringing a wealth of grassroots organizing experience to that side of liberation work. Ifasina is the Human Relations Evangelist of Congregation of Liberation and an aspiring performer. She loves vibrant high top tennis shoes, ginormous earrings, and beloved community/family.
Jezebel Delilah X is a queer, lush-bodied, Black, femme performance artist, writer, actress, filmmaker, educator, facilitator, orator and Faerie Queen Mermaid Gangsta for The Revolution. She is a Co-Managing Editor for Everyday Feminism; co-host of the queer/feminist Open Mic, Culture Fuck; and Director of queer, Black, multi-disciplinary performance troupe, Congregation of Liberation. She uses a combination of memoir, poetry, theatre, and feminist storytelling to advance her politix of radical love, socioeconomic justice, anti-racism, community accountability, critical reflection, love, healing, and liberation.
“the ‘money always on their mind,
refuse to let a nigga impose on their shine,
Queer all of the time,
sometimes highly polticized, other times inviting of the lies.
Catch them engaging critical theory or mimicking the lifestyle of Papi
Future and Papi Drake. A thief in the night.'”
LaTasha Monique was born in Vallejo, California and, as a first generation college student, received her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Anthropology from Mills College in 2010. A two time Mills Alum, LaTasha also received her Masters in English Literature in 2012. She is a published writer and has a passion for academic, journalistic and creative writing. LaTasha loves nothing more than curling up with the DVD version of a good book while enjoying cardamom flavored ice cream.
Antoinette Luna: antoinette luna | antonio luiz (toni) is a genderqueer black hood nigga femme from many places and no place at all. she/they loves to read, drink tea, make films (and love), and is a creative kaleidoscopic spirit. acting, writing, and dancing are loves of hers/theirs, and so she/they is honored to be in this cohort!
Discipline: Theatre, Performance Art