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Blacktress UK came out of many conversations and sister meet-ups about tokenism and the effects it can have being the only one. The feelings of isolation and lack of visibility and inclusion in often white spaces within Drama School, rehearsal rooms and across the industry. This has created a culture of silence amongst Womxn out of fear of never being hired or thinking it was in their heads and a real lack of validation in their own experience. We are here, queer, varied across generations in every shade and hue, heritage spanning across the whole of the UK and the globe with varied accents, dialects, languages, cultural practises and faiths.
“Without community, there is no liberation... but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.”Audre Lorde
Blacktress UK hosted their first meeting called A Seat At The Table 29th March 2017 at Jamaican restaurant Mr Jerks on Wardour Street in celebration of Womxns History Month. There, sixteen self-identified Black Womxn actors from different generations came together, ate food, shared stories and started a love journey of listening and sharing.
We want to empower by building community where healing and creativity is held in equal balance.
This will go towards our facilitators that lead Spark workshops that we want to keep affordable.
Blacktress wants to become more accessible and so hiring BSL interpreters and providing proper training to our regular facilitators
The day to day administration and marketing.
To expand our events outside London
Expenses covered for our volunteers
Just giving costs
In 2019 we want to curate another Blacktress Season.
Please follow our journey @blacktress_uk
Thanks for what ever you can give
Cherrelle and Shiloh
The Blacktress UK Team
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Jun 3, 2019
Thank you for the Zena Edwards workshop I feel enlightened and woken up. Thank you so much.
Apr 18, 2019
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Mar 22, 2019
Had the most amazing Blacktress workshop this past Sunday and all I can say is I wish I could donate more! Xo
Mar 21, 2019
Positive, inspiring and well needed. Keep doing what you're doing xx
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