Sista in the Brotherhood

A few days ago, I went to see the play “My Walk Has Never Been Average.” The play looks at the lives of black tradeswomen.

“My Walk Has Never Been Average, written by Roberta Hunte and Bonnie Ratner, is a multi-media presentation based on the lives of women whose stories are never told. Adapted for the stage from in- depth, first-person interviews with 15 Black women in trades, labor and crafts, these stories reveal great inner strength and accomplishment in the face of the multiple oppressions facing Black working class women in America. These are stories of families and communities, of fighting for survival and achieving success, and of relationship dynamics when women move out of nontraditional roles.” 

I laughed, got a little misty eyed, and did a lot of signifying with other black women in the audience. It was a great experience.

I was happy to hear Roberta Hunte (professor/co-writer of the play) has decided to make a short film on the same subject matter.

“We are excited to bring to life our short tradeswoman film! The story is about a young black tradeswomen named Laniece as she arrives at her new job site. Though she is eager to work, her co-workers are less than welcoming. She struggles and in a moment of difficulty, she must figure out how to rise above her situation. The film reflects the experience of many tradeswomen, but also, it also touches on the wider theme of personal transformation–with a dash of humor.”

She has started a Kickstarter campaign I love a good DIY (Do It Yourself) project.

Support if you can 😉