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Friday, November 11, 2016

Event: National Communication Association's 2016 Social Justice Exchange

Today was beneficial and inspirational!
TS Hawkins had the honor and a pleasure to speak about arts education
and how to infuse social justice curriculum into project based learning for youth!
Thank you NCA/SJE for the opportunity!


Monday, October 31, 2016

#SuiteReality ©2016 TS Hawkins

#SuiteReality
©2016 TS Hawkins
photo courtesy of Tieshka Smith & Racism Is A Sickness

I.
say her name
the little brown bubble of joy
that coos at her toes
loves the color red
drinks chocolate milk exclusively from a curly straw
who dances on her daddy’s size 10s
plays in mommy’s hair
eats nana’s pancakes
before skipping to school
but never to return home
because somewhere between the first period bell
and sound of sneakers racing over linoleum 
bullet stains find Dory saturated on the back of broken promises

say her name
the coco cutie
that some say is too grown too fast
her straight “A” mid-drift always half the conversation
at sixteen
she speaks two languages and often misunderstood
her soul; the half breed of hip-hop and opera
score her scholarship necessary to
write love poems to her soon come lover
while being a strophic soubrette for her moms’ on mothers’ day
but this upcoming May
the aria she penned on her heartstrings
falls on mute wings
because somewhere between text messaging
and the click of the lockers concluding the day
three boys stripped the remains of her naïveté
through bathroom stalls and gasps for help
the replay; too much to endure
across her wrists
she composed her final ode

say her name
the mahogany maven
adored by few; abhorred by many
with no nonsense whit; a fork vexed tongue for the masses
was told she made a mistake
somewhere between waking to morning
and knowing her worth
Papi Edwards
India Clarke
Sandra Bland
London Chanel
Ty Underwood
Yazmin Vash Payne
Kandis Capri
Penny Proud
Amber Monroe
Tanisha Anderson
Aiyanna Stanley Jones
Yvette Smith
Miriam Casey
Shelly Frey
Darnisha Harris
Malissa Williams
Alesia Thomas
Shantel Davis
Rekia Boyd
Sheresse Francis
Tarika Wilson
Kathryn Johnston
Alberta Spruill
Kendra James
Maya Young
Skye Mockabee 
Korryn Gaines
Deborah Danner
muzzled by privilege and power
regulated to happenstantial hashtag
she, the nation’s marrow
yet, the blood of her purpose streams thin
muted in the tickertape of a movement
bludgeoned and battered
abused and benign 
relic souls plea for no more
SAY. HER. NAME!

II.
the curve of the spine
no longer capable of serving as whipping boy
splayed in master’s delight
salted marrow;
seasoned root rotted legacy bears a mother’s milk of strange fruit
stillborn sons and decadent daughters dangled in the right light
taste freedom at the base of severed throats
leaving blood in the water
like sipped tea on the transatlantic exchange
understood solely by bookend legislation
middle passages of destitute confusion
draft remnants of hope into one’s veins
yet, the prodigal eye gazes back never
settling for censored sight
the melanin of power melds to mass mediocrity that decry the sails of change
discount diversity oozing from their mouths
wiped dinner napkins stained with your name
dictated through your DNA
recitation reach unknown…

III.
how would it feel
to always have my name in your mouth
delectation on your tongue
soothing safe spaces between your gums
burrowing placated pleasantries that fricative against
a crooked smile
but never grazing your lips?

how would it feel
having my truths titillate your tonsils
trickle your tainted throat
coating the oppressive gutter speak used to malign my presence
lining the intestines that revile me due to ignorance
insatiate belly craving my acceptance?

how would it feel
knowing you’re deaf and dumb
to the reach of sanctuary solely at my helm
weep and moan for solace seasoned to my taste
lapped legislative laymen hounding for seconds
with you begging for a whiff of hope?

this, is for white folk
who find folly in blackness
who profit and manhandle humanity due to hue
who plunder and pillage
who choke at apology
yet privilege off of despotic democracy
who seldom say a word for justice
but bank on brown silent resilience!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Events: Irondale & The NYPD- To Serve, Protect & Understand project!


Using theater curriculum as a re-training technique for the NYPD!
#SparkTheDialogue #BlackLivesMatter #ArtfulChange #ArtfulPurpose

Performances
DECEMBER 16th & 17th @8PM

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Events: The Bridge-PHL Theatre Festival presents "What Are You?" by Danni Morinich

Come see AngelPirate's productions of
"White Woman Meditates on White Privilege: An All Too True Story"
with Kathy Harmer
and
"What Are You?"
with TS Hawkins
along with many other wonderful performances at
The Bridge - PHL Theatre Festival
Oct 6th - 9th
The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street

Friday, August 26, 2016

Video: Poetry Workshop at Temple University with TS Hawkins!

TS Hawkins poetry session
with the VOICES/POWER students
at Temple University!

In a private 2-hour workshop,
these young minds proved to be stellar!!



More Youth Workshop Poems





Friday, April 29, 2016

Scorched Sanguinity by TS Hawkins [featured during The Souls of Black Folk II: The New Jim Crow]


Join us for a special live taping of your favorite daily talk show A Bird’s Eye View, your source for all things fleek, fresh, and fashion forward. And what’s more fashionable these days than . . . social justice and mass incarceration! As we do with all the trends, we’ll be bringing you the latest from streetwear to spoken word, dance to divertissement (that’s games, viewers!) – and even a step-by-step guide on how to avoid being racially profiled in your day-to-day. Liberty and Justice don’t know what they’ve gotten themselves into this time, but when do they?!
A multidisciplinary group of Philadelphia artists have been working in residency since Fall of 2015 to create new work inspired by Michelle Alexander’s award-winning book, The New Jim Crow. The book explores race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States. The resulting piece is a theatrical journey through the book using song, dance, poetry and more. FEATURING: Cara Blouin, LaNeshe Miller-White, Cheyenne Barboza, Danielle Cole, TS Hawkins, Tieshka Smith, Nandini Sikand, Charles Ellison, Karen Smith, Joshua Campbell, and Amelia Longo!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Events: The Souls of Black Folk II/The New Jim Crow


TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!!
Thursday, 4/28 at 7PM

SOULS OF BLACK FOLK II: THE NEW JIM CROW
Join us for a special live taping of your favorite daily talk show A Bird’s Eye View, your source for all things fleek, fresh, and fashion forward. And what’s more fashionable these days than . . . social justice and mass incarceration! As we do with all the trends, we’ll be bringing you the latest from streetwear to spoken word, dance to divertissement (that’s games, viewers!) – and even a step-by-step guide on how to avoid being racially profiled in your day-to-day. Liberty and Justice don’t know what they’ve gotten themselves into this time, but when do they?!
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A multidisciplinary group of Philadelphia artists have been working together since Fall of 2015 to create new work inspired by Michelle Alexander’s award-winning book, The New Jim Crow. The book explores race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States.
The resulting piece is a theatrical journey through the book using song, dance, poetry and more. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Video: (re)FOCUS Fest Highlights of The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G by TS Hawkins



The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G
written by TS Hawkins
directed by Cheyenne Barboza
asst. directed by Katrina Shobe

CAST:
Leah Holleran
Maria Beltre
Kaitlin Pribulsky
April Rose Davis
Bianca A. Davies
Nastassja Baset
Katrina Shobe
Donnell Powell

"The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G" is a proud participant of (re)FOCUS FEST 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Events: The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G by TS Hawkins

WE'RE BACK!
The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G by TS Hawkins
directed by Cheyenne Barboza
assistant director Katrina Shobe

April 7-10th at (re)FOCUS Fest
FESTIVAL PASSES available at www.refocusfest.org



Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Video: #ExperienceTheWonder

The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G
[Behind the Scenes]

#ExperienceTheWonder
April 7-10th at The Rotunda

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Press/Media: CBS LOCAL for "The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G" by TS Hawkins


Thank You, CBS LOCAL!!

INFO & TICKETS AVAILABLE
@

"The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G"
by TS Hawkins
directed by Cheyenne Barboza
asst. directed by Katrina Shobe

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Coming Soon: The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G by TS Hawkins

When:
April 7-10th

What:
(re)FOCUS FEST
Four Philadelphia theatre ensembles are using performance to spark discussion about privilege. They will each perform pieces that explore the structure, consequence, and meaning of the concept as part of a new festival, (re)FOCUS Fest, from April 7 to 10 at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. Through their diverse perspectives, Kaleid Theatre, Power Street Theatre Company, [redacted] Theater Company, and TS Hawkins will share, challenge, and expand on each others' insights about privilege through the dialogue of shared performance.
www.refocusfest.org 

About the Play:
The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, by TS Hawkins, journeys through the lives of seven girls being escorted into womanhood. Embracing multiple levels of play, the girls teach one another ways to interact with the world at large. Using poetic dialogue, these girls introduce that their similarities expand beyond their assigned genders while exploring how their differences bring them together. Positioning itself as a foreshadowing to Ntozake Shange's work "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf", The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G highlights the embryonic spark of when all girls gather; soothing one’s aches, sorting each one’s puzzles, and sharing one’s triumphs with her chosen collective.

Video: