About Black Lives, Black Words International Project

Black Lives, Black Words aims to explore the black diaspora experiences in some of the largest multicultural cities in the world, Chicago, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Baltimore, DC, London, UK and more to investigate the question ‘Do black lives matter today?’


Black Lives Black Words gathers visual artists, spoken word poets, and between six to nine local black playwrights and have them write ten minute plays based upon the theme “Do Black Lives Matter?”. Each play is written, cast, and rehearsed throughout the weeks in preparation for a single night, script-in-hand production presented free or for a small fee to the community.


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A Playwright has a sacred task stemming back from ancient times of the griot, as the politicians, the preachers, and the prophets of their times gathering the people together and guiding them through stories toward a better world.

Black Lives, Black Words was started because we felt there needed to be an opportunity for Black Playwrights to speak out against the sins committed in this world inflicted upon black bodies: Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and the countless many others. 

Bringing together local Black artists and having them work with directors of color to speak against the injustices in an unfiltered way and to speak directly to the communities that they are connected to. Which resulted in raw, urgent and exciting new writing that was socially and politically tied to the Black Lives Matter discussions. From city to city, Black Lives, Black Words has remained an event that is accessible and affordable to all. Embraced by a wide range of different theatres that vary in capacity, playing to houses from 70 to 300 audience members. Selling out in every venue.


Just thinking about the journey that I've been so fortunate to have been on since 2015, with 'Black Lives, Black Words' and the many people that have joined along. There isn't anything particularly revolutionary about what 'Black Lives, Black Words' is doing in and of itself, it's the fact that we are doing what so many organizations and institutions that have scammed off of the diversity and inclusion discussion, and that have the resources should be doing or failing to do, which is what makes us a revolutionary theatrical endeavour. Giving artists of color actual control over their own narratives, and giving the community voice, access, and space to be heard, as well as bridging communities with a shared global dialogue. If more institutional theatres honestly did that, actually cared about the communities they are a part of, actually embraced what theatre is suppose to do, then 'Black Lives, Black Words' wouldn't be so necessary for the global theatrical discussion.

Reginald Edmund 

Managing Curating Producer

Black Lives, Black Words International Project

Help us continue our mission 

So far Black Lives, Black Words has served two continents, three countries, seven cities,and have provided voice to over sixty writers, and have placed over 200+ actors on stage to help tell the world that, 

"Yes, Black Lives do MATTER!!!"

THE BLACK LIVES, BLACK WORDS TEAM

Managing Curating Producer

Reginald Edmund


Executive Producer

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway


Senior Coordinating Producer – UK

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway


Senior Coordinating Producer – Canada

Mel Hague


Senior Coordinating Producers – US

Kyle Haden


Senior Producing Coordinator

B.B. Cooper


Public Relations Specialist

Kennan Carnegie


Black Lives, Black Words- Advisory Board

Kemati Porter, Nikki Patin, Harry Waters Jr.,

Reginald McKamie Sr., Sean Daniels, Gerry McIntyre, 

Keith Arthur Bolden, Rebecca Reynolds, Gwydion Suilebhan, Addae Afura Moon, 

Randolph Carnegie, Valerie Curtis-Newton, Raymond Bobgan, Philip Akin, Michael Halberstam


Black Lives, Black Words – Artistic Associates

Courttia Newland (London), Wardell Julius Clark (Chicago),

Idris Goodwin (Denver), LeeLee Davis (Toronto), Andre

Richardson Hogan II (Chicago), Shariba Rivers (Chicago),

Aaron Todd Douglas (Chicago), Nambi E. Kelley (New York) B.B. Cooper (Chicago),

Elana Elyce (Chicago), Daryl Brooks (Chicago), Eric Walker

(Houston), Destiny Strothers (Chicago), Charlita Williams

(Chicago), Jeff Kirkman III (Washington, DC), Quintin Talley

(Charlotte), Ana Velazquez (Chicago), Rachel DuBose

(Chicago), Osiris Khepera (Chicago), Loy Webb (Chicago),

Dominique Morisseau (Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Detroit),

Guadalís Del Carmen (New York), Nicole Michelle Haskins

(Detroit, Chicago), Kevin N. Holt (Chicago), Angela Alise

(Chicago), Ilesa Duncan (Chicago), Luke Reece (Toronto),

Marsha Estell (Chicago), Erynn Mackenzie (Chicago), Harrison David Rivers (Saint

Paul), Wendy ‘Motion’ Brathwaite (Toronto),  Tasia A. Jones (Chicago) 

Toma Langston (Chicago), Aaron C. Holland (Chicago), 

Tiffany Nichole Greene (Houston/Dallas), Kyle Haden (Pittsburgh), 

Mel Hague (Toronto), Ashley Honore Roberson (Chicago)  Katrina D. Richard (Chicago)

Hana Anderson (Chicago), Kayla McCarthy (Minneapolis), 

Chisa Hutchinson (New York), LaKethia Dalcoe (Houston / New York)