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Bring the Revolution to your City

WE SPEAK FOR THE UNHEARD VOICES


“An Artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” 

-Nina Simone-


WHAT WE DO

We are an artistic movement that spans across countries and continents, in which Black narratives are told by and in complete control by Black Artists with the mission in mind to empower all audiences.

Our mission is to empower artists of color and the communities they are a part of. 
We empower black artists to be activist and to transform their neighborhoods through their art. 
We aim to create lasting changes in how artists view how their voice serves to better their lives, their communities, and ultimately the world that surrounds them.       

It's an opportunity for us to see and hear ourselves in our own words and cadences, with the brush of our own pen. It's an opportunity for us to love on ourselves, and the various villages from which we descend. It is an explosion of Black writers to continue to be the foremost scribes of their own experiences. 

This is Black Lives, Black Words. 


Dominique Morisseau

Award-Winning Playwright & Artistic Associate at Black Lives, Black Words International Project

Amidst the grieve, despair, and ongoing trauma in our communities, we are blessed to have artists who are able to speak on our behalf provide comfort to communities through art. During these challenging times, we recognize the power and importance of our BLBW artists to articulate our pain, frustration, anguish, and even, our need for escapism and laughter to get through the emotional heaviness and heartbreak of our circumstances. At BLBW, we recognize our role as a catalyst for changeas we continue to provide a platform for our artists to speak when we simply do not have the words, to lean on when we are weary, and to call for action at times of distress.

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway
Black Lives Black Words International Project Co-Founder and Executive Producer.


BLACK LIVES, BLACK WORDS INTERNATIONAL PROJECT 

BRINGING HEALING, SUPPORT AND INSPIRATION TO ARTISTS OF COLOR IN AMERICA AND THE WORLD 

OUR WORK 

Black Lives, Black Words SHOWCASE 

DO BLACK LIVES MATTER? Join over 400 BLBW international artists of color that have taken part in our ground-breaking BLBW Showcases. From aspiring to veteran playwrights these unique showcases explore the black diaspora experiences and empowers Black artists to have control of their own narratives. 


Playwriting as Activism
WORKSHOP

Designed and facilitated by the Co-Founder of BLBW and award-winning playwright, Reginald Edmund, this exclusive workshop provides an historical insight into the rich legacy of art as activism as well as provides a fun, practical and interactive workshop to raise the level of social consciousness in new play development and plays. 

College Takeovers
EDUCATION

Gain the opportunity to work with our Co-Founders and Artistic Associates through our College Takeovers to provide your students to learn, write and produce a showcase at their colleges. This empowering educational initiative provides a hands-on opportunity for students to become global citizens, leaders and socially conscious activists.