Kelundra Recommends 06.01.20

As a theater critic, the suspension of in-person performing arts experiences has been tough. My inner cultural arbiter needs an outlet to place all of my unsolicited opinions and recommendations. An arts column would be an ideal place for such whims to flutter, but NPR hasn't called yet. So, I've decided to put together my recommendations and commentary about all…

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When I needed you to speak up
"African American children peering into a Whites Only playground in Mobile, Alabama," 1956 by Gordon Parks.

When I needed you to speak up

The last few weeks have been a tumultuous time in America. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is completely unprecedented in our lifetime, we thought racism would take a day off. Unfortunately, it didn't. In addition to exacerbating inequity related to healthcare access, we also learned about too many Stand Your Ground and police killings of unarmed black…

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The Performative Nature of Video Conferencing is Exhausting

I remember the precise moment I decided I no longer wanted to be an actress. My back was on the floor, chin pointed toward the ceiling with my mouth wide open allowing an indescribable moan to exit my mouth. It was a typical Friday morning in my undergraduate voice class where we practiced Alexander Technique, a method that many stage…

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10 ways to go to the theater without leaving your house

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, many people are wondering how they won't go stir crazy with the 14-day self-quarantine and small gatherings recommendations. As someone who goes to the theater at least twice a week, I know that the absence of that communal experience is going to be tough. In an effort to improve the silences and be a…

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Black History Month #28DaysofBlackPlays
"School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play" by Jocelyn Bioh at True Colors Theatre, March 2020. Photo by Tyrrell Harrell.

Black History Month #28DaysofBlackPlays

During the month of February, I am posting a different post about a black playwright on Facebook everyday. I am compiling the posts here so that the links and resources are easily accessible after the month is over. Happy reading! February 3 Okay, so I'm starting my first day of posting a different play by a black playwright for the…

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A lesson for every year of the decade

At the start of this decade I was 19 going on 20. Now, I am a newly minted 30. The sprinting growth and leaps of faith that being 20-something require make life joyful and terrifying. In my 20s, I spent most of my time figuring out my career and building a healthy mental and spiritual foundation. It has been an…

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