WUNC’s “The State of Things” Interviews ILMH Director & Cast Members!


Host Frank Stasio, Aurelia Belfield, Yolanda W. Rabun, Chaunesti Webb and Hazel Edmond after our interview on WUNC’s The State of Things

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via WUNC:

Many of us know what it’s like to have a bad hair day, but the concept of “good hair” is something that has particular meaning for African-Americans. Good hair is used to express ideas about class, sexuality and education levels in the black community. This intrigued playwright Chaunesti Webb. Her new stage production is called “I Love My Hair When it Looks Good: & Then Again When it Looks Defiant and Impressive.” It’s an exploration of the relationship black women have with their hair and how locks play a role in developing personal identity. Webb and actors Yolanda Rabun, Hazel Edmond and Aurelia Belfield join host Frank Stasio to discuss the challenges of coming to terms with your crowning glory. [DOWNLOAD AUDIO]

I LOVE MY HAIR in “The Durham News”

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“Left of Black” interviews director Chaunesti Webb

Left of Black” Host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in-studio by actress and playwright Chaunesti Webb, creator and director of the new play I Love My Hair When It’s Good: & Then Again When It Looks Defiant and Impressive.  Neal and Webb discuss the relationship that Black women have with their hair and the broader cultural meanings associated with Black women’s hair.  Webb also talks about her play, which opens at the Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, North Carolina on March 8th.

Featured Exhibit: “The Beautiful. Project”

Enjoy a special photography exhibit during the run of I LOVE MY HAIR presented by The Beautiful. Project (TBP), a 16-week program designed to creatively explore and affirm the dynamic beauty of Black girls and undergraduate women.  TBP uses photography and reflective workshops to give girls an opportunity to confront positive and negative portrayals of black girls and women in the media and in their communities.  TBP is committed to pouring into undergraduate women as they pour into the lives of young girls–working as a team to help families build a platform of positive self-images for their children.  Learn more by visiting: www.thebeautifulproject.org

GOOD HAIR: Film Showing & Panel Discussion [3/13]

Tuesday, March 13, 2012:

Chris Rock’s GOOD HAIR

6:30-9 p.m.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

2001 Campus Drive, Durham, 27705

FREE

Opening Night Reception: Friday, 3/9 + Post-Show Discussion: Sunday, 3/11

Mark your calendars for our Opening Night Reception in the lobby of the ManBites Dog Theater following the performance on Friday, March 9.
Then, Sunday, March 11 join us for a Post-Show Discussion with the director, cast and designers following the performance.

Support I LOVE MY HAIR with the IndieGOGO fan-funded campaign [UPDATED!]

WE DID IT! A HUGE “THANK YOU” TO ALL WHO HELPED EXCEED OUR FUNDING GOAL!!!!

The I LOVE MY HAIR IndieGOGO Funding campaign

We’ve got just 30 days to raise $5,000, and I know that with your support, we can do it.

Since I LOVE MY HAIR started as a community engagement project while I was in graduate school in Colorado, I thought there was no better way to get the job done, than to call on some of my favorite people to give us that last little push to complete the show by our March 8, 2012 premiere at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC.

How you can help:

  • Give your best gift to our campaign
  • Tell all the people you can about the project
  • Tell us why you love your hair!
  • Wish us well… send all good vibes this-a-way
  • Come to the show! Tickets go on sale February 6.

I’m incredibly excited about how things are coming together, and the COLLABORATORS I’m working with… yes, I’ve got some heavy-hitters on board, helping me to get this baby on its feet … check out the rest of our for the nitty gritty.

When it’s all said and done, know that you have played an essential role in helping me to realize my dream. Thank you in advance for your continued support, generosity and well-wishes.

Together we can make this happen!

All the best,

Chaunesti

Visit our page on IndieGOGO for all the details and see the many ways you can contribute!

Thanks in advance for your support!

Announcing I LOVE MY HAIR – THE PLAY!

Forty/AM presents

I LOVE MY HAIR WHEN IT’S GOOD:
& THEN AGAIN WHEN IT’S
DEFIANT AND IMPRESSIVE

Created and directed by
Chaunesti Webb

March 8-17, 2012

Manbites Dog Theater

I LOVE MY HAIR is an original play exploring the complex relationship African American women have with their hair and how that relationship has shaped their identities.  Sassy, lyrical and nostalgic, this interdisciplinary piece integrates interview text, original music, movement and video, to explore family, community, race, class, politics and sexuality.