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The Talk: Crucial Conversations for Contemporary Kids of Color in the New South

The Talk: Crucial Conversations for Contemporary Kids of Color in the New South <p>Abstract:</p><p>In this piece, author Sonny Kelly introduces excerpts from a dialogic performance piece. Kelly developed this performance as a means of intellectually, artistically, and spiritually digesting the fear and angst that overwhelmed him as a parent of a black boy living in the wake of multiple reports of black boys and young black men being killed by civic authorities across the United States. This one-person performance was designed to incite critical conversations around race and equity in the American South and America at large. In <i>The Talk</i>, Kelly embodies twenty characters as he ushers audiences into a space to have the difficult, but crucial, critical conversations necessary to pursue equity and inclusion for black youth in the U.S. This theatrical experience weaves together auto-ethnography, oral history, interactive theater, prose, poetry, and a multimedia production to voice one father’s anguished attempt at explaining a racialized America to a seven-year-old child.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

The Talk: Crucial Conversations for Contemporary Kids of Color in the New South

Southern Cultures , Volume 25 (3) – Sep 18, 2019

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>In this piece, author Sonny Kelly introduces excerpts from a dialogic performance piece. Kelly developed this performance as a means of intellectually, artistically, and spiritually digesting the fear and angst that overwhelmed him as a parent of a black boy living in the wake of multiple reports of black boys and young black men being killed by civic authorities across the United States. This one-person performance was designed to incite critical conversations around race and equity in the American South and America at large. In <i>The Talk</i>, Kelly embodies twenty characters as he ushers audiences into a space to have the difficult, but crucial, critical conversations necessary to pursue equity and inclusion for black youth in the U.S. This theatrical experience weaves together auto-ethnography, oral history, interactive theater, prose, poetry, and a multimedia production to voice one father’s anguished attempt at explaining a racialized America to a seven-year-old child.</p>

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Sep 18, 2019

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