Producing and curating this salon/benefit event at Arena Stage was one of the highlights of my career. Every morning, it seems we wake up to news of another innocent black person being killed in the streets with no repercussions for the one who commits this heinous crime. Everyday, in both explicit and subtle ways, we are told that the lives of black men and women don't matter. On this night, at Hold Up The Light, we compelled the audience to hear, shout, and sing BLACK LIVES MATTER for an hour and a half. It was magical. It was cathartic. It was challenging. And it was so necessary. Thank you to all of the amazing DC artists and organizations who participated. Thank you to my friends at Arena Stage who donated their time and space. Thank you to Bebe Winans, Charles Randolph-Wright, Kirsten Wyatt, Steven Jamail and the cast of Born For This who made this thing happen. Thanks to my big sister Saycon Sengbloh for blessing us with your amazing gift. Thank you Erika Totten of Black Lives Matter DC for the amazing speech, and thank you to everyone who connected me to someone, or suggested a piece, or listened to me babble on about this idea for weeks until it happened. I'm so grateful to you all!
Love and Light.