She Diva Died.
& Come Again?
“She Diva Died. & Come Again” is be/he/me (myth) multi-medi(v)a retro/speculative motherhood art. Got you! Translation: This multi-media performance incorporates text, sound, movement to portray the battle between the artist and the mother, particularly as it pertains to raising a Black man. The show particularly examines identity and motherhood, since that has been a recurring theme in her work for over 25 years.
In another life, He Mama was a fascinating person that everyone called She Diva. He Mama doubts that She Diva ever truly existed. But, raising a Black boy is surreal. She begins to understand that this is an art form unto itself. Everyday, no matter what she does, the world around her sends negative subliminal messages about Black males.
He Mama witnesses as her son spends the majority of his early life dressing as anything but a Black boy. One night, Billy Strayhorn visits her in a dream with a very special message. Inspired by this dream, she begins to trying to unravel the mystery that is this child.
This performance art piece is a love letter to my son and Black boys everywhere. It is my formal declaration to nurture and support and encourage him as a future leader, innovator, creative, healing force in for this world.