The Talk

Crucial Conversations for Contemporary Kids of Color in the New South

Illustration by Bill Thelen.

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The Talk

Crucial Conversations for Contemporary Kids of Color in the New South

by Sonny Kelly
Southern Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 3: Left/Right

"How do you explain to a seven-year-old his all-encompassing blackness?"

The Talk is a one-person performance that draws on the voices of ancestors, elders, youths, and intellectuals to engage in the difficult conversations that we must have with our children as we prepare them to survive and thrive in a divided America. In this original, seventy-five-minute performance, I evoke over twenty characters who draw audiences into deep reflection about racial division, marginalization, and violence in America. This experience weaves together interactive theater, autoethnography, oral history, literature, a dynamic embodied performance, and a multimedia production to engage audiences in critical conversations around reconciliation, racial equity, and identity.

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