HEY FAM! IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH!
Please join me for a special donation-based class benefiting an organization very close to my heart: Broadway For Racial Justice on Saturday, February 19th at 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST on Barry’s X. I have been a part of the executive board of BFRJ since it’s inception in June of 2020 and am thrilled to be able to combine my two worlds.
If you know me, you know I have always had a passion for theater and the arts. When I was younger I had aspirations of being on Broadway (and I did it woo!), but through my theatrical education, I found there weren’t many shows with black and brown actors as leads. As the industry slowly evolved, things changed and I saw more performers on stage that looked like me. That gave me hope. Although representation has changed since I first showed interest in the medium, instances of racial trauma still persist in the environment which is why BFRJ exists.
Brandon Michael Nase started BFRJ in response to Broadway’s slow response to the Black Lives Matter movement. We came together to open a dialogue on how we can serve the community and demand safe spaces for BIPOC in the theatrical space through transformative justice.
Since our inception, we have established a hotline to report instances of racial trauma, a BFRJ fund to service BIPOC in need of financial support, a conference for students and educators to learn ways to raise their voice and advocate for one another, and ALLIED service to partner with theatrical institutions who value improving their protocols for a safer, inclusive, equitable and diverse workplace. We have a team of ambassadors and advisors who share our same values, but since Broadway has reopened we have seen a steady decline in support.
Thank you for spreading the word and contributing to our black lead organization! We need you now more than ever.