International Women’s Day || What You Can Do

Today, Wednesday 8th March, is International Women’s Day. Today is a day for action, for awareness, for advocacy; a day for celebrating the achievements of women throughout history and for taking a step back to examine how much further we still have to go. Today is about what you can do to further the journey towards equality for women – all women. Here are a few ways that you can participate.

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Straight White Men || A Review

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Young Jean Lee has brought to Washington, D.C. audiences a deeply perceptive, provocative play about race and identity during a time when this particular demographic— straight, white, male—  is undergoing an essential investigation.  Straight White Men is no base attack on whiteness and masculinity, nor a send-up of xenophobic caricature or supremacist stereotype, but instead a nuanced examination of the “well-meaning white man.” Presented by the Studio Theatre and directed by Shana Cooper, Lee offers a thorough exploration of privilege, ambition, and the lasting effects of white guilt.

Emerging from New York’s avant-garde, Young Jean Lee is no upstart playwright, boasting 12 produced works under her belt and touted by The New York Times as “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation.” A veritable force in the contemporary theater world, Lee is known for her daring voice and experimental style, notably so in her 2011 production of Untitled Feminist Show. Straight White Men breaks her practice of non-traditional storytelling to present a linear, naturalistic performance that seduces traditional theatre-going audiences [white, wealthy] into confronting often unspoken anxieties about race [their whiteness].

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Boshemia Gives Thanks

It’s that time of year again.

Awkward family gatherings, a shit ton of turkey and pumpkin, and a general guilt amongst the white American population about the origins of the holiday.

Thanksgiving, no matter its origins, history or current associations, is a wonderful moment in the calendar year; a rare moment of widespread calm and togetherness. It is a time when Americans finally stop and take a moment to reflect on the things that they are truly thankful for.

With 1/3 of Boshemia being American,  it seemed only fitting to stop and reflect ourselves on what Boshemia is thankful for.

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Women to Watch: Tiffany Renee Thompson on Performance Activism in Black Lives Matter

E recently had the chance to catch-up with Tiffany Renee Thompson, NYC-based blactress and an emerging activist of the Black Lives Matter movement. Tiffany uses performance as her tool for social activism in New York City. She recently organized an off-Broadway fundraiser performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side.

 

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