Dancer and actor Khalil Munir delivers a moving performance during Philly ReACTS. Photo by Michael Perez, courtesy of First Person Arts.
As part of its Philly ReACTS programming, First Person Arts presents Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of The Roots, DJ Rich Medina, Boxer Bernard Hopkins, and everyday males of color performing personal stories that celebrate the lives and experiences of black males in this live storytelling event. Featuring Michael Green, Professor Gregory King, Christian Axavier Lovehall, and Russell Walker, and directed by Ozzie Jones, thematic content will include public perceptions and clothing choices, loved ones lost to gun violence, and the transgender black male experience.
A pre-event reception invites the general public to meet with Engaging Males of Color creator, Commissioner Dr. Arthur C. Evans. A post-show talkback will allow audiences to talk about ways the city of Philadelphia can help promote health and wellness in the African American community.
Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philly ReACTS is a series of multidisciplinary public performances that take place in response to current, sometimes divisive events. Compared to programs such as the First Person Arts Festival, now in its 11th year, and bimonthly story slam competitions, Philly ReACTS moves First Person Arts beyond its usual focus on the ordinary events of daily life, focusing instead on extraordinary events that have the power to affect us all.