6100 S. Blackstone Ave 60637-2912
Chicago, IL
From The Color Purple to Precious to The Help, what’s missing in representations of Black women in popular culture today? In Ladies Ring Shout–a performance using a combination of spoken word, movement and original soundtrack–Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson and Meida McNeal explore portrayals of women of color in popular culture and offer their own poignant and personal stories of resistance in this three-woman show. “There’s potency within this range,” says TimeOut Magazine. “It’s as if the trio’s work is fundamentally a tug-of-war between emotional and intellectual investigation.” Join us for this special multi-media performance and conversation.***Sponsored by The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, this event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Reserve your spot here— http://go.prairie.org/page.aspx?pid=406For more information, call 312.422.5580. If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit ChicagoParkingMap.com.***
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Felicia Holman is, by trade, a Certified Personal Trainer with both the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.Yet her lifelong passion for performance & expression motivated her co-founding The Ladies Ring Shout. Over the years, Felicia has co-devised evocative performances that confront/explore such notions as sexuality, home, race, history, and memory.

Meida Teresa McNeal is an Independent Artist and Scholar, Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, Dance Researcher for the Chicago Artists Resource Web Project and an educator at Columbia College, Governors State University and in Chicago Public Schools. In addition to developing a number of performance projects, Meida is currently completing her first book-length manuscript “Compromised Subjectivities: Constructing Trinidadian Nationhood and Navigating Postcolonial Caribbean Performance” based on over ten years of ethnographic research in Trinidad.

Abra M. Johnson teaches sociology with the City Colleges of Chicago and its Bridge Program with DePaul University. Having scholarly interests in representations of race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in popular music, she recently travelled to Savannah, Georgia to study Gullah and Ogeechee African-American subcultures as a National Endowment for the Humanities Community College Faculty Fellow.