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I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't - and Other Plays

by Sonia Sanchez, edited by Jacqueline Wood - £16.99  Duke University Press (2010)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780822347781 | ISBN 10: 0822347784

Sonia Sanchez is a prolific, award-winning poet and one of the most prominent writers in the Black Arts movement. This collection brings her plays together in one volume for the first time.
 
Like her poetry, Sanchezís plays voice her critique of the racism and sexism that she encountered as a young female writer in the black militant community in the late 1960s and early 1970s, her ongoing concern with the well-being of the black community, and her commitment to social justice.
 
In addition to The Bronx Is Next (1968), Sister Son/ji (1969), Dirty Hearts (1971), Malcolm/Man Donít Live Here No Mo (1972), and Uh, Uh; But How Do It Free Us? (1974), this collection includes the never-before-published dramas Iím Black When Iím Singing, Iím Blue When I Ainít (1982) and 2 X 2 (2009), as well as three essays in which Sanchez reflects on her art and activism.
 
Jacqueline Woodís introduction illuminates Sanchezís stagecraft in relation to her poetry and advocacy for social change, and the feminist dramatic voice in black revolutionary art.

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In booklists: Black & Asian Writers & Literature, Play Texts, Theatre, Film, Politics and Activism,
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