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Michelle Flowers Taylor
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Michelle Flowers Taylor is a co-founding member of Black Women: State of the Union (BWSOTU), which is a California-based performing arts organization that represents and celebrates Black women as complex and resilient people. Through live theater and community events, BWSOTU demonstrates its dedication to encouraging and inspiring Black women and girls.

In addition to holding her art activism role with BWSOTU, Michelle is a doctoral candidate at Loyola Marymount University. She is currently conducting a narrative analysis of the language, literacy, and identity development practices of academically high-achieving African American women who are attending colleges and universities in the United States.

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Making and Celebrating Change: Penelope Lowder Reflects on Black Women in Primetime

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 9:53 AM

From Julia and Get Christie Love! to HawthoRNe, Scandal and Deception, the image of black women on primetime television has expanded in fits and starts. Call it a shift in U.S. racial identities and gender roles or simply a change in mainstream tastes that include a desire to see more...

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Balancing Act: Lisa B. Thompson Explores Motherhood, Loss and More

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 1:38 PM


Some people have more hours in the day. That is the conclusion that one might draw when considering all the tasks that playwright, scholar and mom Lisa B. Thompson juggles on any given day. It has to be true that while the rest...

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Sigrid Gilmer: A Playwright Rising

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 3:57 PM

It's 9 a.m. and L.A.-based playwright Sigrid Gilmer sits at her PC with a cup of coffee and dry erase board, poised and ready to write. At the top of the board, she writes, "Menu." Imagining the incoming customers to her shop, she writes a list of possible offerings that...

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Black Women Taking Flight in U.S. Theater

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:15 PM

"We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained," stated the beloved poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni. This is the spirit that is coming alive in the theater community in the United States among Black women playwrights. Reflecting changes in...

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