BRING IT BLACK
Bring it Black is a progressive and revolutionary effort to preserve and showcase black theatre and film productions while being a resource for new age black productions. Bring It Black is a play on the phrase “bring it back.” The preservation of black theatre and film has long been secondary to the preservation of “American” theatre and film. Shakespeare Taverns and culturally non-inclusive platforms typically leave African-American works to reside in underfunded HBCU theatre arts programs and off-Broadway productions. Black Artist tend to have no place to call home or to play in when we are not in major productions. Workshops and classes are also scarce for working adults. We are more. We are powerful. We are classic. Black theatre dates back to the 1700s and beyond. In addition, Bring it Black stands to be a financial and supportive resource for black artist. There are approximately 89 black owned theaters in America. Places like U-Street in DC, formally known as black broadway, have all but dissipated.
We believe BLACK entertainment is just as important and significant to American culture and history as much as any other culture. It should be preserved, openly studied, and celebrated just as much as Shakespeare.
The Mission of Bring It Black is to honor the past and cultivate the future of black performing arts. This means bridging the gap between what was and what is right now. Bring It Black bridges this gap by promoting, preserving, and producing classic and contemporary black theatre and film projects. We aim to be a significant resource for the every day black artist by providing programming, knowledge, and a safe haven to just “be.”
THE 7 GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF BRING IT BLACK
To propagate the legacy of our Black artistic ancestors by revisiting and highlighting their work.
To create sustainable economic empowerment for Black creatives that will interrupt the pattern of economic disparity.
To recognize and celebrate the achievements of Black creatives in theatre and film.
To foster a generational pattern of artistic activism through art driven mentorships for Black youth.
To increase the number of Black owned theater and rehearsal venues.
To commandeer the narrative around the diversity Black experiences through the mediums of theatre and film.
To provide resources, programming, and a platform by which Black creatives can produce their own works.
Cleavon Meabon, IVFounder | Executive Director
Cleavon Meabon, IV is a writer and director with an extensive background in theatre, film, and project management.
Tyson EvansExecutive Administrator
Tyson Evans is a gifted producer with many projects under his mantle. He is also a recording artist.