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I, Desiree Monae am woman. After spending one year of college in Virginia, I auditioned for The American Musical Dramatic Academy of Arts and was accepted into the studio acting program. During my undergraduate years, I was constantly reminded of my ethnic background to be the basis of my career as an actress. My last semester my entire class was African American with the exception of two Caucasians. I was told this was a strategic plan to give us a taste of what we would experience post graduation in the real world. This left an unsettling feeling in my heart. I thought, “Isn’t acting about portraying the truth in the human experience?”  Why should my entire career be centered around my race?” I took a short hiatus from acting to produce “truthful” work. I missed acting so I decided to audition for The Passage: Stories of the Maafa production. This experience has reminded me to stay true to my art and who I am.  

The Passage: Stories from The Maafa

On August 20, 1619, the first enslaved Africans arrived at the British colony in Jamestown Virginia. Four hundred years later in the year 2019, The Passage: Stories from the Maafa will arrive at the National Black Theatre in Harlem.

Come join us in honoring all enslaved Africans who were stolen from their homes and scattered throughout the "New World." Come hear their stories of strength, courage, determination and of their sacrifices that made it possible for us to be here today.

Come be a part of the “ultimate love story.” Come experience The Passage: Stories from the Maafa. It's a journey like no other.

The Passage: Stories from the Maafa
National Black Theatre
April 19, 20, 26, 27
May 3, 4
7:00 p.m.

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