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The time they started singing in the produce section...

THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN

We were sitting in a Lululemon goal setting session at Whole Foods about to envision our lives--our lives ten years from now. It's hard and scary and audacious, but we were doing it. Writing and dreaming and starting to plan it all out when we noticed a low voice, a muffled pop sound, a growing crescendo and the sounds of feet slapping and bodies twirling. It was like a play had just burst out in the middle of Whole Foods, which is completely ridiculous. We tried to focus on the task at hand, but who can dream about a future without embracing the present?

We all ran to the railing and looked down below to the produce section of Whole Foods Market on P Street. A group of young dancers and singers were dancing amongst the organic carrots and pre-washed kale. We pushed our way to the front, to see the commotion, to experience the thrill of live entertainment. It was like a flash mob, but with really talented people that had clearly rehearsed together and were poised for the stage. When it was over we walked back to our tables, to our blank white pages, to our boring pens and water bottles, and rethought out the next decade of our lives, with passion, spunk and the creativity that we almost forgot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URwIRxb-7Rs&feature=youtu.be

And that's how we heard about the upcoming production of Howard University's The Bubble Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (by Kirsten Childs). Whoever the main character is, that girl can sing. They can all sing, and dance, and be generally fabulous. And I know that from their 5 minutes of guerrilla marketing at the grocery store.

March 5 - 8, 2014 at 7:30pm Howard University, Ira Aldridge Theater 2455 6th Street, NW (located next door to Cramton Auditorium on Howard University’s campus) $17.00 General Admission; $10.00 Faculty/Staff/Senior Citizens/Alumni; $7.00 Students (with valid ID)