Saturday, June 12th, 7pm EST
TMI Project is proud to announce its first-ever production of Black Trans Stories Matter, a live virtual true storytelling performance. The stories that will be featured will be read by the people who lived them, and were crafted in a Black trans-led space.
This performance is accessible to an all-inclusive audience. We invite you all to attend with a willingness for deep introspection, courage to transform, and hope each audience member leaves with emboldened inspiration to take action to end systemic racism and transphobia.
This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $20.
Meet the Storytellers
"I’m honored to share my story and hopefully inspire young women not to give up -- that through adversity and perseverance you can reach your goals, whatever they may be."
"Our stories matter. My story helps me remember my resilience in times I feel weak, alone, and hopeless. I hope it can help others, too."
"We need as much positive trans visibility as possible, from many different perspectives -- politicians, creatives, entrepreneurs, medical workers, etc. I want the audience to know we can do and be anything!"
K.C. Nyabinyere Jallah
Los Angeles, CA
"Too often the narratives of Black Trans people are unheard, disregarded, or only focused on death. I am hoping these narratives extend our collective humanity and empower other Black Trans folx to continue advocating for our existence."
"I want to showcase, share, celebrate, uplift, and highlight the profound and infinite ways BTGNC's voices and stories matter."
"Trauma porn is very effective to get white-centered institutional resources but using the way hegemonic society pathologizes Black Trans people does not affirm my full humanity or integrity as an artist. I am more than a token that audiences can use to get in touch with their own humanity."
"There is tremendous diversity in the lived experience of Black trans men. We can be neurodivierse, ASpec, gay, nerdy -- a million different things. I hope the audience will ponder what makes up a black trans life, and how we find the courage and solidarity to keep on living those lives."
Fort Worth, TX
"I want to tell my story of being a black trans man to inspire young and old FTMs to be confident in who they are and to not let fear of judgment slow their lives down. I want the audience to know that being trans is not a negative -- it’s a normal and positive aspect of life."
"I think it is important for the audience to know the stories of black trans folks are not all the same. We all go through different things to get to where we are."
Mario (Mars) Wolfe
"Stories centering Transgender folx usually dramatize violence, surgery, and sex work. I find those stories difficult to watch because some of those narratives hit too close to home, but also because they contribute to a monolithic depiction. I want to help expand our growing landscape; filling in the non-binary colors of the rainbow."
Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi
Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Black Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author, Educator, Speech Writer, a Helen Hayes Award winning Playwright (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem (Helen Hayes Award 2020), For Black Trans Girls…, Ghost/Writer, The Diaz Family Talent Show, Quest of The Reed Marsh Daughter, The Dance of Memories), Advocate, Dramaturg, a 2x Helen Hayes Award Nominated choreographer (2016, 2018) and co-editor/co-Director of the Black Trans Prayer Book. She is the curator and a co-producer of Long Wharf Theater’s Black Trans Women At The Center: An Evening of Short Plays. Her radio play, Quest of The Reed Marsh Daughter, can be heard on the Girl Tale’s Podcast, and her play The Diaz Family Talent Show can be read on the Play at Home Website. She wrote episode 1 of Untitled Mockumentary Project and acted in the series as well. She was featured as Patra in King Ester and acted as a story consultant for the series. She wrote episode 9 (Refuge) of Round House Theater’s web series Homebound, and was one of the writers for Arena Stage’s short film The 51 st State. www.LadyDaneFE.com