Gabriel San Roman
Black Youth Stories Matter in New Play Opening This Weekend at UC Irvine
Inspired by the "Black Lives Matter" movement, a new play set to debut Thursday at UC Irvine fearlessly tackles racism and gives voice to African-American youth about their experience of being black in America. Directed by Amanda Novoa and produced by Ross Jackson, Our Life: The Black Youth Stories Project is a performance piece meant to get people talking. The motivation to produce the play itself began with a hotly debated killing. When a grand jury failed to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson last November in the fatal on-duty police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, Jackson felt something had to be done.
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