“Twin Cities Black Pride exists to create space for the Black LGBT community, because currently there is none. The production of Fierce Love was a way in which we could, for a limited time, bring the LGBT community to a space free of alcohol in order to meet each other and learn along the way,” TCBP committee member and Fierce Love cast member Jason Jackson shared.
The play was a reprisal of a production of the same name written by Brian Freeman, Djola Branner and Eric Gupton— a trio that nicknamed themselves the Pomo Afro Homos, a shortened version of Post Modern African American Homosexuals. Through the use of 12 stand-alone vignettes, Fierce Love illustrated the diverse world within the African American LGBT community by serving as a platform to dispel any negative stereotypes attached to gay men. The play aims to educate and create opportunity for individuals to develop a new understanding of the often misunderstood group.
“The audience got a chance to hear stories and ideas about Black gay men that the media never shows. The play humanizes our species, allows the audience to rethink the ways we are generally framed as divas or men on the down low,” said Jackson.
After wowing audiences and selling out two shows last year, the production is back by popular demand, with the same mission, only gracing a new stage, and hoping to find new fans. Fierce Love is making its Black History Month debut at the University of Minnesota on February 26, 2011, with the aid of a campus discussion group, Tongues Untied: LGBTQ People of Color, which was co-founded by Jackson.
“ ‘Fierce Love’ is for anybody, literally. Though the play depicts the lives of gay Black men, I assure you that women and all people of color will see their own struggles for social equality and the right to be heard in communities that often ignore them. Be it that you are not Black, gay or male, the play will be enlightening, intense and bring you one step closer to being a true ally in the fight for social equality,” Jackson said.
“Fierce Love: Stories of Gay Black Life” is being sponsored by Coca Cola, the Black Student Union, QSCC, and the GLBTA PO. The play will show Saturday, Feb 27, 7pm at the University of Minnesota’s Stoll Thrust Theater at Rarig Center; 220 21st Avenue, Minneapolis. For more information: (612) 625-4001.