Anne-Marie Woods

Why Black Women Whisper
by Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani
February 7th & 8th @ 7:30 PM

Why Black Women Whisper is a metaphor – a phrase that speaks to the pain of what Black women go through when they speak up. The poetic piece, performed entirely in spoken word, is about five Black women from different generations who struggle with life, love and their identity. They meet once a month at the Sojourner Book Club run by Patrice reading the latest assigned book, Micha’s Movements, a slave narrative about a young runaway enslaved woman who was brutally beaten at the hands of her master. Through reading the book and sharing their ideas about the plot and characters their own stories are revealed.

About the Poet
Amani aka Anne-Marie Woods is the 2013 Winner of the BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment, the Bob Marley Day Award and an East Coast Music Award. She is a creative consultant and multi-disciplinary artist known for her spoken word, arts education outreach, producing, directing, comedy and writing! In 2014 and 2015 she was the Creative Director and playwright for the Daniels Corporation Regent Park production The Journey. Her two new youth productions Scotian Journey and The Three Friends were both on stage in 2019. Scotian Journey had a World Premiere at Black Theatre Workshop and The Three Friends was part of the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing ArtsEducation Series. Her play She Said/He Said, described as a Theatrical Rhapsody had a World Premiere at the MAI in Montreal produced by Black Theatre Workshop in 2016 to rave reviews.