By Ayana Archie

The Black Monologues reigned in their seventh year on campus on Friday. Several performers, the majority women, with the exception of one, embraced the stage with a range of topics concerning the black community.

Taking place in Stamp’s Hoff Theater at 8 p.m., the show opened with freshman communications major Kayla Dubose’s “What is a N*gga?,” an exploration of the different uses and variations of the n-word, as well as the stereotypes surrounding the term.

As the event continued, performers recited their poems with passion and conviction, discussing police brutality, last year’s presidential election, environmental racism, code switching, a mother’s sacrifice for her children, the Tuskegee Airmen (also known as the Red Tails) and the symbolism of braids, among many other things.

Featured Photo Credit: Breonna Massey explains what systematic oppression is during the Q&A portion of Black Monologues in the Hoff Theatre. Massey is a junior government and politics major with a minor in law and society and was one of three hosts of the event. (Cassie Osvatics/Bloc Reporter)

Ayana Archie is a freshman journalism major and can be reached at

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