In the Fall of 2004, I was teaching a course at Rutgers University in Newark called “From Page to Stage” where the idea — as I was teaching the course — was to take original scripts written in class and present them in live performance to learn how the process of active creation worked.
The final project was a series of group presentations where students shared their lives as they were living it — and the alarming result of one racially diverse group was: “Newark in Black and Blue.” That group’s bruising presentation was tough and blunt and dramatic and I decided we had to record that performance in audio so we could preserve the truth of the moment.
Little did I know that what we preserved a decade ago was so much more than just a moment — we recorded a raw pendulum of fiery, Racial, anger that has yet to find its final momentum, or internal, progressive, decay.
Here is the preserved audio performance. I warn you, this recording is blunt and hard and vicious — and words like “High Yellow Bitch” and “Nigger” and “Cracker” and “‘Rican” and “Fuck” and “Uncle Tom” and “Spic” and others, are all a colloquial part of the dialogue — so don’t listen at work, and don’t listen if you can’t take the hard truth in your ear.