Sunday, December 5, 2010

The First FUBU Brutha

W.E.B. DuBois, proposed that to achieve Black Theater art must be:

1. About us. That is, they must have plots which reveal Negro life as it is.

2. By us. That is, they must be written by Negro authors who understand from birth and continuing association, just what it means to be a Negro today.

3. For us. That is, the theater must cater primarily to Negro audiences and be supported and sustained by their entertainment and approval.

4. Near us. The theater must be in a neighborhood near the mass of ordinary Negro people.

W.E.B. Du Bois, “Krigwa Players Little Negro Theatre,” in The Crisis, v. 32, July 1926, pp. 134-136

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