Donney Rose: The Freedom Myth of “Getting the Bag”

Donney Rose
Feb 29, 2020 - 8:00

Yesterday I was afforded the tremendous privilege of performing the debut of my multimedia spoken word poetry performance,The American Audit,” to a sold-out audience in my hometown of Baton Rouge. “The American Audit” is an extended metaphor of America as a business being audited by Black Americans 400+ years after the first documented arrival of enslaved Africans to Jamestown, Virginia. I call into account the material, psychological, physical, social and emotional toll placed on Black Americans throughout our timeline in this country. 

I decided to fashion it as an audit simply because...

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