Black Women State of the Union Uses Crowdfunding to Empower Women to Self-Identify

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Black Women: State of the Union (BWSOTU), dedicated to educating and increasing awareness of various issues that impact Black women, has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to increase outreach.

Black Women State of the Union...Taking Flight

In order for Black women as a group to explore answers about our self-identity, we have to know what the questions are. -Kila Kitu

Black Women: State of the Union (BWSOTU), dedicated to educating and increasing awareness of various issues that impact Black women, has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to increase outreach and fund its next event.

BWSOTU is a theatrical and community event that represents and celebrates black women as complex and resilient people. Through performance, visual arts, community events, and the media, BWSOTU promotes a greater understanding of Black women’s significant contributions to the world. This year's event, themed "Taking Flight", developed from conversations online and in the real world.

Nataki Garrett, BWSOTU Co-Director and Associate Dean at CalArts, states: "Black Women State of the Union seeks to uncover the present: what is the state of us now. And that can only continue to propel us forward. We have plays that represent who we were, but it also speaks to who we are, where we are, where we're going and who we are becoming".

BWSOTU uses forums such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to discover issues currently at the forefront and now turns to crowdfunding to increase its range. The campaign for The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl not only raised almost twice its original goal, but also increased its publicity and its viewership.

"Our live production is based in Los Angeles, but our online discussions and video blogs reach nation-wide. In order for Black women as a group to explore answers about our self-identity, we have to know what the questions are. We need a wider dialogue. That is what we're hoping to get from crowdfunding", states BWSOTU producer, Kila Kitu.

Black Women: State of the Union's next event takes place in Los Angeles at the Skylight Theater October 26- Nov. 18th. For more information on live show and BWSOTU's continuing dialogue, please visit BWSOTU on Indiegogo or on its main site at http://www.BWSOTU.org.

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