The DC Black Theater & Arts Festival proudly presents the long awaited Rashida Strober’s – A Dark Skin Woman’s Revenge. As Djoma Legend, Rashida brilliantly brings to life what it’s really like to be dark skinned. For Djoma, It’s always been hell being dark skinned. Rashida knows a lot about what its really like to be dark skinned and has used her life and career to bring attention to the issue of dark skinned discrimination.
Rashida has created a body of work around only dark skin like no other and has been doing it since 1998. In fact, she is the first to do this. In doing so, she has become the face of dark skin. She is the world’s first dark skin activist and the inventor of dark skin activism, two phrases that she coined. She also coined the word “darkism” and wrote a book of the same title to denote her experiences as a dark skinned female.
The unique phrases “dark skin activist” and “dark skin activism” seemed strange to many who asked, “what is a dark skinned activist?” Rashida created this new paradigm back in 1998 out of her own dark skin experiences. Rashida wanted nothing more than to perform. However, early in life she faced poverty, abuse and many bouts of homelessness. But the most painful thing was growing up being told that she was too black and ugly to be an actress. Believing in her talents she kept persisting and eventually obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida and went on to take her pain and incorporate it into activism which includes a mixture of the performing arts, oratory and writing books on dark skin to help others.
In 1998, Rashida gave her first speech on dark skin about the dark skinned Sudanese model Alek Wek at Saint Petersburg College in Saint Petersburg, Florida. This was before social media, a time when everyone ignored the plight of dark skinned women. This was when people were afraid to talk about the issue of dark skin women and beauty. This was before YouTube. This was before Facebook and other social media platforms. She later wrote the play, A Dark Skin Woman’s Revenge, which is the sequel to A Dark Skin Girl’s Triumph: The Rashida Strober Story. In 2012 Rashida created the first internet radio show to deal with dark skin issues from around the world. Her pioneering show was called A Dark Skin Woman’s Revenge and was aired on Get Live Radio in Clearwater, Florida.
Rashida Strober has written the most books of anyone on the topic of dark skin. Rashida has four books and two plays under her belt and is currently writing a 5th book. Her books include: Darkism: 25 ways dark skin people are discriminated against, A Dark Skin Woman’s Revenge, How to be the hottest dark skin chick on the planet and A dark skin girl’s triumph: The Rashida Strober Story. She has written three plays including, A Dark Skin Woman’s Revenge which also includes a book version.
Not only did she write and produce the play, she also brilliantly plays all five women in the play. She did not want to play all of the characters. She wrote the play in 2006 with the goal of casting other women in the roles. However, due to a lack of funds and others who tried to deter her from tackling such a taboo topic she was not successful at getting others to play the characters. However, with a strong belief in her work she decided to play all of the characters herself.
Rashida’s tenacity paid off when in 2012, she won an award for her portrayal of one of the women in the play. She won actress of the year at the 2012 Playwright’s Red Carpet Awards for her powerful portrayal of Georgana Nelson. She has produced the play throughout the US including the Atlanta Black Theater Festival and the University of South Florida to name a few. Her fans will tell you that they have never before seen anyone advocate with such, passion and sincerity as Rashida does for dark skin. For years she has helped many people around the world with her work. From France to Africa to New York, she receives messages from people who seek her advice. She says the most rewarding part is helping those who confide in her. A fan contacted her recently to tell her that he works in Corporate America and takes her book Darkism with him to work daily as a source of inspiration.
Experience Rashida’s passionate performance of the one-woman play A Dark Skin Woman’s Revenge at the Washington DC Black Theater & Arts Festival on Saturday July 1, 2017 at The Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope RD SE Washington, DC 20020.7 PM Tickets can be purchased at http://www.dcblacktheatrefestival.com/a-dark-skin-womans-re….