THIS IS MY BLACK
In This Is My Black, students at Berks County’s Pine Forge Academy display that Black youth with agency can persist even in a world trying to stifle them. Opening with a glorious and rhythm-filled musical number, the students spotlight their gifts as well as their awareness of the precarity of Black life. Further expressed in choir rehearsal, where personal struggles yield results, a vulnerable moment allows the students to reveal the hardship of navigating a world where Black death consumes the media. The violence of police brutality reaches close to home for these students, who also have to grapple with the difficulties of being teenagers. However, even when faced with the realities of anti-Blackness, these teenagers move through each scene with earnest dialogue and lean heavily into their faith as they continue to use music as a path to express their fears and hopes for the future.
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