The greatest gift I was given in all of this was learning to stand in my light. That’s what confidence really is. Nefertiti is truly reborn.
Afua argues that we as a society have not yet come to terms with the importance of new identities and have not developed the language or cultural ability to embrace them.
Afua Hirsch is the Social Affairs and Education Editor for Sky News. Before joining the broadcaster earlier this year, she worked for the Guardian Newspaper as it’s first West Africa correspondent.
Although Nollywood has established itself as an industry to be reckoned with in Africa, many African parents are still unlikely to be thrilled with a child actively choosing acting as a desired profession. MaameYaa Baofo, a New-York based Ghanaian actress, is also gifted orator. MaameYaa Boafo was born in Pakistan and hails from Ghana, West Africa and currently lives in New York. Coming to the United States to obtain a double Bachelor degree in Journalism and French at Hood College, Ms. Boafo was then awarded the Levin Scholarship from Rutgers University where she received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has since gone on to play roles such as Ophelia in Hamlet, the Courtesan in Comedy of Errors and made her off-Broadway debut as Walter Mosley’s leading lady in his play LIFT.
In this talk, she uses her experience of pursuing acting despite discouragement from others to discuss the importance of being your authentic self without apology.
Being a feminist is like being pregnant. You either are or you are not. You either believe in the full equality of women, or you do not.
Published on Mar 2, 2015
April Yvette Thompson performs a piece from her play “Liberty City” and then considers how she came to define herself not by where she began, but by who she has become, a writer.
April Yvette Thompson is a Tony-winning producer, writer & actor working across media. April just wrapped filming of the new 20th Century Fox pilot Babylon Fields, and has also starred in many Broadway productions including Clybourne Park, and Vassar Voices. Her off-broadway credits include The Exonerated, Medea, King Lear, and Macbeth. April’s Film/TV credits include The Exonerated, Accidental Husband, Blue Caprice, Backwards, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, Third Watch et al. As SimonSays Entertainment Director of Development, April produced the award-winning Sundance features: Blue Caprice, Mother of George, Night Catches Us & Gun Hill Road. April was on the Tony-winning producing team of the longest-running Broadway production of Porgy & Bess. April is developing her second play in The Miami Trilogy, Good Bread Alley, with support from NYSF, NYTW, Arsht. Her first play, Liberty City was an Off Broadway hit nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lortel & AUDELCO awards.