You thought your ticket to your favorite Broadway show included a Meet and Greet? Well, that’s YOUR bad.
After having my life slain by Beyoncé’s “LEMONADE” last night, I was feeling very “Black Girl Magic” this morning…until I did my routine check of social media and saw Broadway blessing, Cynthia Erivo, defending a decision she made yesterday to choose self-care instead of greeting all of the fans eagerly awaiting her exit at the stage door after a performance of The Color Purple.
@godismysalvation_comfort decided that I had no right to go home after singing 2 shows yesterday. What this person doesn’t realize is that even when I left I still took pictures and signed. I left yesterday with half a voice. My job is to tell you all a story, the extra bonus is that I get to meet everyone after. To leave this on my page after watching me do my work is hurtful. Also my running is the reason I can do this show 8 times a week. I hope your anger is eased somewhat by the knowledge that I pour my whole soul on that stage and leave it there for everyone to have. I’m sorry and sad that on a night when I really needed to go home that might not be enough. God bless C
Really GodIsMySalvation_Comfort (I won’t even get into the hypocrisy there)?! THAT’S how you are coming?! Let me take a minute to say what Cynthia was too classy and respectful to say.
First of all, you humble YOURself.
These people don’t owe you a THING past that last bow on the stage because, contrary to what you THOUGHT, that is ALL the ticket you “paid good money” for covered. DAS IT! Anything more than that is a blessing to YOU! Why on Earth should she be obligated to come out and tell YOU “thank you” when she’s already given you what you paid for?
I have seen with my own eyes the power and the glory of this show. So, aside from the fact that it was a 2-show-day for her and all of the other actors, I know for a FACT you left that theater with far more than you paid for! She gave everything she gave to you in that performance twice in one day. TWICE! So how dare you have the audacity to come to social media and chastise her for what you FELT like you deserved as an AUDIENCE MEMBER.
WHO SAT IN A SEAT.
AND DID NOTHING. FOR TWO HOURS.
WHILST SHE SAVED YOUR SOUL.
We as fans have to learn how to rein in our “love” for these artists and realize they are human – extraordinary humans – but still humans. They get tired. They get sick. They get exhausted. And that $175 you pay for your ticket (you better not be showing out like this behind a rush ticket!) is not worth the risk of them doing permanent damage to their instrument (voice/body). That $175 would not cover their bills or provide for their families if they could no longer perform because they pushed themselves too far one night. There is a better way to express your deep disappointment in not getting to see or meet an artist. Take this young lady for example.
I’m so sorry to miss the show but the only thing I have not coughed up today is my childhood. https://t.co/gwGktth3kB
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) April 23, 2016
She wasn’t rude or disrespectful to Queen Audra and she was rewarded with a rare tweet back! THIS is how an interaction should go!
When news of your fave missing a show because they aren’t feeling well comes out you should be THANKFUL they have the good sense to rest up and take care of themselves! Heaven forbid a day would come that we could no longer hear Audra McDonald sing! No, really. FORBID IT HEAVEN!
To help prevent future misunderstandings, here are a few reminders on “Stage Dooring” for some and an education for others:
1. THE ACTORS DO NOT OWE YOU A STAGE DOOR EXPERIENCE!!! (This is the most important)
2. Be patient, respectful and kind.
3. Bring a permanent marker for autographs. (Google the playbill prior to the show. If it is mostly black, you may want to bring a silver marker)
4. Respect other fans that are waiting. Everyone is just as eager and excited as you are.
5. If your favorite artist does not come out, understand that they probably had a very good reason for not doing so.
So the next time you’re standing out in the cold and the rain waiting to get a glimpse of the person who just snatched your edges and saved your life with their performance, remember to be understanding and appreciative. If they don’t make it out to see you, there should STILL be love and respect.
Get Your War Clothes On: Billy Porter Energizes in GLAAD Acceptance Speech
So, I have a question.
In the same line of thought as “innocent until proven guilty,” do we grant the assumption of positive intent in our expectations of our brothers and sister in regards to woke-ness, à la woke until proven problematic?
Now don’t get me wrong, there was no doubt in my heart that Tony and Grammy Award-winner, Billy Porter, was woke. Nope, none. What I wasn’t ready for, was the way he fixed his fingers to pen one of the greatest acceptance speeches of my lifetime, and how he turned the Gospel classic “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” into a battle song.
The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards honored Billy Porter with the Vito Russo Award, presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.
He started by affirming the room full of members of marginalized communities, with my personal daily mantra: “You are enough. we are enough.”
Since the beginning of time artists are the folks who engage critically and encourage those who think they are powerless to question the status quo.
Brothers and sisters across the room leaned in.
The days of shut up and sing are over.
Alliteration informed and illustrated as Porter preached on remaining “vigilantly visual” as we tell our stories. Acknowledging the reality of our times, he spoke on Number 45:
Where they slipped up this time is in that declaration of war. It’s not only against Black and Brown people and Queer people anymore, it’s against ALL of us. And as a result, the good news is: white folk, and straight folk, and all those fierce women folk, are mad now. And NOW maybe something might get done!
Get. Your. War. Clothes. On.
From slavery to emancipation, to the 13th Amendment, to Jim Crow, to the Civil Rights Movement. From Stonewall to AIDS, to marriage equality— we gotta remember the shoulders who we stand on—the ones who fought and died for those freedoms that we hold so dear. Let’s use these historical strides we’ve made as a nation to empower us as warriors on this battlefield of equality.
Until we can figure out how to love one another unconditionally, no one wins. Freedom. Equality. Justice. Have always come at a cost and evidently the always will.
If that’s not the truth.
Stay strong. Stay vigilante. Stay visible. Stay hopeful. Stay focused. Be brave. Be fierce.
For a full list of this year’s winners, honorees, and guests, visit GLAAD.
Jazmine Sullivan: The Next Singer-Songwriter To Write A Broadway Musical?
We recently caught up with Jazmine Sullivan at The HeLa Project, a multimedia exhibition inspired by the HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Like the rest of us, Jazmine is in awe of the under-told story of Henrietta Lacks and her instrumental role in modern medicine. We further asked about why she got involved with the project and she said: “Anyway I can give light to an extraordinary woman like that, I’m there.”
Some of the integral women in bringing this story to light have their roots in Broadway: Tony Award-winning producer Oprah Winfrey, who not only stars in the film, but also credited as executive producer, and Tony Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, who portrays the title character.
We wouldn’t be Broadway Black if we didn’t keep it real.
Let’s be honest, we can’t get enough of 11-year-old Jazmine singing “Home” like she wrote the piece, so we got to asking, and it turns out Jazmine wouldn’t mind putting her pen to paper to create a musical for the Broadway stage.
She said performing on Broadway isn’t in the plans for the near future but, “You never know! I love writing and creating characters!”
God!? Oprah!?!? Stephen Byrd & Alia Jones-Harvey?!?! Who’s going to snatch this up?
Until then, it sounds like we have some new music to expect. What kind of musical would you like to see from Ms. Sullivan? Sound off below in the comments!
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