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My Brother’s a Keeper – NYC Staged Reading for Bisexual Awareness Week

MBaK Sept 26 Reading FlyerNEW YORK CITY USA [September 26, 2015]: The Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality will present a staged reading of the new play My Brother’s a Keeper written by Dr. Herukhuti on Saturday, September 26th, 5:30pmET on the campus of New York University, 244 Greene Street corner of Washington Place, New York, New York 10003. The reading is a finale event for Bisexual Awareness Week 2015 in New York City (for more information on #BiWeek go to www.bisexualweek.com). The reading is free and open to the public. Limited seating is available. Tickets can be obtained at EventBrite Tickets

Set in Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant in the 1990s, the golden age of Hip Hop, My Brother’s a Keeper is a twenty-something, coming of age story in which the characters, Kevin, Basil, Mona, Cecil and Charlene, struggle to develop authentic relationships with each other and come to terms with their sexualities while not grasping at easy answers to their questions about sexual identity, friendship, Blackness and manhood.

Dr. Herukhuti

Throughout the play, Brooklyn in the 1990s emerges as a vibrant and complicated environment. Like many Black people who lived in the community at that time, the characters confront issues such as police brutality, gentrification, HIV and biphobia (i.e., prejudice against bisexuality). “The setting of the narrative helps us examine everything that has happened since that very vibrant social, political and cultural period and the choices we have made. In a moment in which people across the country are using the rallying cry Black lives matter, there is no better time to present this play,” said Dr. Herukhuti. Here him talk more about the issues addressed in the play in this HuffPo Live interview.

The development of My Brother’s a Keeper was Dr. Herukhuti’s fellowship project at the 2015 Emerging Voices LGBT Writers Annual Retreat, organized by Lambda Literary Foundation. Dr. Herukhuti along with twelve other playwrights were the inaugural fellows for the retreat’s first playwriting workshop—an addition to the eight year old program made possible by a generous grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation. Playwright, essayist, poet and anthologist Cherríe Moraga was the inaugural workshop leader.

Dr. Herukhuti is a writer, cultural studies scholar and activist. He is the author of Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality, Volume 1 and co-editor of the award-winning anthology Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men. He is the founder and chief erotics officer (CEO) of Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality (CCSS). As a 2015 Thought Leader for the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians, Dr. Herukhuti also blogs for its organizational website’s Expert Opinion section. CCSS is a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating sexual-spiritual empowerment through cultural events, educational resources and its webjournal, sacredsexualities.org.

Through a highly successful crowdsourcing campaign, Dr. Herukhuti was able to create an amazing cast of performers and artists:

The following organizations are reading cosponsors: BiNet USA, FluidBiDesign, S.I.S.T.A.H., Bi Writers Association, BiRequest, LivingBi, In The Life Archive at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, BiUsTV, NYU LGBTQ Student Center, and Lambda Literary Foundation.

To participate in discussions of the play on social media, use the following hashtags: #MyBrothersAKeeper, #MBaK, and #RecognizeBiMen.

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