New on Stage: “Dear Black People”

New on Stage: “Dear Black People”

Writer-Director Chris James brings his provocative, satirical artistry to Atlanta


The Roots Theatre Company and The Chris James Journey presents the hit stage play Dear Black People at the 3D Complex located at 2244 Panola Rd, Lithonia, Georgia on September 30, 2017. Doors for the event open at 6:00pm and show begins at 7:00pm with opening acts traveling from Little Rock, Arkansas; Anthony Thompson(Musician) and Krystal Clark(Dancer) with Atlanta Comedian, Senile, as the host. Tickets cost $15 and are available now at

The One Act play Dear Black People is a satire that discusses black culture in America; identity, racism, relationships, sexuality, music, politics, the typical stereotypes and more. It shows a very
enlightening perspective of the black experience. The play is meant to be a mirror to some and a cultural baptism to others. This performance piece has made audiences laugh and learn all at the same time. This piece is written and performed in poetry verse.

The play is 8 scenes and cast consists of 5 individuals. Some of the most powerful scenes are Turn Up Radio and Attempted Robbery. Turn Up Radio is a scene that explores the lyrics of
today’s music and talks about how we subconsciously dance to and celebrate the perpetuated violence and degrading of women every time we press play. Attempted Robbery is a scene that
shines light on the birth of African Americans’ low self esteem and identity issues. “This scene was a result of me seeing and hearing people dislike their blackness; nappy hair, wide noses, plump lips, dark skin. I watched an episode of Tyra Banks show where a black man talked about how he hated being black. I didn’t realize how real this was until a year ago one of twin daughters, Chastity, said to me, “Daddy I wanna be white like Rhyleigh.” She was referring to my mixed daughter who is obviously lighter skin toned. Instead of getting upset I done more research on why even at an early age African American children deal with identity issues. Each
of the scenes in this play shine light on topics needed to be heard,” said Chris James.

About Chris James

Chris James is an national award winning spoken word poet, TEDx speaker, playwright, educator and self published author. Chris
is the creator of stage plays, Dear Black People and The Odds Against US. In 2016 He was featured on the front cover of
Arkansas Times Newspaper for being one of Arkansas’ top visionaries. Chris is a member of Foreign Tongues poetry slam team whom ranked 2nd place in the world’s second largest poetry competition in 2014. He is the founder of Arkansas’ only poetry
venue and second black owned gallery, The House of Art. As a teacher artist, Chris develops and facilitates art integrated poetry
writing and performance workshops for K-12 across the country. Through his work, he educates on racial barriers and socio-economic challenges and how we can overcome. Learn more at