Rose Gold by Zhalarina Sanders

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Presented by Heard 'Em Say Teen Poetry and Heard Em Say Youth Arts Collective at The Inkwell Centre, Tampa FL

Jan 10 2016
Rose Gold by Zhalarina Sanders

Through the mediums of monologue, poetry, and rap, Rose Gold recounts the tragedy of black motherhood and the glory of its
daughters. This one-­person play explores the relations of black women in light of traumas old and new. Bobbie-­Marilyn is a
mother. It is her most painful reality. Consumed with guilt, she is determined to correct a mistake from her past, realizing that there may be greater obstacles in the way of this than her own sister.

Zhalarina H. Sanders is a Tampa, Florida native who is a graduate student of psychology at the University of Wisconsin­Madison. She serves as co-­founder and Executive Director of The JVN Project, a student-­led, student-oriented organization that seeks to use Hip-Hop as a tool of empowerment. Zhalarina conducts research looking at how we use Hip-Hop as a psychosocial intervention for well-­being.

Zhalarina has had the opportunity to travel and be awarded for her work as an emcee, actress, and poet. Appearing on stages such asthe Apollo theatre in Harlem, NY, Broadway in New York, NY, and at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in London, England as part of the 2012 Olympic Games’ Cultural Olympiad.

Her one-person show Rose Gold headlined this year’s Women’s History Month celebration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was selected to be featured in the 2015 Line Breaks Theatre Festival in March, and had its southeast premiere in Atlanta, GA at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam this summer.

Currently, Zhalarina is working toward a tour of Rose Gold that will accompany a workshop series for Black women and girls exploring how to overcome oppressive institutions, confront stigma, and create supportive networks through mentorship and self-­disclosure.


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The Inkwell Centre

2905 N 50th Street, Tampa, FL 33619

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