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‘For Colored Girls’ Promotes Women Empowerment

This Thursday-Saturday, November 5-7 at 8 p.m., a group of talented Winthrop students is hosting a production called "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainow Is Enuf” in Plowden Auditorium in Withers Building. Written by Ntozake Shange, the show is a collection of different stories from seven women of color that focuses on the deep connection of one another through emotion. The cast of this performance include Winthrop University theatre majors and minors between the ages of 19-21 years old. 

One of the show’s actresses La’Rae Carmichael said that she can personally relate to the issues in the performance and firmly believes that through this play, women we will be able to connect and see a little of themselves in each character.

“This performance is one of the most respected pieces I have ever done in my acting career and it has given me the opportunity to learn more about myself within the African-American community,” Carmichael said. “It has allowed me to personally connect with the piece, and simply be myself and to not have to fall in the category of ‘what someone is looking for or do I act this or that way.’ It allows me to showcase who I am as an African-American woman, and gives me room to simply be me.”

She also said that she believes that this show allows her to have a voice and to speak for those who are currently dealing with the issues African-American women face on a daily basis.

"We as a group of women and African-Americans are doing this show to make a point, and to prove that shows like this should be respected and done within the department," Carmichael said. 

Although the show is entitled “For Colored Girls,” everyone is welcome and will be able to relate to the show because it not only focuses on women of color, but it focuses on women as a whole. 

Performance dates for this show are November 5-7th in Plowden Auditorium (Wither's Building) and tickets are 1 for $7.00 or 2 for $10.00. All proceeds are going to a charity of each woman's choice.

To purchase a ticket, click here.

Catherine is an ambitious twenty-something woman living in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she attends Winthrop University as a mass communication major. She is the President and Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Winthrop, which she co-founded in November 2014. She has also been a member of the Winthrop chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, and is currently the President of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter at Winthrop. Since being involved with Her Campus, Catherine received an internship at Her Campus Media in Boston, MA. She also currently works as a Chapter Advisor for the company and writes about Grey's Anatomy each week for the site. Because of Her Campus, she has also received writing positions at many publications throughout her 3 years at Winthrop. Outside of her busy lifestyle, Catherine enjoys relaxing with her friends on the weekends and having Sex and the City marathons. She can't live without her dog, family, Cosmopolitan, friends, Starbucks, Instagram, The Bachelor, Grey's Anatomy and of course Chick-fil-A. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @cathclowe!
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