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Black Beauty Festival Announced In Conjunction With Pipeline At Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens Theater in partnership with The Black Women's Expo and Black Owned Chicago present the Black Beauty Festival February 9 from 2:00pm 10:00pm and February 10 from 1:00pm 6:00pm. Featuring a showcase of Black owned businesses specializing in beauty and wellness products, incredible performances, and post-show conversations, Black Beauty Festival is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Premiere of Pipeline, written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tickets to the Black Beauty Festival are FREE, RSVP preferred but not required.

For two days, Victory Gardens is transformed into a shopping destination for the finest products from the best Black owned and operated beauty companies in Chicago. Vendors currently scheduled to be featured are Beauty And Excellence, Chi Town Naturals, Diamond Doll Collection, Dr. Herbal's Organic and Vegan Hair Care, Dressed2TheTee Apparel and Accessories, Dzigns by Deb, Eden BodyWorks, Entwine Couture Beauty, Joys Treasures Jewelry, Luv That Scrub, MoBi Beauty, Suuri Design, Sweet Beginnings and more! Event sponsors include Chicago French Press, Pearl's Place, Sip and Share Winery and Tonya's Slice of Heaven.

New to 2019 is The Black Monologues. Presented in partnership with Black Owned Chicago and now in its second year The Black Monologues will be directed by Emmy-Award winning actress Deanna Reed-Foster and is a celebration of African American story featuring monologues by a variety of Black playwrights. Through monologues, music and spoken word, The Black Monologues will take the audience on an emotional ride that highlights the struggle, hope and joy of the Black experience. The Black Monologues is made possible by the support of The David Rockefeller Fund.

More information and the link to RSVP can be found at - https://victorygardens.org/event/black-beauty-festival-2019/

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities her students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and poetry, Dominique Morisseau's (Skeleton Crew, Detroit '67, and the Broadway-bound Ain't Too Proud) Pipeline brings to light a powerful and important conversation about parenthood, the state of our public school system, and the prison pipeline that claims so many of our youth.

The cast of Pipeline includes Tyla Abercrumbie (Nya), Ronald L. Conner (Dun), Matthew Elam (Omari), Aurora Real de Asua (Jasmine), Mark Spates Smith (Xavier), and Janet Ulrich Brooks (Laurie).

For more information about Victory Gardens, visit www.victorygardens.org. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/victorygardens, Twitter @VictoryGardens and Instagram at instagram.com/victorygardenstheater/.



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