50in50: Writing Women Into Existence

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou

A fundraising campaign for The Billie Holiday Theatre

In 2017, The Billie launched 50in50: Writing Women Into Existence, a platform for Black women from all walks of life to share their all-too-often unheard stories. The response was immediate: 220 women and girls responded, ages 8 to 83, from around the world to around the corner in Bed Stuy. Since then, more than 1,000 women have submitted their stories, and hundreds have been brought to the stage in world premiere performances.

With your help, The Billie can continue to develop innovative programs that illuminate the Black experience. Thank you for your support!

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About the Organization

The Billie Holiday Theatre

The Obie and AUDELCO Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre is a state-of-the-art creative campus located in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant, home to the largest African American community in the nation and recently named one of the 40 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World by Time Out Magazine. A thriving cultural anchor to the Black community since its inception in 1972, The Billie is one of the last remaining theaters forged in the aesthetic and sociocultural kiln of America’s Civil Rights/Black Arts Movement. Today, The Billie stands as a beacon for world-class art rooted in social justice, and the only multi-platform performing arts center with a presenting, institutional residency, and education program led by, for, accountable to and near people of African descent in New York City. For close to half a century, The Billie has elevated and promoted the critical voices of Black artists, and the stories of the complex journey toward freedom for people of African descent, a journey that is far from over. Indeed, as our community struggles amidst two converging pandemics: COVID-19...

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