Black & Ugly as Ever

Black & Ugly as Ever

A Choreopoem and Performance by Porsha Olayiwola

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Performances at 6:30p and 8:30p, doors open 30 minutes before performances.

General Admission $25 / Center Members $20 / Students $15
Tickets sold at the door will be $30

Lyric Hall Theater
827 Whalley Ave, New Haven


Black & Ugly as Ever is a one-person choreopoem that explores what it means to move through reality as a queer, fat, dark-skinned woman. The production utilizes original song, poetry, and movement to discover love of self in a body that occupies multiple marginalized identities. This hour-long production is split between two halves: one that scrutinizes society’s norms and the other that praise the defiance of rigid normalities. Be prepared to laugh, cry, think critically and be a little uncomfortable in this dangerous love story.



The New Haven Pride Center provides educational, cultural and social enrichment for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members, to make a positive contribution to the entire community of Greater New Haven. This Program is a part of the Center’s Center Cabaret performance series, which is one of our Arts, Culture & Humanities programming.


About the Artist

Porsha Olayiwola (she/her/hers) is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. In 2018, Porsha was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. She is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. She is an MFA Candidate at Emerson College and has a full length collection of poetry forthcoming in 2019 with Button Poetry. As an educator and organizer Porsha seeks to cultivate spaces for emerging artists that allow them to deepen their understanding of craft and community. She has served youth artists in the city of Boston for the last six years and continues to grow spaces for artists and audience of the art. Porsha Olayiwola is the current Poet Laureate for the city of Boston..

Photos by Tatiana Johnson and Lauren Miller.