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Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
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#Ithappenedtome was inspired by the choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange ("En-toh-zaa-kay Shong-ey"), specifically lady in green. (See excerpt below)
lady in green
somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff
not my poems or a dance i gave up in the street
but somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff
like a kleptomaniac workin hard & forgettin while stealin
this is mine
this aint yr stuff
now why don't you put me back & let me hang out in my own self
somebody almost walked off wit alla my stuff
& didn't care enuf to send a note home sayin
i was late for my solo conversation
or two sizes to small for my own tacky skirts
what can anybody do wit somethin of no value on a open market
did you getta dime for my things
where are you goin wid alla my stuff
this is a woman’s trip & i need my stuff to ohh & ahh abt
daddy I gotta mainline number from my own shit
now wontchu put me back& let me play this duet
wit this silver ring in my nose
honest to god
somebody almost run off wit alla my stuff
& i didnt bring anythin but the kick & sway of it
the perfect ass for my man & none of it is theirs
this is mine
ntozake 'her own things'
that's my name
This video is part of a larger installation included it the exhibition I found God in Myself at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, NY. The exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of for colored girls who committed suicide when the rainbow is enuf. For more information on the exhibit please visit: http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/i-found-god-myself