TaneshaNicole – “Calling in Black”

Performing at Park Square Theatre

“When I call into a job, it’s usually because I have a fever, cold, the flu, feel so fatigued it hurts to move. I cannot tell my boss that I am sick of being Black. Can’t tell her I won’t be in today because there’s another Trayvon, Charleston, Ferguson in my newsfeed.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Tanesha Nicole, performing Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul, MN.

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