The Black Girl Speaks (BGS) Movement is under the parent company of BGS Productions, Inc. and was founded in 2005 to empower Black Girls and women to use their varied voices to SPEAK their own healing. It began as a one-woman show and has since expanded to include enrichment workshops for adults & adolescents, full-casted theatrical productions, cultural diversity & sensitivity trainings, racial reconciliation workshops, and a membership-based virtual support group specifically for Black Girls and women globally. Along with allies, supporters, and partners, BGS offers community-oriented programs and initiatives to fulfill its mission to heal ourselves and our community through the arts, education, a focus on total wellness, and financial empowerment. To learn more about our initiatives and join us in using your voice to heal ourselves and each other, visit the BGS Tea Room Membership page and subscribe.
Black Girl Speaks is a MOVEMENT that empowers, humanizes, and gives voice to the black female experience. It began as a one-woman show at Amen-Ra’s Bookshop and Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida on November 12, 2005. The sold-out audience demanded encore performances and thus BGS Productions, Inc. was founded. The playwright, producer, and lead performer, Talitha Anyabwelé founded the company to empower the disenfranchised, uplift the downtrodden, and heal the broken-spirited through artistic expression.
The Black Girl Speaks MOVEMENT has expanded to include several varying show editions for diverse audience members, a rousing lecture series for personal and professional organizations, and a workshop curriculum for mature and adolescent participants. Black Girl Speaks serves as a voice of the voiceless; recognizing that the common human characteristic that threads us all is that we all want to be heard. Each performance uses profundity and levity to illustrate our trials and triumphs through poetry and prose, monologues, and dialogues, singing and dancing, and testifying and signifying. By the event’s end, you’ll be inspired to “Use Your Voice and SPEAK!”
Founder of the Black Girl Speaks Movement
Talitha has been a professional educator in some capacity for over a decade and a half. Serving as a principal, curriculum developer, and now as an educational consultant and homeschooling parent, empowering through education has been a personal passion. Her culturally-sound, holistic curriculum, Raising Imhotep Scholars of Excellence (RISE), incorporates healing practices for children to develop them in every aspect. She began the Black Girl Speaks (BGS) Movement with a one-woman show while teaching middle school Language Arts to promote the power of healing by SPEAKing of our traumas in November of 2005, and has since launched a global community of Black Girls (and women) who use their voices to heal themselves and each other. To learn more or join the BGS movement, subscribe to support its initiatives.
“I am my sister’s keeper. We are connected through the blood, strength, and prayers of our ancestors, and the love that is God.” – Talitha Anyabwelé