Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain't Always Pretty


  • By Kareem M. Lucas

One Black man’s seemingly never-ending journey on the path to self-discovery is hilariously told in the style of an epic poem.

In the tradition of Epic Poems, Kareem subverts the style and reanimates the memory of a never-ending NYC night filled with alcohol, drugs, sex, joy, loss, and self-discovery. As he grapples with his past and present by weaving together narrative and poetry to interrogate his desperate need to find significance. Kareem takes the audience through a remarkable odyssey, as he hilariously and honestly reveals the private thoughts and unknown feelings of a modern Black man in America. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT IT AIN’T ALWAYS PRETTY is about healing and accepting what you can’t change, because no matter how fast or how far you run away, you can never escape yourself.

“Kareem is a poet through and through. His unique twist on an epic poem evokes such vivid imagery you almost feel like you’re there with him on this  legendary night out, as he navigates the trappings of adulthood, and the crushing loneliness that lies beneath. Plus it’s so unexpected and poignant to have his actual mother there as his witness, keeping him in line. I can’t wait to share this marvelous show about a Black man’s journey to self-discovery with you.”

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director

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