Q

How Secrets of a Black Boy explores gentrification and male sexuality

Darren Anthony and director Kimahli Powell revisit their 2009 play, Secrets of a Black Boy, in 2016 and the era of Black Lives Matter.
Darren Anthony and director Kimahli Powell revisit their 2009 play, Secrets of a Black Boy, in 2016 and the era of Black Lives Matter. (Melody Lau/CBC)
Listen13:28

Secrets of a Black Boy is a play that revolves around five childhood friends that come together for one last game of dominos before their beloved community centre is lost to gentrification. 

It was first staged in 2009, but is now back for more shows. Seven years later, after touring the play in the U.S., creator Darren Anthony and Kimahli Powell admits that this play is still very timely. Powell adds: "I think that's one of the strengths of it; unfortunately, these issues surrounding black men are continuous and systemic." 

Secrets of a Black Boy tackles a number of important issues, which also include mental health and domestic abuse, and for Anthony it was important to put a spotlight on these things. 

He says, "We needed the play to have a face for what's happening, to dissect these issues." 

For more information on Secrets of a Black Boy here

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.