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LATE BREAKING NEWS: 2020 Tried to Kill Me I’m Still Here

In the most challenging two years of my life (2018-2020), I moved 5 times (twice during the pandemic) experienced heartbreak, loss, health issues, etc. During the pandemic I have had the opportunity to spend quality time with myself asking:

Who am I in this moment now?

 How do I choose to live?

How do I choose to love?

How will I move forward to create a sustainable life for myself and contribute my skills to my community?  

We live in a new world. Our lives have changed dramatically from the pandemic and righteous protests against police brutality, a devastating economic downturn and political chaos. Zoom is a verb and we are both burnt out and able to extend our reach world because of it.

Grateful to 2020 for these highlights

  • My new home in Atlanta is SANCTUARY, KITCHEN LAB and CREATIVE STUDIO
  • Made deeper connections with my TRIBE of women friends, my blood and chosen family and made new friends
  • Emory University’s Rose Library acquired a portion of my personal and professional ARCHIVES
  • Published a graphic novel about a black female superhero/sex educator
  • Sold two illustrated children’s books to Chris Myers at Make Me A World and, Porsha Burke at Convergent (RANDOM HOUSE imprints)
  • My novel Black Girl in Paris was optioned for film/tv by Natalie Baszile the author of the novel Queen Sugar
  • In a creative learning/ experimenting spree, I made a series of drawings about the meaning of HOME during the pandemic, took ukulele and piano lessons, a manifesto writing workshop, weight training and yoga classes and streamed hours of classic opera from the MET and podcasts on subjects ranging from the esoteric to the erotic. I also cooked the most amazing meals and invented recipes.
  • Celebrated Georgia turning BLUE, thank you Stacey Abrams & Fair Fight Action, and the election of Biden and Harris
  • Velina Hasu posted a lovely interview with me on her blog highlighting Women Theater Artists https://matchabook.wordpress.com/2020/12/09/this-is-shay-youngblood-her-eyes-have-seen-and-the-seeing-continues-to-soar/

2021 is all about FOCUS and RADICAL SELF-LOVE

 New Events and Adventures in 2021

  • Launch of Youngblood Arts Second Sunday Genre Bending Literary Fitness writing workshops in MARCH!
  • Excited to teach writing workshops for VONA Feb 27-28 and July 2021
  • Artist Residency with Indigo Arts Alliance (Portland, Maine) TBA

SELECTED READING LIST

Black Futures, edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham

Accra Noir, edited by Nana-Ama Danquah

The View From Breast Pocket Mountain, Karen Hill Anton

What’s Your Story, Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond

African Look Book, Catherine McKinley

Everything Inside, Edwidge Danticat

Rise, Marcus Samuelson

Resist, Veronica Chambers

ARTISTS on my RADAR

Robert Pruitt, Deborah Roberts, Carolyn Miller

*Please support Black and Independent Bookstores and BIPOC artists

DENTON BLACK FILM FESTIVAL: Community Action

image1Shay Youngblood with David Herman in the “green room”

The Denton Black Film Festival was a good time, reflective, informative, celebratory and sobering. The sold out screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO was an action that inspired me to return to a writing project with urgency. Christopher Blay’s exhibition KWTXR was moving and captured this moment now. The Women in Entertainment panel was illuminating and lots of new connections were made. The films and events were rich with testimony, strategy and respite in these challenging times. Thanks to Linda and Harry Eaddy and the DBFF Crew. Community Action at work!

Add Architecture, Stir Memory: A Workshop Production

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Add Architecture, Stir Memory: TX – JAPAN

A Workshop Production by Shay Youngblood

with special guests kt shorb and Lyndon Gill

Saturday, 28 June 2014 – 5-7pm  @ Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, Texas

Free and open to the public

What is the effect of memory on architecture? What is the effect of architecture on memory? How do our early memories of home shape who we become? I traveled from Texas to Tokyo in the spring of 2011 to ask these questions in the form of interviews with Japanese creatives, that would be the research for a novel set in Hawaii and Japan. Ten days after I arrived, Japan experienced the strongest earthquake in its history, which triggered a powerful tsunami and set off a nuclear disaster. In this multimedia performance I share my experience of home in Japan, my creative process and invite the audience to participate in shaping my work-in-progress.

*This workshop production is made possible with support from

ALLGO: A Texas Statewide Organization for Queer People of Color

“Impossible Landscape” artwork: Adrienne Brown

Annette Lawrence has an awesome NEW Website!!!!!!!

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On March 29th at 6:30pm Annette Lawrence will give an artists’ talk at her exhibition of new work LEANING TOWARDS AN ALGORITHM at Mountain View College in Dallas.  solo exhibition info

It has been an unexpected pleasure to watch the development of this new body of work by  Annette. Her intellect, discipline, focus and dedication to her craft continues to inspire me. Totally unbiased.

Annette Lawrence WEBSITE

Storytelling Heaven at the Dallas Museum of Art Story Slam

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18th Century Marrow Scoop

 

Kathe Kollwitz

Inspired by the amazing Rob Walker’s Significant Objects Project, Carolyn Bess of Arts & Letters Live at The Dallas Museum of Art, commissioned four writers (I was among them) to create original short stories inspired by objects in the collection.  (See Rob’s blog here Materially Untrue. ) We were invited into the vault where thousands of priceless artworks are stored in a massive underground city. It was overwhelming and thrilling. There were three compelling pieces that stirred my imagination. A painting by Mark Bradford, a woodcut by Käthe Kollwitz and an 18th century silver marrow scoop. Images swirled around in my head, but there was no clear story. In the week that followed my visit to the museum I learned that my friend, the artist Terry Adkins died. I wrote a draft of “Broken Beautiful” in less than 48 hours. His loss was an unexpected element. The story became a place to channel my grief and make peace with our unfinished conversations.

Black Girl in Paris Finalist in HBO short film competition

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From Kiara C. Jones, Producer of Black Girl in Paris:
Congratulations to Director Kiandra Parks and the wonderfully talented Cast and Crew of her thesis film Black Girl in Paris!
Cultivated Films and Black Girl Productions are proud to announce that our film has been selected as a finalist in the 17th Annual American Black Film Festival.
Black Girl in Paris will have its World Premiere in  Miami, Florida in the HBO Short Film Competition.  http://www.abff.com/festival/
Black Girl in Paris was filmed on location in Paris, France with a dedicated Parisian Cast and Crew.  The film stars the extraordinarily talented, Tracey Heggins (Medicine for Melancholy, Twilight) and the amazing British Television starlett, Zaraah Abrahams and was visualized by award winning Director of Photography, Shlomo Godder.  Black Girl in Paris was shot on Panavision Alga’s Platinum, 35mm camera on beautiful Kodak film with processing at Eclair and telecine at Technicolor Paris.  Black Girl in Paris is a film by Director Kiandra Parks, Produced by Kiara C Jones.  The short is based on a novel by the same name, by author Shay Youngblood for which we are are developing the feature length version of the film.

HBO Short Film Competition

Thursday, June 20

8:30 pm-10:30 pm
Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach, FL 33139

Five talented filmmakers compete for the prestigious 17th annual HBO Short Film Award.

Admission: Passholders Only

Presented by:

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Surrounded By Greatness & Beauty at TCG in Dallas

Daniel Alexander Jones, Shay, Nick Slie at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Conference in Dallas, 2013

Daniel Alexander Jones, Shay, Nick Slie at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Conference in Dallas, 2013

Enjoyed mixing and mingling with old friends and new at the TCG Conference in Dallas.  I witnessed Ayad Ahktar’s conversation with Gabriel Greene. Ayad’s first novel American Dervish won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. I watched him blossom as an actor in the Theatre Program at Brown University in the mid 90’s. It was great to see him in full flower on the stage of the Dallas Performing Arts Center. A pleasure meeting Nick Slie of Mondo Bizarro in New Orleans; spending some quality time with my friend for life Daniel Alexander Jones who will be performing in Austin as Jomama Jones at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre during July; seeing the wonderful actor, Marguerite Hannah who was the original Daughter in my first play, Shaking the Mess Outta Misery; laughing again with Abe Rybeck of Theater Offensive in Boston and giving birthday wishes to Reginald Edmund. I’m not done with theater yet.