- Faith & Family
When “Color Me Thick” takes to the stage next Sunday, May 20th at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium in Liberty City, it will feature 30 women ranging in age from 18 to 50-years-old who have at least one thing in common: they are all plus-size sisters. The unique production will showcase the women in several runway scenes that are actually part of a larger play that hopes to build self-esteem in plus-size girls, women and even men.
“I once did commercials and modeling gigs and rocked it in a size eight but I picked up a lot of weight after having three children,” said Passion “P-Say” Roosevelt, the show’s producer and creator. “I was one of the girls that all the guys wanted. Then I was suddenly sitting on the couch and my conversation kept focusing on women and weight.”
Eventually two close friends, DeLeon CoppaDon and Richard “Jiffy” Byrd, persuaded P-Say to get up and to use her creative skills. Together they put together a production that includes a fashion show, singing, speeches and spoken word. It’s taken them about a year to put the show together but the talented trio believe they have a winner on their hands.
Building self-esteem among “thick” sisters
“It’s a real theatrical adventure that has never been coordinated in this manner,” she adds. “I wanted to do it with plus-size women because we are used to seeing shows that only feature small women. Even though I had picked up weight I still believed that I was beautiful and had worth. But so many other women and girls kept coming up to me and were discouraged because they were thick girls and felt that they didn’t fit society’s view of beautiful. That’s when I knew we had to do something to educate, empower and inspire plus-sized girls and women.”
According to P-Say, one of the things that have come out of the rehearsals for the show, is a bonding of the women and a kind of “family atmosphere.”
“It’s a great outlet for them because they know they can talk about their lives and dreams without being criticized or demeaned,” she said. “There is no end to the greatness that can from these women. Sometimes it’s hard to get them to go home after rehearsals — the positive energy is just that strong.”
The three producers are working on developing a program or organization that is an extension of the show that they can take to others in the Black community, particularly youth.
“Young girls in their teens who are plus-sized kids are often really picked on by their peers,” P-Say said. “We have to help them love themselves and no be ashamed of who they are. From Miami and Jacksonville to Atlanta and beyond we want to plus-sized sisters to say, “color me thick.”
“Color Me Thick” begins at 7 p.m. and will also feature Lil Rock and Larry Dogg. For information call 786-355-4557.
By D. Kevin McNeir