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“Everything we do, everything we are as Black women…is in love for ourselves and each other and in struggle for what we grow and have grown into.”

—Rebecca Carroll, In Love and Struggle

What does it mean to live as a Black woman in America? That’s the central question of In Love and Struggle—a series that centers the lived experiences of Black women and non-binary people through storytelling, music, and comedy.

On our stage: performances from voice actor Cree Summer, comedian Zainab Johnson, poet-in-residence at Lincoln Center Mahogany L. Browne, actress and activist Amanda Seales, multidisciplinary artist Sol, and more—with the voice of writer adrienne maree brown.

In Love and Struggle, Vol. 3 will be available as an exclusive audio original on Audible in 2024—in time for the leap-year intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

It joins earlier volumes in the In Love and Struggle series, which premiered in 2020 at the Audible Theater at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City featuring Anita Hill, Sasheer Zamata, Alicia Garza, and more.

Curated by cultural critic Rebecca Carroll with director/producer Monica L. Williams (chief curator and director of programs at 651Arts) and advising creative producer Kamilah Forbes (executive producer of The Apollo Theater), In Love and Struggle was also released as an Audible audio special. The series takes its name from an encounter Carroll had with Alice Walker at a bookstore nearly 30 years ago.

A year later, in 2021, Carroll and Forbes returned as executive producers with a new work exploring the real lives of Black women at every age. In In Love and Struggle: A Black Woman Grows in America, 11 women, ages 17 to 90, share stories about love, work, microaggressions, mothering, and just being. Directed by Noleca Radway, the Audible Original featured everyone from TikTok star Ve’ondre Mitchell to two-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage

See more about volumes 1 and 2 of In Love and Struggle below, and listen here and here.

THE 2021 TRAILER

LISTEN ON AUDIBLE

THE 2021 CAST

Treasure Brooks

Activist and Student

Rebecca Carroll

Writer and Cultural Critic

Pearl Cleage

Author and Playwright

Jasmine Mans

Poet

Drew Dixon

Music Producer

Carmen de Lavallade

Dancer and Choreographer

Lynn Nottage

Playwright

Franchesca Ramsey

Comedian

CC Paschal

Podcast host

Ve’ondre Mitchell

Teen advocate

Bevy Smith

TV host

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2020 HIGHLIGHTS 

“I vote because I don’t give away my power—not by force, and never by choice.”

—activist, educator, and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham on her vote, and yours

“I already know that no one is listening to the women and that the women are supposed to lead. I have been knowing that my whole life.”

—Black Futures Lab cofounder Alicia Garza on listening to women

“The goal isn’t to agree. Not with your family, your office, not with the world. The goal is to disagree with decorum.”

—author Jodie Patterson on respecting difference

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THE 2020 CAST

Aaron Philip

Model and speaker

Alicia Garza

Black Futures Lab cofounder

Anita Hill

Professor of social policy, law, and gender studies

Bassey Ikpi

Writer and mental health advocate

Brandee Younger

Musician

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Educator, organizer, and writer

Jodie Patterson

Author

Mahogany L. Browne

Writer, organizer, and educator

Mumu Fresh

Singer, songwriter, and activist

The Reverend Dr. Lakeesha Walrond

Educator and change agent

Sarah Jones

Performer and Writer

Salamishah Tillet

Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing

Sasheer Zamata

Actor and podcast host

Toshi Reagon

Singer, composer, and musician