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Single Black Female

Single Black Female is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes that explore the lives of thirty-something African American middle class women as they search for love, clothes and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amongst a parade of stereotypical images. SBF 1, an English literature professor, and SBF 2, a corporate lawyer, keep each other balanced as they face their fears of rejection, hopes for romance and reminisce about black girlhood wounds. While embodying a variety of characters, the girlfriends discuss the absurdities of interracial dating, the lure of recreational shopping and the merits of college reunions for bolstering one’s self-esteem. After reviewing their escapades in past relationships and confessing their own mounting anxieties about commitment and the possibility of motherhood, the pair realize their best chance at love may be found closer than they ever imagined.

Nominated for a 2004 L.A. Weekly Theater Award for Best Comedy!

Reviews

“A socially significant and very entertaining two-woman show that manages to be simultaneously self deprecating and proud.” – The New York Times

“Fresh...hugely entertaining theater.” – Variety

“Perfectly suited for the post-Sex and the City woman.” – Backstage

“Thompson stands her stereotypes on their heads, to apt and funny effect. These right-on feminist sisters want equal rights and equal pay, but they also yearn for steamy romance and Jimmy Choo shoes, not necessarily in that order.” – The Los Angeles Times

“A bracing, funny, bittersweet...show that is both bigger than life and wondrously small, with plenty of notes in between.” – L.A. Weekly

Canada Fringe Festival production

Available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Samuel French, Inc.

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Beyond the Black Lady

Received an honorable mention for the National Women's Studies Association's Gloria E. Anzaldua Book Prize, 2010.

In this book, Lisa B. Thompson explores the representation of black middle-class female sexuality by African American women authors in narrative literature, drama, film, and popular culture, showing how these depictions reclaim black female agency and illustrate the difficulties black women confront in asserting sexual agency in the public sphere. Thompson broadens the discourse around black female sexuality by offering an alternate reading of the overly determined racial and sexual script that casts the middle class "black lady" as the bastion of African American propriety. Drawing on the work of black feminist theorists, she examines symptomatic autobiographies, novels, plays, and key episodes in contemporary American popular culture, including works by Anita Hill, Judith Alexa Jackson, P. J. Gibson, Julie Dash, Kasi Lemmons, Jill Nelson, Lorene Cary, and Andrea Lee.

“[Thompson] finds that some Black women are pioneering new ways to be and to give voice to a more fully actualized, human, female persona. This new woman is long overdue.”
— Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

"In refreshingly clear prose, Lisa B. Thompson renders a complex and nuanced reading of black middle-class women from both fiction and real life. This study makes an important intervention in the discourse on what has heretofore been an under-theorized subject."
— E. Patrick Johnson
author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South

"A path-breaking, cogently argued, bold study of the ways in which black women writers and public figures have engaged, confronted, resisted, or overturned prevailing notions of black middle-class women's sexuality. This book makes a powerful contribution to debates in race studies, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies, and literary and cultural studies."
— Valerie Smith
author of Not Just Race, Not Just Gender: Black Feminist Readings

Available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and University of Illinois Press