Gianina K. Lockley

Scholar, Performer, Educator

Just how black?

"Tell me :Just how black are you?"

It's been more than ten years since this layered question was posed to me; and I'm no closer to the answer now, than I was back then. Can blackness be quantified, revealed in the results of an ancestry test? Can it be understood outside of the constraints of whiteness whose construction is rooted in white supremacy? Is it possible to experience its unspoken magical essence without being baptized in the pain of its history?

Just how black? is an ethnoautobiographical exploration into what it means to be black within the African diaspora. This one-woman show revisits conversations that challenge, accept, and reject notions of a universal definition.