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Best Power Forward in the Arts

Florinda Bryant

In dat Black Mermaid Man Lady at allgo, the audience had to be led from one space to another. Wisely, that task was left to Florinda Bryant. She delivered Sharon Bridgforth's text with such spellbinding musicality, we'd have followed her anywhere. That's how it is with this multidisciplinary dynamo. She has power – as an actor, a singer, a poet, a director, a teacher, an activist – and she uses it to lead us places we need to go: places of justice, equality, love. Case in point: her solo show Until the Flood, set following Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson.

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