Womens History Solo Show Series

Kamala Harris 2020 Vice President Elect just mentioned Mary McLeod Bethune in her acceptance speech!!!! I

Kamala Harris 2020 Vice President Elect just mentioned Mary McLeod Bethune in her acceptance speech 8/19/2020!!!! I began writing and developing "First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune" in 2012 and I have been performing since 2015 in my solo play. In my play we see Dr. Bethune stand up to the Klansman for African American's right to #VOTE. She stood in Faith Hall on the grounds of her university that she founded, what we now know as Bethune Cookman University using her words to fight racism. On a personal note, I have been doing this show for so long that I feel we are Kindred Spirits. I am proud people are inspired by my show about this great woman. They learn the truth about this magnificent human being. They come back to see the show and bring friends. During this journey I have received the 2018 Best Educational Show Award and the 2019 Best of Solo Theatre in 10 Years Honor from the United Solo Theatre Festival where I SOLDOUT, just as I SOLDOUT the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem NC, and completing the crowning jewel was winning the 2019 AUDELCO VIV Award for Solo Performance of the Year. I was performing again in a show I curated and co-produced at the 14th Street Y when the Pandemic made us all pause. Now in 2020 the year of the Woman, the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, this year of the 2020 upcoming presidential election, we are living history as we have witnessed The Vice President Elect, Kamala Harris speak the name of Mary McLeod Bethune to the Nation and to the world. We owe it to leaders like Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and all of the great women and men to #getoutandvote2020 For more information on the play and my team who have worked with me and encouraged me. Also some videos, interviews, photos and reviews visit: www.FirstByFaith.com. And in November PLEASE VOTE AND MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE IS COUNTED.  -Richarda Abrams

WVON Talk Radio of Chicago interview with REAL TALK|REAL PEOPLE 

 Host Art "Chat Daddy" Sims and Guest Host Mariann Aalda 

#ThenThisHappened  2/19/2020

I had so much fun speaking with the fabulous Art "Chat Daddy" Sims  and guest-host Actress Extraordinaire Mariann Aalda on REAL TALK REAL PEOPLE from my home town radio station WVON 1690AM Real Talk, Real People with Chat Daddy!

I called in to be interviewed. #GiveAListen to hear what happened next! 

#BlackHistoryMonth #WomensHistoryMonth

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WBAI Radio Interview "Untitled"


I had such a wonderful interview with WBAI's Malika Lee Whitney on "Untitled" July 26, 2019 before I performed First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune to SOLDOUT audiences at the Thirtieth Anniversary of  the National Black Theatre Festival, Winston Salem, North Carolina in August. Now I am so excited to return to the Tenth
Anniversary of the United Solo Theatre Festival in the Best Of Category September 26, 2019, 7:30 pm on Theatre Row, where I world premiered last year and won the "Best Education Show Award".

#SoHonored #SoloArtist #ThankingGodForTheBlessings


#ThenThisHappened #MyFirstPodcast with Maxamoo’s David Levy with United Solo’s artistic director Omar Sangare, two fellow United Solo Artists Noah Diamond and Lillie Colon and myself.  I talk about First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune returning to United Solo Theatre Festival where we World Premiered last year, winning the Best Educational Show Award and was invited back this year in the Best Of Solo theatre category!    It feels like coming home!

First By Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune is a fiscally sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts.
2018 First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune was made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
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