PLAY: Chasing Mehserle

A sequel to Hodge’s first play. A fictional character, Watts, has been agoraphobic since seeing the Rodney King beatings as a child. He makes a New Year’s resolution to finally leave the house on January 1, 2009, the same day Oscar Grant is murdered by transit officer Johannes Mehserle. Commissioned by Black Women’s Playwrights Group. Co-presented by Intersection for the Arts, Hip Hop Theater Fest, The Living Word Project and MIT’s Media Lab. Generously supported by The Gerbode Foundation.

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Read more about Chinaka’s collaboration with Ryan Coogler, Destin Cretton and MACRO — MINORS.

BOOK: Dated Emcees

A love mixtape. Poetry and prose. Released 2016 on City Lights/RADAR Press. More on Dated Emcees here.

PLAY: Mirrors in Every Corner

An evening length magic realism theater piece. A white daughter is born into Oakland’s most tragic Black family in the late eighties. Originally presented by Intersection for the Arts and The Living Word Project. Full text available on Penmanship.