Anthony Anderson Presents: "Uncle Tom vs. Uncle Sam" on August 5–28

Hate battling self-hate.
Erykah Badu calls it "profound … insightful … provocative … relevant," while Professor Vera J. Katz hails Jaja as "A helluva playwright and thinker! Saying the necessary."
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NEW YORK - July 20, 2016 - PRLog -- Uncle Tom: [noun.] traditionally, a self-negating, self-hating, conscious sell-out member of the Black race.
Uncle Sam: [noun.] representative of the dominant government and whi. supremacy. Big Brother. The man.
blackish: black-ish [adj.] Somewhat black; somewhat African-American. Culturally ambiguous.

UNCLE TOM vs. UNCLE SAM by Bless ji Jaja. Satirical two-act stage play addressing the identity crisis, gentrification and on-going assimilation the Black community still finds itself grappling with in a so-called post-racial era.

UNCLE TOM vs. UNCLE SAM examines the conscious position interracial couple and husband in particular, Shawn Pemberton, takes when wanting to adopt a white child only and, explicitly, not black.

UNCLE TOM vs. UNCLE SAM is the prosecution of the greater Black community and its ongoing identity crisis concerning self-love, aesthesis, and their general accommodations for survival and acceptance.

Playwright Bless ji Jaja (Birth, Barberdashers), The Gumdrop Agency, and producer, actor Anthony Anderson (black-ish, Barbershop I & II) present Uncle Tom vs. Uncle Sam at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, NYC, August 5-28, 2016, aka Black August, the month celebrated with histories of Black resistance, from the Haitian Revolution, to Nat Turner's Rebellion, to the births of Marcus Garvey and Fred Hampton, to the deaths of George Jackson and his younger brother Jonathan, killed while attempting to free the Soledad Brothers. Performances by Trayon Blackwell, Tiphanie Doucet, Isis Harris, Kyle Michael Caldwell, Tezra Bryant and Maurice Carlton. In the spirit of Black unity, self-sacrifice political education, and uplift, Uncle Tom vs. Uncle Sam pushes the envelope of racial identity and cultural bias in the sardonic and comedic modality that only Bless ji Jaja is known to write.

For Tickets, Contact Symphony Spaces Box Office at (212)864-5400 or visit

THEME: Fighting cultural and personal identity crisis.

GENRE: Relationships, Satire, Humor, Political, Cultural, Edgy.


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