Ballot Eats The Bullet: Embracing Black Girl Magic

As the lights dimmed and the air crackled with anticipation, the stage was set for an extraordinary performance that would touch the hearts and souls of every woman in the audience. The atmosphere was electric as my daughter, and I eagerly awaited the beginning of a show that promised to honor the essence of black womanhood in all its magnificence. I was completely enthralled by the entire production, but certain pieces like “Politics of the 14th Letter,” “Magic B a Black Girl,” “Queen Roll Call,” and “When It All Falls Down – We Drown or Float” resonated with me deeply. Each scene, each of the 20 pieces, felt like a mirror reflecting my own experiences back at me.

Four remarkable women took center stage, embodying a blend of power and grace that held the audience spellbound. Chelsea Manasseri, a beacon of artistry and education; Amara Johnson, an actress driven by unyielding passion; Amalya Byrd, a multi-talented poet, songwriter, and actress; and Jennie “DOC” Krueger, a writer, activist, and public speaker, emanated empowerment that transcended boundaries and reshaped the narrative surrounding women.

Their voices, filled with passion and purpose, guided us through a transformative journey that defied expectations, shattered limitations, and illuminated the path to unapologetic liberation. In their presence, we were transported to a realm where the essence of womanhood shone brightly, celebrating their strength, resilience, and unwavering spirit, which left us in awe of their boundless power.

Austin Critics Hall of Fame Zell Miller, III is the Director..

Under the visionary direction of Austin’s esteemed art Hall of Fame artist, Zel Miller, the performance unfolded like a tapestry of resilience, beauty, and strength. Each scene painted a vivid portrait of the multifaceted identity of black women, showcasing their unwavering spirit, unyielding determination, and boundless creativity.

As the narrative unfolded, it became clear that this was more than just a performance—it was a tribute to the enduring legacy of black women throughout history. It was a celebration of their triumphs, an acknowledgment of their struggles, and a declaration of their worth in a world that often seeks to diminish their light.

For me and my daughter, the experience was nothing short of transformative. We were swept away by the raw emotion, the powerful storytelling, and the undeniable sense of sisterhood that filled the air. It served as a reminder that black girl magic is not merely a phrase—it is a living, breathing force that propels us forward, empowers us to dream, and emboldens us to fight for our freedom.

As the final scenes lingered in the air, we were left with a profound sense of gratitude for the women who blazed the trail, the voices that continue to speak truth to power, and the beauty that radiates from within each and every black woman. It was a night that reinforced the idea that the only thing we have to lose is our chains—and that together, we are an unstoppable force.

In the echoes of applause and the shared experiences, we found solace in the knowledge that black girl magic is real, potent, and a force to be reckoned with. As we exited the venue that opening night, hearts full and spirits lifted, we carried with us the essence of that performance—a reminder that our worth is immeasurable, our beauty is undeniable, and our voices are our mightiest weapons in the battle for liberation.

Directed by Zell Miller, Ballot Eats the Bullet is on Stage through March 9th at Hyde Park Theatre.

“The Ballot Eats the Bullet, U Matter” at the Hyde Park Theatre is not just a performance—it is a transformative experience that every black woman deserves to witness. Join this cast to celebrate with them embracing the power of black girl magic, celebrating our resilience, and honoring the legacy of those who came before us. Let this show be a beacon of empowerment, a celebration of sisterhood, and a reminder that together, we are an unstoppable force for change. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the magic unfold before your eyes. It’s time to embrace your power, own your story, and stand tall in the beauty of your existence.

A performance you don’t want to miss. See you at the theater!

The Ballot Eats the Bullet, U Matter is onstage Thurs – Sat at 7:30 pm through March 9th. Tickets are on sale online.


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