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Submitted by: Candice Handy

Artist's Project Description: I wrote this piece in response to what it's like to be Black in America in 2020. I hope to convey that Black men are dope and Black love is beautiful, but that beauty is always at risk of being stripped away. A simple, casual and amazing night can turn into a nightmare, as abruptly as experiencing love at first sight. No other artists were involved in the creation of this piece, but I thank the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for allowing me to film in the Rosenthal Shelterhouse.

Artist's Bio: Candice Handy is an actor and teaching artist based in Cincinnati, OH. She is a resident ensemble member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where some of her favorite roles include Fannie Lou Hamer (All the Way) and Malcolm (Macbeth). Candice has also played regionally at the Island Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Monmouth, the Human Race Theatre Company, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She thanks God for opportunities and her family’s unrelenting support. Black Lives Matter.

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