by Myca Williamson
Pur·pose the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists
Sometimes I like to describe myself as a professional wanderer.
Not a wanderer in the sense that I am forever lost, but in the sense that I am always seeking new perspectives, challenges and ways of understanding the world around me. Perhaps this is the reason I chose fashion and the reason journalism chose me. Each bestows upon me the opportunity to tell an unheard story and create emotional experiences for myself and others.
On April 27, I was invited by award-winning journalist and stylist Leah Frazier to watch Soul Purpose, a play written and directed by Chericia Curtis. The play told the story of five uniquely different women and their struggles to overcome various hardships. It was their determination to maintain their spirituality and sisterhood that particularly touched me. Regardless of their health, relationships and family adversities, these females embodied the definition of resilience.
As I sat in the Naomi Bruton Theatre at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, I was empowered, encouraged and inspired by the cast of incredibly strong black women. The fervor in their voices as they sang and acted their hearts out demanded that you, too, dig for your soul’s purpose.
“The entire evolution process of the women was like that of a beautiful butterfly, each woman coming into their own in their own special way,” Curtis said.
For her, watching the women bring her work to life was truly a blessing. “My personal and spiritual connections with the women quickly became a strong sisterhood, one we will have for a lifetime,” she said.
The play touched on important topics of discussion in the black community, like interracial dating, fidelity and homosexuality. There was even a scene in which natural hair and women’s bodies were celebrated as divine and wonderfully made.
It was a true #blackexcellence moment.
“How often do we thank God for our hair texture, our skin color, our lips, our hips, our thighs?” Curtis said. “I want our young black girls growing up knowing their worth in Him, both spiritually and physically.”
In 25 scenes, Curtis and executive producer Cheryl Polote-Williamson captivated the beautiful bond built by these sisters and told a story so many of us can relate to.
“I found my soul Purpose through actively seeking God and asking Him what does He have for me?” said Polote-Williamson. “After asking the question I remained quiet and waited patiently for the answer. In the waiting, I was tested in many areas and broken in many others. Yet, at the end of the questioning, waiting and listening, I truly found my purpose.”
There’s an adage that says not all who wander are lost, and it's true. I believe every day is a new adventure, and that the obstacles set before us are simply chances to celebrate our resilience and seek out our purpose. Whether that purpose is in God, your community, or somewhere else in the universe, never stop chasing it.