As a part of UNCG’s Spring Fling events series, I had the opportunity to attend Woman Crush Wednesday: An Ode to Women. This event, hosted by GRO (Girls Reaching Out) and Girl Talk, was an inspiring evening dedicated to performances that celebrated the accomplishments and experiences of women. From song, dance and spoken word, each performance was uniquely entertaining and powerful.
To start the evening off, the first performance was a monologue that was originally performed at The Vagina Monologues. This powerful presentation poetically celebrated the struggle and strength of a woman going through childbirth. The monologue commemorated a woman’s power to bring a new life into the world.
In between each performance, the hosts of the program would ask trivia questions. Each question related to famous or accomplished women, and the people who answered the questions correctly received a gift bag.
The second act of the evening was a song performed by two UNCG students: one from the United States, and the other from another country through the student exchange program. Performing a mashup of catchy, empowering tunes, the two showcased the dynamic unity of women coming together from around the world.
The third performance was the first of many spoken word performances. A female and male duo, both presented a poem. The first poem was a powerful performance describing an abusive relationship with a man named Lucy. She explained the materialistic, superficial and greedy spirit that the relationship had. Throughout the poem, the woman spoke of his power and control over her, until she was able to rise up, find inner-strength and leave him. The poem then shifted to her finding a new man named JC, who lifts her up, sees her for who she really is and loves her. Throughout the poem, it was heavily hinted at that “Lucy” was a diminutive for Lucifer and “JC” for Jesus Christ.
In the next poem, the male performer began by asking female, “Do you know your worth?” She replied with an unconvincing “of course.” He then proceeded to explain to her just how truly amazing he thought she was, explaining that she was surrounded by too much self-doubt and too many men that did not treat her right. He emphasized her natural beauty and strength as a black woman. The two monologues were well written, performed phenomenally and extremely moving.
The next performance was a short poem titled: “An Ode to my Momma.” This concise poem was sweet and touching. Most attendants could relate to the performer’s love, admiration and the thankfulness of they expressed toward their mother.
Following this performance, several members of GRO and Girl Talk preformed a dance. This lively and enthusiastic dance featured group and partner work, showing that each of them were supporting one another.
Following the dance was a solo singing performance. The upbeat song spoke of finding encouragement in God. I did not know this song, but the crowd did; everyone sang along and danced, which made the song even more powerful.
After the song was another spoken word performance. This time, it was a young man expressing that he has found new love. Throughout the poem, he spoke of the respect that his love deserves, that he would try to give her. He spoke less on superficial matters, and more on his overwhelming feelings of admiration for his love. This performance in particular was a definite crowd favorite.
In another spoken word performance, a woman expressed her love and thankfulness for the event. In the first of her two pieces, a “mile in her heels,” she expressed her power and strength in her heels, and how she stands tall over competition and threats. In both poems, she expressed feeling as though she stood among other independent and compelling women.
The final performance was that of Rose’s monologue from the renowned play “Fences.” In the monologue, this character is addressing her cheating husband; telling him that she gave up other dreams and years of her life to support him. At the end of the monologue, she finds the courage to leave.
From celebrating love, strength, friendship and leadership, each performance in An Ode to Women offered unique accounts of a woman’s experience or a respect and appreciation for women.