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Pomona College Performance of "Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl's Story of Being Adopted Into a White Family...That Aren't Celebrities" on Sept. 25

Lisa Marie Rollins

Writer and activist Lisa Marie Rollins, who has been featured on CNN, NPR and KPFK Los Angeles, will perform her critically acclaimed solo show, "Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl's Story of Being Adopted Into a White Family...That Aren't Celebrities," at Pomona College’s Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont) on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. There will be a Q&A with the artist following the performance. This event is free and open to the public.

Using storytelling and spoken word poetry, humor and rage, Rollins will examine her life as a black girl adopted into a white family in relation to the fad of high-profile celebrity adoptions of black children—such as Angelina Jolie’s and Brad Pitt’s or Madonna’s adoptions—questioning its merits, exploring ideas about Haitian and Ethiopian orphans, and discussing the myth of colorblind love.

The San Francisco Weekly wrote, “These are the kinds of jokes that can cause you to wobble even as you laugh.”

“Ungrateful Daughter” was an official selection of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival and is the recipient of the James Irvine New Works Grant, the City of Oakland Cultural Arts Grant and the Zellerbach Family Foundation Artist Grant.  She has performed “Ungrateful Daughter” across the country at theatres, universities and academic conferences.

Rollins is the founder and executive director of AFAAD (Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora) and was named one of Colorlines magazine’s “Innovators to Watch.” She was poet in residence at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley in 2010-2011 and published in the anthology, Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (2010).

This event was organized by Valorie Thomas, professor of English and Africana studies, in association with her fall 2012 course Eng/Africana 122: "Healing Narratives."  This event is co-sponsored by Pomona College Public Events, the Pomona College English Department, Pomona College's Gender and Women’s Studies Program, the Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies, the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, the Pomona College Department of Religious Studies, the Pomona College Asian American Resource Center, and the Claremont Colleges Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA), and The Pacific Basin Institute (PBI). For more information, contact Prof. Valorie Thomas at, or the Pomona College Department of English at (909)-607-2212.