Pompano Beach Cultural Center presents ON PURPOSE, a solo show by Ebony Payne-English

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present the one-man show On Purpose, created and performed by renowned poet Ebony Payne-English.

On stage, she paints a vivid picture of femininity at the height of her strength and at the bottom of her vulnerability in the face of an HIV diagnosis. Told from the diverse perspectives of seven women, it weaves poems, monologues, songs, rhymes, and colorful vernacular into an exceptional coming-of-age story. The performance is Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, www.pompanobeacharts.org

“Payne-English’s work is a raw, provocative approach to fear, honesty and success,” said Phyllis Korab, Director of Cultural Affairs. “We invite you to witness his strength and incredible artistry in a live theater setting.”

Payne-English is an author, performer, playwright, and educator from Duval County, Florida. Author of a graphic novel, The Random Happenings, as well as an award-winning poetry collection, Secrets of Ma’at, Payne English has been featured in The Florida Times Union, PBS’s Hometown, Last Life Magazine, WJCT’s First Coast Connect, and My Dark Affairs. She has performed her work at the New Orleans House of Blues, Essence Festival, Nuyorican Café, Crossroads Theatre, TEDx and Jax by Jax, as well as countless colleges, universities and entertainment venues across the country. His discography includes six albums.

Payne-English is the first woman to start her own chapter of the international poetry organization Black on Black Rhyme. She is a 2017 Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s Emerging Artist and the recipient of the 2017 Spoken Word Gala. William Bell Humanitarian Award. Ebony is currently the Executive Director of The Performers Academy, a 501c3 arts education organization in Jacksonville, Florida, and is a founding board member of Southern Fried Poetry, Inc., which produces the region’s largest poetry slam for adults in the country.

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach.

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