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"Unapologetically Black, Unapologetically Queer. I write about the realm we exist in of intersectionality and bondage"
Born and Raised in Detroit. Tarik got his first taste of theater in the church, appearing in several gospel plays during his teenage years. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Double Major in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Theater, he appeared in college productions of The Dutchman and Six Degrees of Separation. After a few years in Atlanta, Georgia, he relocated to Austin,Texas to start his journey in professional theater and playwright. Tarik wrote and produced his first play, The Counseling Session in 2016, which was nominated by BROADWAY WORLD AUSTIN for Best Original Script and co-produced by the City of Austin. He has since written three more plays, STIGMA, Rose University, & Prettyboy Realness. In 2015, he founded and currently serve as Executive Director of WHATSINTHEMIRROR?, an 501c3 non profit and social movement that provides mental health and suicide prevention through art and advocacy to people of color. As an AfroQueer writer, his work focuses on the struggles and mistreatment of the black queer man in America. He was also appointed as a City Commissioner of the LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Board by the City of Austin City Council in August 2017, currently serving 2nd term.
No Bonds So Strong is AVAILABLE now on AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLES.
No Bonds So Strong is a coming to age story about four black queer friends growing up in the streets of Detroit. Faced with the drug culture, diseases, homelessness, violence, and the lack of the black father, these friends must lean on each other to make it out alive. When many of us don't.
No Bonds So Strong is a coming of age drama about four black queer friends growing up in Detroit. Plagued by the absence of the black father, Trayvon, Eman, Robert, and JayJay must rely on their friendship with each other to survive the adversities of being young, black,and queer in inner city America. In a culture of drugs, rape, disease,and violence against their very existence, their future isn't promised and without guidance, their lives starts on a journey of heartaches and heartbreaks. After losing one of their own, and having new dreams to move forward in Atlanta, they are now faced with the challenge of making it to the next chapter of their destiny, when far too many don't.
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