Play: Inevitable Daughter — Act 2-2

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Inevitable Daughter Act 2-2
An African Blood Siblings Play

Characters: Nigeria, Judge Tom in a Mask [as Mr. Puxt], Leah Thompson in a Mask [as Jane], Mrs. Thompson in a Mask [as Kate]
Setting: Office (Table under a black cloth with one chair)

(Nigeria sits at her Office table)
(Mr. Puxt and Kate enter from left)

Kate: Yuck. It smells horribly in here.
Mr. Puxt: I can’t imagine the odors where this Black girl lives if she can just sit here uncaring. To me, it smells like someone died in here. It’s so awful. Nigeria, can’t you take out the trash?
Nigeria: Yes sir.
(Nigeria slowly walks toward the right of the stage)
Mr. Puxt: Well do it. I’m telling you, Kate, she’s the dumbest woman you’ll meet. Maybe she’s smart for a Black girl. But I find her to be incredibly stupid.
Kate: I wouldn’t know. Blacks sometimes play dumb, but there’s no telling how much more intelligent they are than their act. But we can’t have her working right now, Jane, our lead suspect in your son’s disappearance, is waiting outside and I need to ask the girl some questions.
Mr. Puxt: Nigeria, wait a moment.
Nigeria: Yes sir.
Mr. Puxt: You remember Kate, my Private Investigator?
Nigeria: Yes sir.
Mr. Puxt: Well, I don’t know if I should be telling you this–
Kate: She’s dumb and innocent, there’s no harm in telling her.
Mr. Puxt: We found a Ransom note and from what you told us we suspect Jane is behind my son’s kidnapping.
Nigeria: Kidnapping, sir? Isn’t he supposed to be on vacation?
Mr. Puxt: Good memory, Nigeria. But while he is supposed to be gone, his phone is off and the airport called to say he never claimed his seat. Plus this ransom note suggests he was kidnapped.
Nigeria: May I ask who signed it?
Mr. Puxt: This ransom note doesn’t concern you. And we don’t have the time. Jane is outside right now. I only want you to answer some questions Kate asks you, so we can question Jane. I’m looking to find my Son soon, you see.
Nigeria: Yes sir.
Kate: Hello, Nigeria. Tell me when was the last time you saw Mr. Puxt’s Son.
Nigeria: We were at a Cafe, Ma’am.
Kate: Where?
Nigeria: Out by Puxt Projects.
Kate: And why was that?
Nigeria: He wanted to empower my neighborhood.
Kate: Why?
Nigeria: He and Jane were talking about Black Power.
Kate: I hate when Whites are confused. What do you think about Black Power?
Nigeria: It ain’t possible, Ma’am. We not as bright as you all.
Kate: No you’re not. Well, what did you do after the restaurant?
Nigeria: I went home. I didn’t hear from either Miss Jane or Mister Eddie afterward.
Kate: And you are sure that this is how events happened?
Nigeria: Yes, Ma’am.
Kate: You may return to work.
Nigeria: Thank you, Ma’am.
Mr. Puxt: So what do you think?
Kate: I think Jane had something to do with this. Though it hardly makes sense. The ransom note appears to have been written with the left-hand and signed “African Blood Siblings,” even though the African Blood Siblings isn’t about White funding or masking its activity. My question is why would Jane frame that Black Organization?
Mr. Puxt: Black Organizations are notoriously underfunded. Maybe the African Blood Siblings finally understood Black Folk don’t care to finance their own liberation or underwrite their future and maybe they understand that the White Race is perfectly willing to underwrite White children. Kidnapping is well within the reality of exploiting our weakness of supporting our own, something absent among Blacks.
Kate: I don’t know. Something doesn’t add up. I’ll go get Jane.
(Kate goes left then returns with Jane)
Jane: What’s the meaning of this, having me wait outside, whatcha bothering me for?
Kate: Don’t play innocent, Negrophile. Where in the world is Eddie?
Jane: That’s what I want to ask you. He’s not answering his phone and I’m sure you all have something to do with it.
Kate: Don’t do this, kid. We know all about you.
Jane: Oh do you?
Kate: When was the last time you saw Eddie?
Jane: A week, two? What’s it to you?
Kate: Yeah two weeks, you hear that Mr. Puxt?
Mr. Puxt: I hear it, Kate.
Jane: Come on, what’s your game here?
Kate: Explain this note.
(Kate shows Jane the ransom note)
Jane: Is this a joke? How dare you frame the “African Blood Siblings!”
Kate: I have half a mind to throw you under the jail.
Jane: Something’s smelly and it’s not just this room.
Mr. Puxt: Nigeria, don’t just stand around, take out the trash.
Nigeria: Yes sir.
Jane: Cousin! You hear this nonsense?
Nigeria: Yes Ma’am.
Kate: Nigeria come here.
Nigeria: Yes Ma’am.
Kate: Was Jane with Eddie and you, yesterday?
Nigeria: Yes Ma’am.
Kate: Mr. Puxt, did Jane just tell us she hasn’t seen Eddie in a week or two?
Mr. Puxt: She sure did.
Kate: Jane, do you have an explanation?
Jane: Well–
Kate: And Nigeria, didn’t Jane leave the restaurant with Eddie making her the last person you saw Eddie with?
Nigeria: Yes Ma’am.
Jane: Now wait a minute! Nigeria, what are they making you say?
Kate: Don’t talk to the help.
Jane: Cousin, what’s going on here? You can tell me. What’s going on?
Mr. Puxt: Nigeria, take out the trash. Don’t entertain the dramatics of this Negrophile.
Jane: Cousin, these men are framing a Black Power organization. You can’t let them do this. They’ll kill innocent Black people. Tell them the truth.
Kate: She has. I think we heard enough from you, Jane. Wait outside, I need to speak with Mr. Puxt.
Jane: Nigeria . . . your Race is being framed and you’re just sitting there.
(Kate escorts Jane outside and returns)
Kate: Mr. Puxt, we only need to prepare a confession. The obvious kidnapper is Jane.
Mr. Puxt: It’s very obvious. Her lies were glaring. Though . . .
Kate: Yeah, we might have to make her an offer. I don’t get the impression that she will talk without money being involved.
Mr. Puxt: $200,000 is nothing compared to the value of my Son. I’m surprised Jane didn’t know that.
Kate: $200,000 is Negro Money. That’s why I’m sure the African Blood Siblings is involved, though this tactic of kidnapping is unorthodox. Only a Negro would ask for Negro money.
Mr. Puxt: Nigeria, why is the garbage still here?
Nigeria: It’s very heavy Sir.
Mr. Puxt: You haven’t opened the door.
Nigeria: I will Sir.
Mr. Puxt: You will now.
Nigeria: Yes sir.
Mr. Puxt: Now, Nigeria!
Kate: I’ll assist her.
Nigeria: No need, Ma’am.
Kate: Don’t you ever tell me what to do Black girl.
Nigeria: Yes Ma’am. It’s just I can handle this.
(Kate walks to the right of Nigeria)
(The noise of a door opening sounds)
Kate: Mr. Puxt?
Mr. Puxt: Yes.
Kate: What do you bring into this office, exactly?
Mr. Puxt: Why do you ask?
Kate: There’s a large pool of blood on the floor–in fact–well what do you know?  I think we found Eddie.
Mr. Puxt: Eddie?!?
Kate: This is no good.
Mr. Puxt: Nigeria, get Jane in here immediately, she can’t go anywhere.
Nigeria: Yes, sir.
(Nigeria runs to the left and sends Jane in)
Jane: What now? Nigeria said she’s going to get the Police.  She’s in a real hurry.  This will be your last mistake.
Mr. Puxt: I hope she does get the Police. Look at what you’ve done.
(Jane screams)
Kate: It all makes sense now.  Nigeria is not getting the Police. We’ve all been fooled. Nigeria killed Eddie.

(Scene ends)

(Mrs. Thompson and Judge Tom block the stage with the black sheet to signify a scene change)

4 thoughts on “Play: Inevitable Daughter — Act 2-2

  1. Hi brother

    Today I would like your advise on something that I posted up on Facebook from one of your newsletters titled ” 4 types of negros” I agreed with this article and could find myself in some of the characteristics. I decided to share this knowledge on my fb page I knew I would have feed ack but this is not what was expecting here is the paragraph that I quoted followed by this ladies response;

    “There are several kinds of Negroes in this country whose idiosyncrasies retard the progress of the race. The first is the jealous Negro, who hates to see other Negroes prosper. The second is the ignorant Negro who refuses to believe that any other Negro can do what to him seems impossible of accomplishment, and who makes a demigod of a white man, and tells him all his business. The third is the very smart Negro who assumes to know everything, to understand everything, who is suspicious of every other Negro and devotes his spare moments trying to find out things to criticize. Then there is the earnest, manly loyal Negro who realizes the fact that it is to families, nations, races to whom Almighty God has given missions and that as a race the Negro has a mission which no other race can perform for him as well as he himself can perform it.”

    Lady: Negros is a word once used to describe slaves, why would one wants to make demigod of any white man. “Bow down to no other god but the almighty”. The negro that writes this is a fool within him or herself”

    I was in shook firstly that the lady completely bypassed everything in the content of this paragraph and just highlighted her onions on the word negro, by my understanding the word negro is Spanish for black I do not find this word offending should I?

    I was just wondering if you had any wise words that I could share with this sister and to any others that have seen this on my page.

    Thanks one love sister Rebecca

    Sent from my iPad

    1. Sister Rebecca,

      For other readers, I cite the relevant article: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/an-address-to-the-four-kinds-of-negroes/

      For future researchers, direct your questions to their articles, that way others can learn too–I’ll see them :).

      We can check the annals of the animal kingdom and we won’t find a single animal which calls itself whatever the European calls it. The wolf does not call himself “wolf;” the fox, “fox;” the ostrich, “ostrich.” Your friend ironically called her ancestors “slaves” (when truly they were “enslaved” not “slaves”) but had a point that “Negro” isn’t our word. Or is it?

      J. A. Rogers here documents that of all the names used, “Negro” might be the most Ancient name:

      https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/amazing-fact-91-an-excerpt-from-100-amazing-facts-about-the-negro-by-j-a-rogers/

      For your friend’s pleasure,

      Negro, Negrito, Nigrita, means “the people of the great river.”

      . . .

      Thus the tendency to decry “Negro” on the ground that it means “slavery” is sheer ignorance. For instance, a Negro newspaper took a poll of its readers some years ago and they chose “colored.” But the jim-crow car, that greatest degrader of American citizenship is usually marked “colored.” The majority of this paper’s circulation is in the South.

      . . .

      But of all the names used by the stronger group in America to set the dark-skinned citizen apart, Negro is the least objectionable. Not only is it very ancient but it has a record in America of four centuries of fortitude, endurance, and survival power, rare in the annals of mankind. “Negro” is making a splendid progress towards prestige in such terms as Negro spirituals, Negro boxer, Negro music, Negro athlete, Negro soldier, Negro loyalty.

      You may ask, what was our name then?

      Here’s where this paper comes in: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/what-was-our-name-halasiou/

      According to Lenormant, “This division of humanity into four original, successive races was admitted by the most ancient priests of Egypt. They are represented by four figures, of different types and colours, in the pictures of the tomb of Seti I at Thebes. The red race bears the name of Rot; the Asiatic race, yellow in colour, that of Amou; the black African race that of Halasiou; the white, light-haired Lybico-European that of Tamahou.”

      . . .

      Still, some may be curious about the origin of the Roman word “Negro” and its relation to the Greek word “Necro.” Those curious should investigate the hieroglyphs[3] for the root word “Nekh.” From this root word comes one of the earlier settlements of ancient Kemet: “Nekheb.” The diligent will be rewarded, noting how words relating to “Southerner” and “Death” spring forth. The Greeks had found us curious for our ancestral worship, our fascination with the dead. Herein is “Necromancy,” so-called “Black magic.” And more.

      However, we don’t call ourselves Halasiou or even Nehesu so the point is moot. Finally, your friend should realize that the article comes from 1899. For her to call an ancestor a fool for using the language of his day, it’s questionable whether she deserves your full attention.

      Thank you for spreading the word and writing,

  2. Stumbled across this on you tube looked interesting just wanted to know your views on this RA the Sun God Within Us Part 1.avi – YouTube ► 23:59► 23:59 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB4_bCiJcCM Nov 29, 2011 – Uploaded by jonwhat2003 You need Adobe Flash Player to watch this video. … class in your area

    Sent from my iPad

    1. Rebecca,

      One quality with Europeans is their verbosity; that self-righteous time-consuming pace is designed to cater to their sense of importance. At my stage, listening to them is intolerable. If you want to learn more on Ancient Spirituality, go to the source. However, I can’t comment on that video, as it’s not too interesting to me.

      I had listed some African Scholars here for our education:

      https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/anansi-and-african-educational-resources/

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