Ella Turenne’s solo play weaves together her own stories of struggles with identity and beauty. From rituals that Black women hold in relation with their hair to her experience as an American woman with strong ties to her Haitian culture, Ella blends poetry, song and humor in this one hour piece. She unlocks the history of locs experienced by Black women, revealing many mishaps and triumphs. Through the eyes of 21 different characters – from a 5th grade bully to Madam CJ Walker – she exposes the hair connection – to politics, identity and culture, illustrating why hair is an intimate and essential part of Black life.
In 2009, Ella was featured in a documentary on HBO called The Black List. It was the first time she spoke publicly about her obsession with hair and what that meant to her. The documentary helped inspire Ella to write Love, Locs & Liberation.