"Oni Faida was raised in Oklahoma City. A lot of her work grows out of the comedy and the conflicts of growing up Black in the Midwest in the 70’s. She's especially interested in taking a machete to the cliché of the "Strong Black Woman" (SBW), to expose the physical and spiritual exhaustion, the self-denigration, and authentic triumph underneath. Through it all, Lampley celebrates the spirit, language, and courage of people who are fighting for love, and survival."
I was blessed enough to have playwright and actor Oni Faida mentor me when I was a Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists. Wonderful, generous spirit. Greater writer. She will be missed. Visit her memorial site here.