A Montgomery, AL native, Hanae Victoria Mason (she/her) earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Hampton University and an MPA at the University of Pennsylvania. After working in different capacities in the communications field, she was drawn to a new professional path: community advocacy, organizing, and development. Her public space advocacy work has been nationally recognized, and she was named an “Emerging Cities Champion” by the Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities in 2018. Hanae is currently a self-employed writer, consultant, creative, and activist based in West Philadelphia.
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The Wilma presents James Ijames’s ‘Fat Ham’
A story all its own
The ‘Hamlet’-inspired ‘Fat Ham,’ James Ijames’s latest Wilma premiere, could have gone the route of tragedy porn, but it doesn’t end the way you expect. Hanae Mason reviews.
Round House Theatre and McCarter present Adrienne Kennedy’s ‘Etta and Ella’
Missing Kennedy’s energy
Round House Theatre and McCarter’s Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence festival concludes with the stream of ‘Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,’ a static production that undermines the playwright’s complex text. Hanae Mason reviews.
‘Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom’ at the BlackStar Film Festival
Queer history is American history
‘Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom,’ screened as part of this year’s BlackStar Film Festival, goes behind the fashion, flair, glitz, and glamour to elevate a vital origin story. Hanae Mason reviews.
‘Coded Bias,’ ‘Unapologetic,’ and ‘Nationtime - Gary’ at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival
Three documentary features at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival, highlighting activists from the 1970s to today, summarize the current political landscape in Black America. Hanae Mason reviews.
The Wilma Theater presents ‘Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale’
Over the rainbow
Sparked by a 2011 social-media post about gentrification, the Wilma’s ‘Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale’ forces you to listen. Hanae Mason reviews.
Quintessence Theatre Group presents Angelina Weld Grimké’s ‘Rachel’
An American disease
Angelina Weld Grimké’s 1916 play, ‘Rachel,’ a family drama written to combat the spread of racist US propaganda in the early 20th century, is as relevant today as it was a century ago. Hanae Mason reviews.
The Walnut Street Theatre presents George Stevens Jr.’s ‘Thurgood’
Finding the humanity in our heroes
A recounting of Thurgood Marshall’s life, now onstage at the Walnut, raises important questions about how we measure our heroes’ greatness—and who’s watching. Hanae Mason reviews.
AAMP presents Vision & Spirit: African American Art
Quintessential American stories on loan from Bank of America
A spectacular collection of work is on display at AAMP, including Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, and Carrie Mae Weems, thanks to an exhibition loan from Bank of America. Hanae Mason reviews.
iMPeRFeCT Gallery presents Terrell Halsey's Ascend: Beyond the Veil
Portraiture on the rise
Terrell Halsey’s Ascend: Beyond the Veil is a breath of fresh air for “street portraits,” featuring a collection of photography of Center City Philadelphia from 2015-2020. Hanae Mason reviews.
ICA Philadelphia presents Carolyn Lazard’s Long Take
Somatic and spiritual
Carolyn Lazard examines accessibility, care, and interdependence, with an interdisciplinary installation at ICA that de-emphasizes sight in favor of many other senses. Hanae Mason reviews.
AAMP and PAFA present Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America
The truth about the sun on America
A major joint exhibition, thanks to an unprecedented partnership between the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, asks whether the sun is rising or setting on American democracy. Hanae Mason reviews.
The Barnes Foundation presents William Edmondson: A Monumental Vision
Still a fascinating figure
In its exhibition featuring sculptor William Edmondson, who blurred and subverted a lot of what institutions expect from great artists, the Barnes begins to grapple with ways of seeing the artist’s legacy. Hanae Mason reviews.