Opening Night, Act TwoClaudette Ortiz, who almost backed out of Act Two, mustered up the strength to make her contribution to Divalogues. She took her seat at the end of the stage and slowly went into the story of her rape at 14. The more she talked, the clearer it became to see why she was so uneasy to discuss in detail how while on her period, a much larger and older man – her boyfriend turned rapist – cuts off her jeans and brutally rapes her. She says that was how she lost her self-worth and how her future relationships left her further damaged. Each of these women went through something awful and traumatic, but went on to enjoy at least some kind of success that made them a household name. Although Claudette Ortiz enjoyed some fame as a member of City High, she never got to make her mark as a solo act. You can’t hope but want that for her, especially after watching her last night.
Next was Michel’le, who detailed that while high out of her mind and miserable, Miche’le took four separate medications as a means of taking her own life. She spoke about the horror of being so high that all she could tell her 10-year-old daughter was, “Goodbye.” But, as she hilariously detailed, she woke up and was furious. To her, that was a sign of the error of her ways and the source of her ever-present disdain towards suicide. Then Miche’le went into her song. For someone not too keen on doing a performance in light of a paltry amount of rehearsal time, she sure did garner one of the loudest audience cheers of the night when she sang. Not many people could bring humor to the subject of suicide.