LANSING -- The violence that plagues the streets day-in-day-out cannot help but make one pause, and wonder, “what is my role in all of this?” Such as when the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:10,) The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. How deep does the search for answers go ~, “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it . . .” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
– “Somebody Else’s Baby” is the stage play adaptation of the Diane Martin novel by the same title. This stage production reveals the demise of humanity and indicts a community whose silence has killed more children than bullets. This story is a disturbing and emotional diary of tragedy and fear. Tijani Khalan Owens (TKO) is a young Black male trying to survive the “war” that has erupted in the streets of Chicago. He represents every child who must live every day in fear – in a community that they call home. Tijani does not want to become a statistic – another victim, but fate puts him in a situation where he learns that some choices, good and bad, will have grave consequences. In the end, whatever the choice, lives will be changed, and we will be forced to take inventory of ourselves and of a growing problem, which plagues us all.