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“Black men are the only men that hate their women,” my mama once said. OK, now that’s a generalization as sweeping as it is scathing, but the bit of truth it holds is undeniable—especially for sistahs at the darkest end of the black rainbow. It is to these “blue-black” women that playwright and performer Sameerah S. Muhammed says she dedicates Black Gal Needin’ to Be Loved, her one-woman show exploring the backlash blues that have always beset espresso-hued women. Backed by haunting Nina Simone ballads, Muhammed movingly threads together the stories of 21 women aged 13 to 95: a blind woman at the crossroads of freedom in 1865, a woman with a limp and eight children by eight different men, a professional whose boyfriend is tired of dating black women. Give these black gals some luv—and don’t forget the tissues—at 7:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Museum of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $15. For reservations call (202) 639-1770. (Nefretiti Makenta)