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The Naming of Black Feather Theatre Co.

After three seasons as Artistic Director of the longest running stage theatre in WNY, the renowned Paul Robeson Theatre of Buffalo, NY, Yao Kahlil Newkirk created Black Feather Theatre company, in response to a need he found in the communities which he served; not only in the Greater Buffalo region, but also the south towns of WNY.

But why "Black Feather?"

What does a black feather symbolize?

A black feather symbolizes a season of change and transformation. They carry messages of hope and optimism, and are a sign of protection and security.

But black feathers also symbolize a few other things.



Black is the color of death, but not in a bad way. The things that didn’t serve you are dying right before your eyes. It is a signal that you are about to level up, are growing and developing, and are ready for the next stage of life.

You are beginning to believe in yourself and trust yourself more. The black feather represents the death of your ego and a transition into who you truly are.


In many cultures, black feathers are representative of wisdom. You have been on a journey through life, experienced the ups and downs and have learned important lessons. You have all the knowledge within you to make bold, informed decisions. You have taken what you need from the past to guide your future and are leaving all of the baggage behind.


You might be surprised to find that black feathers are good luck when it comes to your energy. They tell you that any negative energy will dissipate along with the weight it carries.

The black feather is sending a message of hope, faith, and joy, reminding you that you have one life to live and should make the most of it.

Protection and safety

Black feathers also represent spiritual protection. Any fears or anxiety you have about your fate or the future should start to fade away with the knowledge that you are connected to the divine. Your guardian angels are nearby guiding your steps. Those angels are watching to make sure you are headed in the right direction.


The spirit of freedom is something attached to black feathers. It is a sense of soaring above the clouds and seeing the world from a new perspective.


The things that have been holding you back no longer have power over you, so you are ready to live life on your own terms.

What is the spiritual meaning of black feathers?

Spiritually, black feathers also carry a lot of meaning. In Native American culture, they are indicative of power, authority, and wisdom. They also signify an ability to overcome any obstacles you encounter.

Black feathers also hint at a spiritual awakening in process. You are shedding the "you" of yesterday and emerging with a renewed lease on life. It is a good time to tap into your spiritual gifts. Some believe that black feathers are sent by our ancestors as encouragement and as a reminder to trust our own intuition, letting you know they are okay.

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What It Means When You Find A Black Feather. . .

Finding a black feather lets you know that you are divinely protected.

If you find a black feather around your home, know that your angels are protecting your home, sending you protection from negative thoughts, or negative influences around you.

Finding black feathers can also be symbolic of your ability to persevere in life. It tells you that everything you need is within your reach.


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