Author, Playwright and Educator Holly Charles attended Purdue University for her undergraduate studies and obtained her Masters in English from Prairie View A&M University in May 2013. Whether teaching or writing she has told stories about the African American experience. Her original Thesis, Velvet: the Burden of Melanin and Motherhood, has been transformed into the author’s first novel (Velvet). More recently, she wrote and produced In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen’s Town, a stage play celebrating the triumphant rise of an ex-slave settlement in Fourth Ward Houston, which debuted Summer 2017 at The Ensemble Theatre. Proceeds benefited The Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum, a non-profit preservationist organization and museum. Since that time, Charles founded Houston Play on Purpose, non-profit organization purposed with raising awareness for social injustices and issues which disproportionately affect underserved and/or minority populations. Using appropriate research, HPOP creates theatrical productions to engage audiences and encourage the equality and empowerment of all people. HPOPs rollout production, I’m Still a Woman, is an episodic stage play which debuted at MATCH Theater Summer 2018, which was aimed at raising awareness concerning the growing, yet taboo issue of infertility in women of color.