DD Rainbow brings ‘Bag of Bits’ back home

By Coria Bowen| @kykernel.com

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Comedienne Debra Faulk, also known as DD Rainbow, has been pursuing her passion in Hollywood, and now she’s coming home to give back.

Faulk was, as she says, “hatched and raised” in Lexington.

She will be performing in a one-woman show titled “Bag of Bits” on Friday and Saturday.

“I literally have bags of jokes around my house,” Faulk said. “I picked up a bag and pulled out a few bits and put them together.”

Faulk said the show is about spreading the word of love.

The concept for the show is based on a road trip she took from Venice Beach, Calif., to Myrtle Beach, S.C. On the trip, she picked up her father, who suffers from dementia.

“The show is what I had recalled and remembered from my childhood,” Faulk said. “He raised us up with country lessons.”

Faulk, the youngest of five children, said her father raised the family with values and morals.

“It’s important for me to spread the message that there are good black men,” Faulk said.

The show will be hosted by the UK Department of Theatre, which Faulk is no stranger to. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theater from UK and is now a master’s student at California State University in Los Angeles.

The UK theater department is where Faulk said she felt the most loved and free to be herself. Faulk said she comes home often and enjoys spending time volunteering for programs like the YMCA Black Achievers.

This is Faulk’s first time performing as DD Rainbow in a show for Lexington.

“I’m overwhelmed that so many people want to come out,” Faulk said. “Not only are they coming to see and hear me, they are coming to hear about my story.”

Faulk said her goal for the show is to inspire people.

“I was a beautiful young girl who grew up in the juvenile court system in Lexington with people who always told her who she was not,” Faulk said.

Faulk added that she worked hard to rise above the various hardships she faced as a young woman.

“I’m going to encourage and inspire others that they can do it, too,” she said.

Faulk’s tagline is “I’m not bitter, I’m better.”

She said that all of her experiences have helped her rise.

“Thank you for telling me no, and thank you for telling me yes,” she said. “I thank the ones who hugged me and the ones who kicked me in my back; it’s because of you that I continue to rise.”

The “Bag of Bits” Saturday show is sold out, but seats are still available for Friday.

The free show will be at the Lucille C. Little Black Box Theatre in the Fine Arts building.