In The Awakening, it's a belief that legendary diva, Vanity Black, has come to believe about how most Blacks see the beauty of Black people. Though she became an international beauty icon in the worlds of high fashion and entertainment, her beauty is still spoken of as second class by many in the Black community. With phrases like "pretty for a dark girl," the iconic beauty had grown accustomed to backhanded smears.
However, a recent comedy special hosted by a famous Black stand-up comedian sends her over the edge as he uses her beauty as a subject to ridicule for his act while also making countless negative and outlandish generalizations regarding Black women. From her dark skin complexion to her choice of wearing her natural textured hair, Vanity Black listens on as she and Black women as a whole, are disgraced and ripped apart before the world as millions tune in to join in his laughter.
Turning to her longtime friend, designer turned writer, Antonio Wingfield, Vanity Black is in desperate need of a venting session or someone's head is about to roll. Upon her visit, The Diva is presented with a script and the opportunity to star in his new stage show, The Awakening. It will become an encounter of which she will never forget as she is swept away on a journey of beauty, self-reflection and redemption that will change her life, dreams and perceptions forever.