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Plagiarized by Chaunesti Webb Lyon 
Member since Jun 11, 2013

Chaunesti Webb Lyon plagiarized my essay 'Tenderheaded', copyright 2001, and received an award from Indyweek for it. Indyweek Theater Critic wrote about it at:


Beginning Litigation Against Chaunesti Webb Lyon

Updated on November 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM

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Re: “Chaunesti Webb, her play at Manbites Dog Theater and the woman accusing her of artistic theft

Chaunesti Webb stole my work. She stole my story, my words, and admitted as such. She received grants and awards for my work. She crowdfunded my work, and received over $5,000 for that, alone. She traveled the play based upon my story for years. Any of you who writes, or makes any creative work, can probably understand my position. This woman had never claimed to write anything- before or since. Yet, she can apparently read, and comprehend spoken English. I believe she was able to decipher the countless Cease and Desist demands told to her, letters sent to her via email, USPS, and from different attorneys.

Man Bites Dog Theater revealed their position, by elevating this thief to their Board of Directors. They also proudly claim the output from their 'help' made the play as "good' as it has been described by the editors of Indyweek, who awarded her a best new playwright accolade.

Instead of claiming this is any form of the vile televised reality shows, featuring "black" women behaving badly; you should all wonder: what should be the punishment of this woman and her co-conspirators, Man Bites Dog Theater? Many of the things they have done are punishable under North Carolina law.

Further, I would never wish this situation upon my worst enemy. This has been an extremely painful and extraordinarily costly event for me. She had mounted the play, months before she made any contact with me. She thanked, according to Byron Woods, the theater critic of Indyweek, over 160 people in the playbill of the play. None of the 'thanked' were the other two women she stole sentences from; and my name was absent, despite the paragraphs and sentences she stole from me. Instead of placing any blame upon me; take a moment to consider why she and her co-conspirators should be free to steal?

I wish she had stolen my car, or burgled my home, instead. Wait! She did! She broke into a book, selectively stole what she wanted, including way too much of my essay, from a book that was partially named after my essay. Is ignoring this ongoing travesty a way to respond? #blacklivesmatter

So does their work.

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Posted by Plagiarized by Chaunesti Webb Lyon on 02/09/2015 at 8:08 PM

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