“Even though I never view myself as being white, I never view myself as being black either.”

While our storytellers rehearse their brand new stories, in preparation for Black Stories Matter: Truth to Power, taking place on June 21st at 7:30pm, we’re diving into TMI Project’s archive. Kesai Riddick’s story about family and his unique upbringing debuted in TMI Project’s original Black Stories Matter production in 2017. Kesai was raised by his white mom in the East Village. He missed having his dad around to model what it meant to be a black man. Luckily his uncle became like a surrogate father and introduced him to Buddhism and the concept of “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo” which eventually helped reunite Kesai with his dad in adulthood.

Meet Kesai:

 

TMI Project presents
Black Stories Matter: Truth to Power

Join TMI Project for Truth to Power a live storytelling performance featuring a cast of new storytellers who participated in a recent Black Stories Matter weekend intensive writing workshop. Black Stories Matter: Truth to Power will feature brand new stories that attest to the startling varieties and travails of the Black experience in America, and the shared threads of love, loss, fear, and kindness that connect us all. The free performance will be live streamed on Facebook, and will be followed by a facilitated community discussion about race, identity, and inclusion.

Fri, June 21, 2019, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Pointe of Praise Church
243 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

 

About Black Stories Matter

Black Stories Matter is TMI Project’s way of making an impact in addressing incidents of hate, bigotry and racial injustice in our local community while also participating as an organization in the national outcry of injustice. TMI Project’s mission with Black Stories Matter is to elevate the underrepresented stories of the Black experience in America – the full spectrum – the triumphs, humor, beauty, and resilience.

 

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