Inside Black Stories Matter
with Special Guests Terry James & Freedom Walker

Thursday, August 6th, 7-8:30pm EST

In Your Home on Zoom

Inside Black Stories Matter Host Jessieca McNabb, Black Stories Matter Workshop Leaders Dara Lurie and Micah, special guests Terry James from The Slave Dwelling Project and storyteller Freedom Walker explore the connection between the personal and the political, and unpack how the past connects us to the present. 

All are welcome to join us to listen and learn, and leave with concrete anti-racism actions to positively impact the future.


“The Black Stories Matter Drop-in Workshop was like a pressure-valve-release of pent-up rage. I’ve been refocused, renewed, calmer, and less stressed ever since. I had been writing over, under, and around increasing outrage over anti-Black racism.”

– Black Stories Matter Workshop Participant Beetle Bailey

Jessieca McNabb
Program Host

Jessieca McNabb was born in Alabama and raised in Ulster County, NY. A sought-after entertainer, comedian, and emcee, Jessieca got her comedy career started at the Laughing Wolf Comedy Club in New Paltz, NY in the nineties. Other performance credits include Rosendale Theatre, Ole Savannah, The Bearsville Theatre, The Colony, Woodstock Pub, and her monthly gig at The Lodge. Since 2019, Jessieca has served as the emcee for multiple nonprofit organizations and charity events, including Black History Month Kingston, Kingston African American Festival, Harambee, and for TMI Project’s annual Voices in Action Benefit Showcase. Jessieca is an activist for Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ+ community and co-hosts popular Radio Kingston shows No One Like You, My Kingston Kids, and Harambee Radio.

Workshop Leader

In addition to leading TMI Project workshops, Micah serves as the manager at GWI’s (Good Works Institute) Greenhouse Kingston, a yoga teacher at Mudita, and creator of DAY 1 (a New Year’s Day community event). He is on the board of Wild Earth (a non-profit Wilderness School), Radio Kingston, The Center for Creative Education, and O+ (a nonprofit health and wellness festival for artists and creators). He also serves as City of Kingston’s Art Commissioner at the Kingston Farmers Market.

Dara Lurie
Workshop Leader

In addition to leading TMI Project workshops, Dara is an author and manuscript coach. She received a B.A. in Film & Theater from Vassar College and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College. Dara grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and migrated in the early 1980s to West Berlin, Germany, where she tended bar, wrote and performed in the theater while living in different communities of squatters, Green Party activists, journalists, teachers, and social workers. Her first book, Great Space of Desire; Writing for Personal Evolution, is a memoir and creative guide for writers wishing to tell their own stories.

Terry James
Special Guest, The Slave Dwelling Project

Terry James is the Executive Director of the Jamestown Foundation and Treasurer of the Board at the SC African American Heritage Foundation as well as a board member at the Slave Dwelling Project, for whom he has participated in 60+ overnight stays in spaces where the enslaved were once kept. Terry graduated from Radolph Community College with a degree in photographic technology. He also attended Florence Technical College and Coker College. Terry is the son of Joseph, who was the son of Tony, who was the son of Henry, who was the son of Charles, who was the son of Ervin, who was born on the Gibson Plantation in Marion County, SC in 1815. He is a member of the New Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florence, SC, where he resides with his wife Mrs. Sharon Bartell James and their three children.

Freedom Walker
Special Guest Storyteller

Freedom Walker came from the soul part of New York City’s Harlem and now lives in Kingston, NY. She’s a certified Creative Art Therapist, has a diploma in the Energy Healing Arts, and is a member of the Art Students League of New York City. Freedom Walker co-hosts the Radio Kingston show The Black Meta and also hosts the Cosmic Onion podcast for Radio Kingston.

“Absolutely life-changing. It revealed racism didn’t know I had and I’m grateful for that. The only way across is through!”

– Black Stories Matter at Bard College Audience Member

About Black Stories Matter

Black Stories Matter is TMI Project’s way to participate as an organization in the national outcry of injustice by using true storytelling to speak truth to power and to dismantle the white supremacist systems that hold racism in place. We support and amplify Black voices, share resources, and inspire anti-racist action. We acknowledge the historical predominance of white-centered narratives that permeate the cultural, political, and policy conversations in this country,  and seek to elevate the full spectrum of Black experience to its proper place within the realm of American discourse.  Learn more at

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Black Stories Matter is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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