Inside Black Stories Matter - October 1st - TMI Project

Inside Black Stories Matter
with Special Guests Gwen wright & erica brown

Thursday, October 1st, 7-8:30pm EST

In Your Home on Zoom

Join Inside Black Stories Matter Host Jessieca McNabb, Black Stories Matter Workshop Leaders Dara Lurie and Micah, special guests Gwen Wright, Former Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and storyteller Erica Brown to explore the connection between the personal and the political, and to discuss intimate partner violence.

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.

Gwen Wright
Special Guest, Former Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Gwen Wright retired from the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic in 2019. She was appointed to the position of Executive Director by Governor Andrew M. Coumo in 2013. She served in several positions for close to 30 years with the agency. She has supervised training and policy programs in the areas of child welfare, social services and public benefits, substance abuse and mental health, health care and criminal justice. She is the former Executive Director of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Additionally, she has worked in local domestic violence programs in Ulster and Westchester counties and is the past President of the Pride Center of the Capitol Region, In Our Own Voices, and A Call to Men. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and Empire State College.

Erica Brown
Special Guest Storyteller

Erica Brown is life-long resident of Kingston, NY, currently working as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Radio Kingston. She is a board member of the Kingston Farmer’s Market and supports other nonprofits in the Hudson Valley. Erica is the mother of two incredible young men and loves being able to work as an active member in the City of 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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