EPISODE #7 | Erica Steps Away from the Corned Beef

Sometimes, the strength to stand up for yourself comes in the form of small bundles of hope. In this episode of The TMI Project Story Hour, Season 2: Black Stories Matter, Erica shares how her two children inspired her to finally say “enough” to her abusive partner of 5-years.

I fall silently to the floor. I wonder what we’re teaching our boys. When they grow up, will their partners race away for safety to shelter themselves from this conditioned anger?


This is Episode 7, Season 2 of The TMI Project Story Hour: Black Stories Matter featuring TMI Project storyteller Erica Brown. This episode was produced by Hayley Downs and mixed by Marlan Barry. It was co-produced by Radio Kingston. Special thanks to Ida Hakkila, Nate Brogan, Kale Kaposhilin, Jimmy Buff, and North Guild Productions. 

After years of enduring intimate partner violence, working mother Erica Brown reaches a tipping point in her lengthy, toxic, and abusive relationship, all thanks to a corned beef sandwich. Here she is reading her story at TMI Project’s first Black Stories Matter performance in 2017.


National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/

Watch Erica read her TMI Project story: https://vimeo.com/350820419

Inside Black Stories Matter featuring Erica Brown: https://vimeo.com/tmiproject/insideblackstoriesmatteroctober1st

NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Flyer


Eva Tenuto
Hayley Downs
Blake Pfeil
Sara DeRose
Edison Woods
Dara Lurie
Marlan Barry
Lauren Gill
Shantae Howell
Clarissa Marie Ligon
Erica Brown


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