EPISODE #10 | Shai Checks “The Box”

Do you believe in second chances? For Shai Brown, after four years in prison, building a life that she’s proud of is an uphill battle. The trials and tribulations she faces on her road to redemption illustrate why rehabilitation can feel out of reach for those who seek a better path.

As much as I want to forget I’m a felon, society won’t allow it. Living your life under a microscope is a day-to-day struggle, and if you don’t have a support system or even someone to give you a chance, it’s possible you will re-commit and become a felon over and over again.


This is Episode 10, Season 2 of The TMI Project Story Hour: Black Stories Matter featuring TMI Project storyteller Shai 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. 

Growing up, Shai’s mother was the neighborhood booster: she sold what she stole to people in the neighborhood. It supported her drug habit, but she couldn’t do it alone: at six years old, Shalawn became her mother’s partner in crime. Shai reads her story at TMI Project’s first Black Stories Matter performance in 2017.


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


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