A few weeks ago, I got my "Moth moment:" I was able to share my story of performing at the Oregon State Penitentiary on the Tenx9 stage. Tenx9 Nashville is a Belfast-originated monthly community storytelling night in Nashville, Tennessee where 9 people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their … Continue reading My OMG Moment at Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling
In Portland, Oregon, a brave community college launched a new project that “seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.” It’s called Whiteness History Month. And it has received equal parts scorn as well as praise. It should be noted that the endeavor itself isn’t “White … Continue reading What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us
Another one of my new talks has just been released. Please take a moment to watch this. I hope it inspires you to rethink assumptions that we make about others.
Before you buy into a label or stereotype about someone, even if is one that is self-imposed and especially if it is one that is in direct conflict with your own beliefs, ask questions before you make assumptions.
In the wake of the Ferguson decision, of the 14 additional unarmed youth who have been killed in the past week, and in the face of vast disparities facing our country at every level, I believe that this is an important discussion that we need to be having. Please watch this talk - and if you … Continue reading My Newest TED Talk: Give Racism a Chance
This week, a controversy erupted over a local show in Portland, OR. It all stemmed from the promotional artwork meant to look like a Black Friday sale advertisement: The ad features several racial stereotypes about black culture: cocoa butter, oversized basketball jerseys, grills, and so on. Understandably, local racial justice activists were upset by this poster … Continue reading How a Portland Event Being Cancelled Demonstrated White Privilege
I'm excited to announce my appearance at my first TEDx event! Join me on Saturday, May 3 at the University of Washington campus for the TEDxUofW event this year. It's an incredible honor to be a part of this legacy event. Register here. I'll also be delivering a keynote at the Business for Culture and … Continue reading Just Confirmed: TEDxUofW and the Business for Culture and the Arts
This past weekend, I lectured at Stanford University on the "Reclaiming of Words and Ideas." Reclaiming cultural icons, symbols, language, and ideas (otherwise known as reappropriation) has something that has been occurring through nearly every social strata of human history for thousands of years. In recent decades, social justice activists have been using this tactic … Continue reading Stanford University Recap
In the world of marketing and communication, the words ‘diversity,’ ‘inclusion,’ and ‘representation’ are often thrown around and emphasized but in a very superficial manner. Specialists will look at a catalog or commercial and suggest to include more people of color, nontraditional gender roles, or different body types. While all of these things are important, … Continue reading How to Reach Out to a Diverse Audience Without Being Offensive