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A storytelling boutique. An online platform for diverse news, especially for women, journalists and artists. We curate, write, edit, and publish content; produce films, events, creative arts. We focus on food, environment, and public history. Racism, ageism, and sexism are our daily dialogues.

Mission: Discover, share polycultural stories. Advocacy for womyn, artists, and entrepreneurs.

With Events updates from Coming to the Table--New York City chapter and Brooklyn chapter, in development!
11/02/2019
Narrative Network on Google

With Events updates from Coming to the Table--New York City chapter and Brooklyn chapter, in development!

Narrative Network is honored to sponsor 1619Brooklyn.com, a creative arts and education website to commemorate the beginning of American slavery (1619-2019) with a focus on Brooklyn. Check out the history Timeline, Events and ongoing dialogues on race and slavery in the Blog. Please like us on Twitt...

11/01/2019
Columbia Law School

On the constitutive role of slavery in US law!

Professors Kimberlé Crenshaw, Maeve Glass, Jamal Greene, Bernard Harcourt, and Kendall Thomas discuss the constitutive role of slavery in American law starting in 1619, the first year enslaved African people were brought to North America.

Meet my friend Phoebe, who found her Black cousins and other linked ancestors. Together they promote reconciliation, pea...
10/25/2019
CJP at 25: Celebrate, Reflect, Dream with Phoebe Kilby - EMU News

Meet my friend Phoebe, who found her Black cousins and other linked ancestors. Together they promote reconciliation, peace-building, and healing!

During the 2019-20 academic year, as the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding commemorates its 25th anniversary, a series of guest authors will share reflections about CJP’s personal impact. We want

Opportunity: Schomburg Publicist job- https://jobs-nypl.icims.com/jobs/10954/publicist---schomburg-center-for-research-i...
10/16/2019
Publicist - Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Manhattan, New York | Careers at The New York Public Library

Opportunity: Schomburg Publicist job- https://jobs-nypl.icims.com/jobs/10954/publicist---schomburg-center-for-research-in-black-culture/job

The Media Relations Department strategically promotes the services, staff, and initiatives of The New York Public Library via earned media outlets. These mentions are critical to raising overall awareness of the Library, which impacts key metrics such as attendance, library card sign ups, donations,...

Should Southern newspapers apologize for flaming violence against Black people? https://www.poynter.org/maligned-in-blac...
10/07/2019
Maligned in black and white: Southern newspapers played a major role in racial violence. Do they owe their communities an apology? - Poynter

Should Southern newspapers apologize for flaming violence against Black people? https://www.poynter.org/maligned-in-black-white/?fbclid=IwAR0p9kUWR4nWEpC5i56RWiNNeLuU45n_H5pDfyZ2DeErex_l1xPxoxBDT4k

Maligned in black and whiteSouthern newspapers played a major role in racial violence. Do they owe their communities an apology? By Mark I. Pinsky Following the Civil War up until the Civil Rights Movement — and beyond — white-owned newspapers across the South served as cheerleaders for white su...

Remember those lies in history books about 'happy slaves'? I didn't save my history books from those days. But this one ...
10/07/2019
“Happy Slaves” Described In 7th Grade Virginia Textbook Used for 20 Yrs.

Remember those lies in history books about 'happy slaves'? I didn't save my history books from those days. But this one is still around.

Published in 1956 and used in Virginia classrooms through the late 1970’s, Virginia: History, Government, Geography by Francis B. Simkins and Spotswood H. Jones, and Sidman P. Poole describes…

10/07/2019
BBC Two

Black British identities!

Meet the Black British figures you might not have learnt about in school.

Director Akinola Davies unearths their forgotten stories for the series 'Black to Life'.

Women writers' names on Columbia University banner!
10/06/2019

Women writers' names on Columbia University banner!

The Butler Banner Project, bearing the names of eight female-identifying writers, is part of an exhibition led by students and supported by Columbia University Libraries.

This year's project emulates similar banners displayed on Butler in 1989 and 1994.

The eight names were selected by a committee of Columbia and Barnard students and a survey of the Columbia College student body.

My religious friend reflects on 'cheap grace.' Being forgiven without repentance! We all saw the brother hug his brother...
10/04/2019
Dear White People: About Botham Jean, Forgiveness, Justice, and Cheap Grace

My religious friend reflects on 'cheap grace.' Being forgiven without repentance! We all saw the brother hug his brother's murderer. https://karyncarlo.net/2019/10/03/dear-white-people-about-botham-jean-forgiveness-justice-and-cheap-grace/?fbclid=IwAR0JqSaqpMMSj-xxAuuyLPSKMXZMLSMQFTtz9DTL3yREyjyB4RLqz5VdBTU

Yesterday we watched the sentencing of a white woman, a former cop, convicted of murdering a black man named Botham Jean in his own apartment, unarmed, eating ice cream. She received the very minim…

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10/04/2019
Narrative Network on Google

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Narrative Network will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019, in honor of Indigenous People's Day, not Columbus Day.

Amazing reparations program at Bklyn Historical Society! Thank you for the lively dialogue and great books! Panelists: P...
10/03/2019

Amazing reparations program at Bklyn Historical Society! Thank you for the lively dialogue and great books! Panelists: Prof. Adam Rothman, Georgetown U Archives; Melisande Short-Colomb, 63, a student at Georgetown U that enslaved her ancestors; Rachel Swarms, NYT writer; Katherine Franks, Columbia professor!

'History is not always wrapped up with a bow. We want our heroes to remain heroes. We tend to avoid history that takes u...
10/03/2019
President James K. Polk, enslaver | The Slave Dwelling Project

'History is not always wrapped up with a bow. We want our heroes to remain heroes. We tend to avoid history that takes us out of our comfort zones. Purging Natives, enslaving Africans and interning Japanese are subject matters that do not align with “America the beautiful,” “huddled masses,” “in God we trust,” “the pursuit of happiness,” and “a more perfect Union.”

On Tuesday, March 14, 1845, President James K Polk was sworn in by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, infamous for the Dred Scott Decision. History is not always

People, just say No! to plantation weddings!
10/03/2019
Stop Getting Married On Plantations

People, just say No! to plantation weddings!

Monuments to slavery won’t lose their romantic allure until Americans understand the horrors of their own history. 

In honor of Jewish New Year, I share my genealogy discovery of my Jewish heritage in a revised blog re-post. Shana Tova ...
09/29/2019
Spiritual Diversity

In honor of Jewish New Year, I share my genealogy discovery of my Jewish heritage in a revised blog re-post. Shana Tova - Happy New Year - 5780! https://www.sylviawongproductions.com/2013/10/07/spiritual-diversity/

Besides delicious food, one of the best things about growing up in a multicultural family is spiritual diversity. Whenever I am asked about religion, I say that I am very spiritual. Born into a Chi…

Join us! Save the Date October 2, 7pm, BHS- Reparations discussion! #1619project, #400yearsofInequity
09/26/2019
Sowing Resolution: The Case for Reparations in Action

Join us! Save the Date October 2, 7pm, BHS- Reparations discussion! #1619project, #400yearsofInequity

As a national conversation about reparations takes root, BHS and the Social Science Research Council gather a panel of experts to unpack the notion of reparations broadly, examine various forms that reparations might take, and look at one concrete example happening today. In 1838, Georgetown Univers...

Soul vegan dinner: Bindi style okra, roasted chana beans, delicata squash, fried plantains, dragon tongue long beans sti...
09/26/2019
New photo by SylviaWong Lewis

Soul vegan dinner: Bindi style okra, roasted chana beans, delicata squash, fried plantains, dragon tongue long beans stir fry!

To my tea head friends out there, join me for this tea festival! It's a blast!
09/22/2019
2019 Tea Drunk Festival

To my tea head friends out there, join me for this tea festival! It's a blast!

Tea Drunk is turning 6 years old, and you’re invited to the party! Come celebrate with us during a special tea festival!

Small talk is important. But I noticed it's different with People of Color and White people. Please don't ask me why am ...
09/22/2019
The Awkward but Essential Art of Office Chitchat

Small talk is important. But I noticed it's different with People of Color and White people. Please don't ask me why am I there especially if I am the only POC in the room. Be careful with your questions. We should learn how to talk to each other. Most times people don't remember what you said exactly. But they do remember how you made them feel. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/style/the-awkward-art-of-office-small-talk.html?/smid=linkedin

We regret to inform you that you need to make small talk with your co-workers. Here’s how to master it.

Join us for this vital conversation about American history! #1619Project #1619Brooklyn
09/10/2019
The Impact of Slavery and the Myth of the Free North

Join us for this vital conversation about American history! #1619Project #1619Brooklyn

The slave economy is often associated with images of Southern plantations, but it played a major role in the Northern states and cities nationwide, becoming a fundamental building block of the country. Cornell University professor Edward Baptist and NYU professor Michele Mitchell discuss the history...

Sistahs, Get your exit strategy ready!
09/09/2019

Sistahs, Get your exit strategy ready!

Congratulations #BOSSFounder @iamCameka 🎉 -Repost @leaninorg ・・・
Women of color typically receive less support from their managers than white women—and Black women experience the least support, according to our Women in the Workplace study.⁠⠀
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The sentiment of feeling unwelcome in the traditional corporate setting is one that is familiar to Cameka Smith, founder of @thebossnetwork. ⁠⠀
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"I was laid off after being in education for over 10 years,” Cameka shares. “I always had an entrepreneurial spirit and, after seeing so many people lose their jobs in 2009 after the recession, I knew I wanted to be my own BOSS. My first business was a marketing and events company so I decided to create a series of events to help women of color network, find resources and learn from other successful women. After the success of the events, I knew I had to keep the women connected, so I launched an online community digital platform thebossnetwork.org." ⁠⠀
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Cameka suspects entrepreneurship is becoming more and more appealing to others who feel invisible and underrepresented in the workplace.⁠⠀
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"Women of color are starting to see themselves as their own bosses and realize they have the power and talent to create multi-million dollar business and hire talent that is reflective of them."⁠⠀
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Swipe 👉🏾 to learn even more about women of color leaving cubicle culture behind. Tag your favorite women-led business to raise visibility. ⁠#BOSSTurns10

Remember the 'lost cause'? How American history about the Civil War got distorted!
09/07/2019
UVA and the History of Race: The Lost Cause Through Judge Duke’s Eyes

Remember the 'lost cause'? How American history about the Civil War got distorted!

One in an occasional series about the findings of the President’s Commissions on Slavery and on the University in the Age of Segregation. Today’s installment explores UVA’s role in promulgating a racist post-Civil War creed known as the “Lost Cause.”

We have always been the sports 'talent' at white universities. Why not leave for Black colleges? Interesting points. htt...
09/05/2019
It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges

We have always been the sports 'talent' at white universities. Why not leave for Black colleges? Interesting points. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/10/black-athletes-should-leave-white-colleges/596629/?fbclid=IwAR26z433Dfh83QBmypJwX3oYq8RYBqTUKxYxLUjk3N6KVLbgLm6akh2ntj0

They attract money and attention to the predominantly white universities that showcase them, while HBCUs struggle. What would happen if they collectively decided to go to black schools?

The beauty of anti-racism work! - Thank you, Ally Henny
09/05/2019

The beauty of anti-racism work! - Thank you, Ally Henny

'Boz' inspires women to speak up and take up more space! 'It takes practice' said Bozoma 'Boz' Saint John.
09/05/2019
How Powerhouse Bozoma "Boz" Saint John Inspires Women To Take Up Space

'Boz' inspires women to speak up and take up more space! 'It takes practice' said Bozoma 'Boz' Saint John.

Here's a teaser: “I didn’t get to a place of influence because I was quiet. None of us will have any impact or influence if we are quiet. So don’t be quiet. Be loud as hell.”

Calling out a threat to Black Philanthropy by a black group!
09/03/2019
Giving Black: What’s In A Name?

Calling out a threat to Black Philanthropy by a black group!

Controversy undermines a special day, but also a month and entire movement

US slavery test used in public schools!
09/02/2019
Test your knowledge on the history of US slavery

US slavery test used in public schools!

Most of these questions were provided by high school and middle school social studies teachers from public school districts in Birmingham, Ala.; Berkeley, Calif.; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Montgomery County, Md.; Concord, Mass.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Loudoun County, Va.  All images from Library of Congr...

In Brooklyn, my niece, 8, told me that she had a full History unit on Brooklyn's early Dutch 'settlers.' She said the te...
09/02/2019
It is America’s original sin. So why haven’t the nation’s schools done a better job of teaching about slavery?

In Brooklyn, my niece, 8, told me that she had a full History unit on Brooklyn's early Dutch 'settlers.' She said the teacher did not utter one word about Dutch slavery; about them being 'invaders' of Lenape tribal lands and 'murderers' of the indigenous people. She said she felt bad that her teachers lied to her!! But she does not want me to come to her school to tell the teacher off like my mother did when I was little! (Lol) People, how are we going to teach our children, other parents, teachers the truth? We must pay attention to outdated materials in our local schools. I didn't learn about slavery in elementary school either! I learned the truth at home.

Critics -- historians, educators, activists -- want to change how schools teach the subject.

09/02/2019
The New York Times Presents The #1619Project

Have you checked out the #1619project yet? Honor American history. Recognize African Americans. How powerful this begins with poetry.

Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. Tonight, we remember this anniversary with an...

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