Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Black Stories Matter
Curated by Darryl Graves
Produced by Ana Montañez and Miles Schneiderman
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Show at 7PM Available on YouTube
And on the Odyssey Storytelling Podcast August 14th
The essence of our organization is to create community one story at a time. We hold space for people to tell their stories and, share their lived experiences and, more importantly, for others to simply listen. Time and again this has created connections and strengthened our Tucson community.
Odyssey Storytelling is proud to announce a special event to honor and enhance Black voices. Many storytelling organizations have held similar shows across the country, and similarly we are donating any proceeds for this event to the Tucson chapter of the NAACP.
In his earlier years, Bryan Castle moved around the United States & overseas. But living in the the southwest in the early 2000’s provided him with a new experience altogether. Bryan has been a resident of Arizona for over 25 years living in various parts of the areas from border towns like Nogales & Patagonia to more urban areas like Tucson. During his time in Arizona , he has seen and experienced many different aspects of being black in Southwest.
Bryan has worked tirelessly in sharing the art of capoeira and visual cultural traditions from Brazil and the African Diaspora. He now owns Movement Culture, a space for the community to dance,play, drum, learn, and bond. It provides a level of culture beyond the bars and business, that provides Tucsonans a chance to connect to roots, and heritage. He has discovered that by embracing his commitment to the philosophies of Capoeira and the beauty of Afro-Brazilian culture he has achieved a deeper sense of community, a richer understanding of self, and a greater understanding of the importance of family and relationships.
Stephanie Lyonga is an Army Veteran, born in Cameroon, West Africa and currently lives in Tucson, AZ. She’s been doing stand up comedy for the past 5 years, but prior served 7 years in the US Army with one deployment to Iraq in 2003. Stephanie has a fiance and they share two children whom she often mentions in her comedy sets.
Michael Bo Phillips, was born in San Diego, CA and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona where he pursues a career in acting.
Son of Super Bowl Champion Irvin Phillips, his life has taken many different routes. He has an open mind and an open heart. He embraces his love for music (playing piano, singing and rapping). Acting is his natural passion, but music is his heart and soul.
Martha T. Wills and William O Wills are great grand parents, grand parents and parents to an incredible family. They also lead an extended family of community members through the Racial Reconciliation Community Outreach Network (RRCON) which is a subsidiary of their Sunshine Ministries Inc. Although it was founded in 1987, their ministry has existed long before that.
Find out more at: www.facebook.com/TucsonRRCON/
Curator: Born and Raised in Tucson Az Darryl Graves uses his creative energy in many different forms has been on the local comedy scene for 7+ years. Also a business Owner running a successful business in Maintenance for almost 3 years. More recently trying his hand in production with open mic shows at the rock as well as charity events. A person with a non stop drive. A father and family man trying to do right by those two things.