Stories in Black & White – Sheryl Bize-Boutte, Kate Farrell, Chic Street Man

(Author of Story Power) Kate Farrell joins a rich conversation about race in America on Napa’s Community Radio.

Two writers share their stories as young girls in the segregated South, one black and one white. The storytelling is followed by a rich conversation about race in America. Music by Chic Street Man. Have you ever wanted to have a conversation about race but were unsure how to begin? Perhaps you have wondered how to create lasting friendships based on deep conversations about racism? Please join us for a heartfelt, eye-opening exploration.

Sheryl Bize-Boutte 
Pushcart Prize nominee Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an Oakland multidisciplinary writer whose autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry, artfully succeed in getting across deeper meanings about the politics of race and economics without breaking out of the narrative. Her first novel, Betrayal on the Bayou, was followed with a poetry collection written with her daughter Dr. Angela M. Boutte, titled No Poetry No Peace, published in 2020.  She is a popular literary reader, presenter, storyteller, curator, and emcee for local events. 

Kate Farrell
As a storyteller, author, and librarian, Kate founded the Word Weaving Storytelling Project and published numerous educational materials on storytelling. She has contributed to and edited award-winning anthologies of personal narrative, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s, and Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence. Farrell’s new book, on the art of storytelling for adults, is Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories. Recently, Farrell presented workshops for adults on the art of storytelling at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Kate is now offering virtual workshops for libraries and writing groups, as well as performing virtually as a storyteller.

Chic Street Man
Chic Streetman has been called an Ambassador for Peace & Goodwill. He has performed at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York and in two Peace Child productions touring to Russia and Poland.
Chic recorded his first album in Paris, France and has released numerous albums: Guns Away; Everybody Be Yo’self;  Beau-ti-ful, Lullablues, and a single called Sidewinder.  On this show, you’ll get to hear some brand new songs from Chic’s newest album, Left Foot Down, produced by his friend Keb Mo.

In addition to concerts and festivals, Chic is an award winning composer,  performer  and theater director who has composed and performed in an extensive list of theatrical productions. To name just a few:
He received an Audelco Award and an NAACP Theater Arts Award for his music and performance in Spunk. He composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company’s It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, and toured with the show.  For a full list of Chic’s many accomplishments, go to:  Find his music here:

Story Power by Kate Farrell

Story power

Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories

Stories are everywhere. The art of storytelling has been around as long as humans have. And in today’s noisy, techy, automated world, storytelling is not only prevalent—it’s vital. Whether you’re interested in enlivening conversation, building your business brand, sharing family wisdom, or performing on stage, Story Power will show you how to make use of a good story.

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