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EPISODE #2 | When Dara Met Audre Lorde

Pronouns: She/Her

Starting from a young age, we all develop unconscious biases from subtle and not-so-subtle messages we pick up from our environment. In this episode, Season 2 Co-host Dara Lurie takes the stage to share how an unexpected “family shipwreck” from her childhood allowed her to catch her own internalized racism before it was too late.

I’m profoundly grateful I spent a year as an orphan living in a state-run ‘home’ with Black girls I never would never have known or been able to imagine in my previous life as a well-loved, well-fed and well-dressed child riding in a private school bus to a private school with other kids like me. Before this, my own racism had been invisible to me.

Episode Notes:

This is Episode 2, Season 2 of The TMI Project Story Hour: Black Stories Matter featuring TMI Project storyteller and Co-director of Black Stories Matter, Dara Lurie. 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.

In addition to leading TMI Project’s Black Stories Matter program, Dara is an author and manuscript coach. She received a B.A. in Film & Theater from Vassar College and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College. Dara grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and migrated in the early 1980s to West Berlin, Germany, where she tended bar, wrote, and performed in the theater while living in different communities of squatters, Green Party activists, journalists, teachers, and social workers. Her first book, Great Space of Desire; Writing for Personal Evolution, is a memoir and creative guide for writers wishing to tell their own stories



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Episode Contributors:

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


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