Melanin Stories Matter presents its second show: Your Vote Matters
We are proud to be working with Story Fruition as the marketing sponsor of Melanin Stories Matter. We hope you’ll join us for the second storytelling show, “Your Vote Matters,” on Saturday, October 24 at 5pm PT/8pm ET.
Amidst nothing short of chaos, the 2020 election is possibly the most important in the entirety of U.S. history. Our guest storytellers will share powerful personal experiences to remind us all why Your Vote Matters—especially when so many people want you to think it doesn’t.
Melanin Stories Matter, produced by Story Fruition, is a storytelling project with the sole purpose of elevating Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC*) voices and magnifying their stories.
Meet the Storytellers
Raymond Christian, EdD
Ray is a retired Army Paratrooper, Combat veteran, Doctor of Education, Fulbright Specialist and an Expert in Education and Storytelling Narrative. He is also a former adjunct professor teaching African American History and Storytelling at Appalachian State University. His stories have appeared in Reader’s Digest’s 2016 Best Stories in America and in 2017’s American Hero’s edition. As a competitive storyteller, Ray is a 12-time Moth Story Slam Champion, and winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. His stories have been featured on the “Moth Radio Hour,” “Snap Judgment,” “Back Story Radio,” “Spooked,” “Story Collider,” and “Risk” podcasts. Ray resides in the remote, mountains of Watauga County, NC where he hosts and produces the podcast What’s Ray Saying.
Ly Cao, RN, MSN
Ly (pronounced “Lee”) is a hospital bedside registered nurse at a major teaching hospital and is a professor for the associated university; she is currently based out of Richmond, VA. Ly graduated with a Masters in Nursing and entered the field nearly a decade ago. Her time since graduating has been split between taking care of other humans and managing a geeky art business, PixelWho, along with her partner. She found her voice and a passion for speaking her mind through the convention circuit, and has now appeared on hundreds of panels and podcasts, interweaving her passion for diversity and her nurse’s love of humanity. Her PR skills helped her navigate the convention world and brought her into contact with the entertainment industry where she began to notice a lack of Asian representation. She came to realize the best way to fix that imbalance would be working from the inside to change it. However, when an unexpected pandemic forced her to choose between two paths, she decided that for now contributing as a real life superhero was what was needed until the world makes it through this immediate danger.
Gale Nelson, MS
Gale’s professional career includes over 20 years of nonprofit management and leadership experience. Currently, Gale is the President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. Since joining the team in July 2006, he has played a significant role in the growth and development of the agency’s mentoring and fund development programs. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, he served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at a moderate risk residential school for court adjudicated boys for twelve years. Gale is a highly effective public speaker and the consummate strategist who provides solution-focused leadership. His faith and his family continue to keep him grounded in helping youth and families.
Yvette-Marie Margaillan, MS, MEd, LBA, BCBA
Yvette-Marie Margaillan is a Mexican-American Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the Founder and CEO of ABA Consulting Group, its subsidiaries Academy for Autism and Autism Pediatrics, and her new startup Method Motivate. As a licensed therapist, she focuses on providing therapy to children with autism and provides training to families, schools, hospitals, and other medical practices. A first-generation American, she was the first in her family to graduate college and pursue an advanced degree. She became the youngest licensed behavioral therapist in Arizona at 24, and at the time, was one of the few Spanish speaking therapists in the region. Yvette saw it as a moral obligation not only to stay in her community but to try and build a community of Spanish speaking therapists to support the community.
Chris has been writing as long as he can remember, trying to tap into those emotions that unite us all. He’s written articles and essays, a blog series focusing on pop culture villains, and most recently, the novels in the Heaven Falls series. He lives in Austin with The Wife, his kids – the Boy and the Honey Badger, and a pack of dogs. Chris has a sense of humor like a Gremlin, a trash TV fetish, and telling stories is absolutely what he was meant to do.
Dawn is an educated Apache/ Dine woman born and raised on the Navajo Nation and San Carlos Reservation. Her passion and desire are to help educate and bring awareness of gut health and wellness to our Indigenous/ Native communities. She loves to spend time with family and enjoys hiking and the outdoors as a direct connection to Mother Earth. Dawn has developed a deeper understanding and passion for our cultural healing medicines in order to share and revitalize the movement to reclaim our own wellness journey.
Nathaniel Viets Van-Lier
Nathaniel is an Activist, Youth Social Worker, Facilitator, and Teaching Artist. Born and raised in Chicago, Nathaniel is most passionate about work with children, youth, and young adults in under-served communities in the city. He values art and music based approaches for learners of all ages, and had incorporated these mediums across a myriad of demographics and audiences. With over a decade of youth leadership development experience, he strives to only grow more in his work through the youth of the social impact organization” My Block My Hood My City”. Nathaniel believes radical change can happen in communities with the right tools and investment: He is thankful for every opportunity to be a part of that change.
Your Vote Matters Show Details
When: Saturday, October 24, 2020. Livestream starts at 5pm PT / 8pm ET (Livestream can be joined in-progress and restarted); Show will end about 6:30pm PT/ 9:30pm ET
Where: Private livestream channel (Link included with ticket purchase)
About Melanin Stories Matter
Melanin Stories Matter, produced by Story Fruition: This storytelling program showcases the impact of racism on the everyday life of BIPOC* (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) through individual stories. Our mission is to elevate BIPOC voices, magnify their stories and lived experiences, and inspire conscious effort by listeners to be educated, actively antiracist allies.
*We don’t really like the oversimplified catch-all of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, but the more we tried to include all ethnicities and identities, the more we felt like we were simply creating a laundry list and losing the big picture. So, to be clear: Melanin Stories Matter is a platform for ALL people of color who experience racism or colorism as a result of colonialism.