This is Episode 9, Season 2 of The TMI Project Podcast: Black Stories Matter featuring TMI Project storytellers, mother-son duo Twinkle Burke and Ezra Burke. 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.
Twinkle isn't a teacher or a nurse, but sometimes she plays one on TV. Because in the acting world, producers and writers like to cast women of color as nurturers: teachers and nurses being the most popular forms.
11-year-old Ezra was playing in the street with his two friends when the cops were called for a "disturbance." During his questioning, Ezra began to worry about how he's perceived. He realized that he has a small panic attack every time he sees a police car.
Twinkle and Ezra’s stories were presented as part of TMI Project's Black Stories Matter true storytelling performance Truth to Power, which was presented at Pointe of Praise Church in Kingston, NY on June 21, 2019.
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