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"Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory"

Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group

~ KOTC STORYTELLERS / ARTISTS ~

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KOTC Logo (c) 1996 Columbus Knox

Please review all of our storytellers & contact them directly for a timely response. Thank you!

~ LIFE MEMBERS ~

KAREN "Queen Nur" ABDUL-MALIK

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Past president of The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and  of KOTC. Queen Nur was featured in Essence Magazine and recently facilitated a storytelling project in Cameroon, Africa.




contact queen nur

NASHID FURAHA ALI

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"Storyteller For Peace"

Before Black Panther...

we had Brother Ali, a multi-instrumental griot for peace & unity.

Nashid is also a jewellery artisan and master drummer. 



CONTACT NASHID

CHARLOTTE BLAKE - ALSTON

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A founding member of KOTC. Charlotte is a recent recipient of The National Association of Black Storyteller's Brother Blue Storytelling Award. Charlotte is a international Storyteller, Griot and Jeli. She is storyteller-in-residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra. 



CONTACT CHARLOTTE

RON CARTER

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Professional Drummer, Poet & Historical Re-enactor, Ron brings to life Frederick Douglas and other great men of color!



contact bro. ron

BARBARA EASLEY-COX

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Barbara tells real life stories of her life and experiences as a member of the Black Panther Party.



contact barbara

CAROLIESE FRINK-REED, Phd.

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Storyteller, Librarian and Director of the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival & Conference. Dr. Frink Reed holds a PHD. in African American Studies and Folktales.

Contact dr. caroliese

WANDA GIGETTS

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Founding Member, Past President, Educator, Storyteller, Creative Director. Wanda tells folktales and real tales of the past and present for all ages.



Contact Wanda

DARLENE MURPHY

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Philadelphia poet, author and educator.  She has penned eight books, including African Animals A-Z a Book of Rhyme and Poetry.

Contact "Deeci"

ATIYA OLA SANKOFA

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Storyteller, Community Activist and Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Food Advocate. Atiya Ola is the owner and chef of ATIYA OLA'S SPIRIT FIRST FOODS. 

Contact Atiya Ola

Keepers Of The Culture Members 2019

NZINGA ASEL-EL

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Mama Nzinga 

"The Poet"

is a Philly based Performing Artist.  She is still exciting her audiences by sharing her Jazz Poetry and Cultural Stories for the last two decades.

A Storyteller and Educator.  

Nzinga "The Poet", uses her Art to Educate, Motivate and Uplift!

Nzinga "The Poet" is available for : Live Performances, Workshops, Residencies, and Classes.


CONTACT NZINGA

JANICE "JAWARA" BISHOP

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A founding member of KOTC, Jawara tells her grandfather's tales, original and fictional stories. A published author, her story "The Crumb Snatchers" is published in "Jump Up and Say! A Collection of Black Storytelling"  edited by Linda and Clay Goss. 


CONTACT JAWARA

KAREN BLAYLOCK

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Sunshine, Sparkles & Stories!

Karen is also available in the state of Delaware.


CONTACT KAREN





PAUL D. BEST

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Paul is serving as our President. He is a elementary school teacher in Philadelphia. He loves telling stories, personal, real and imaginary. A dynamic and humorous teller, he enjoys taking on characters and engaging everyone in his story circle. Youth focus, listen and learn interesting life lessons in his stories.


CONTACT

OUR SUN PAUL 


DETRIA "DEE" MORRISON

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Dee is a spoken word artist & poet. She is one of our early members and a long time supporter of KOTC. 

She presently serves as our Vice-President.


CONTACT MAMA DEE



BERNADETTE "BIRDY" ROGERS

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 "Ms. Birdy" made her debut performance in Kwanzaa 2018. She also serves as our Recording Secretary.  


CONTACT MS. BIRDY


IRMA GARDNER-HAMMOND

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 "Storytelling Irma" - past president, is a life time advocate for inter-generational storytelling. 

A historical re-enactor and singer with guitar in hand, she brings alive stories with music and interactive songs for all ages. 


CONTACT STORYTELLING IRMA


TOURE CLARK

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For Information

CONTACT TOURE



BERNADENE DAVIS

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"Momma Bernadene" is a author, book publisher, songwriter and vocalist. Her workshop offerings include poetry, personal development, social sustainability and celibacy. She is also a member of International Book Publishers Association.


CONTACT BERNADENE

JOANN FRASIER DASENT

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Storyteller and mentor, Joann is also the founder of ROOTS, Regenerating Our Offspring Through Stories, Inc. "Auntie Jo Jo" retold and published Aesop's fable, "A Farmer, His Son and Their Mule: A Teachable Moment." 


CONTACT AUNTIE JOJO



SAUNDRA ELLIS HILL

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ERMA HOLMES

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Professional comedian, Erma reveals the humor in hue-man nature.


CONTACT ERMA

ONI LASANA

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International storyteller, spoken word artist, poet, musician, performing and teaching artist.

 Oni stepped into storytelling through the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. She offers historical, modern & wellness programs for pre-school to adult audiences.


CONTACT ONI

ROLAND HASAN SHARPE

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Brother Hasan debut as a growing Griot, with his telling of Aesop's "Sticks in a Bundle" for Family Day 2018. 

His memorable presentation was an excellent example of reaping what you sow.


CONTACT  HASAN

MAMA CARLA WILEY

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"Mom Read" is a librarian, storyteller of folktales, real tales and historical events.  A sharer of stories for everyone and all ages. 


CONTACT MAMA CARLA

REV. DENISE TROUTMAN-WOOTEN

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BABA SETH YELDELL

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Stories for all ages.


CONTACT BRO. SETH

COUSIN MILLIE

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Family stories from your favorite cousin!


CONTACT COUSIN MILLIE

Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. ~ Akan proverb

Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.

~ Akan proverb

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AYA the Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. 

The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. 

"An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has 

endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty." 

(Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)


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Your generous tax-deductible donations will fund our mission. 


Your support will also allow us to bring quality arts-in-education programs to under served schools and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and in the PA, NJ, DE tri-state area.


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