We mourn the passing of DENISE "Story Mama" VALENTINE
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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.
"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.
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.
Professional Drummer, Poet & Historical Re-enactor, Ron brings to life Frederick Douglas and other great men of color!
Barbara tells real life stories of her life and experiences as a member of the Black Panther Party.
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.
Founding Member, Past President, Educator, Storyteller, Creative Director. Wanda tells folktales and real tales of the past and present for all ages.
Storyteller, Community Activist and Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Food Advocate. Atiya Ola is the owner and chef of ATIYA OLA'S SPIRIT FIRST FOODS.
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.
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.
Sunshine, Sparkles & Stories!
Karen is also available in the state of Delaware.
Paul is serving as our President. He is a middle 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.
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.
"Ms. Birdy" made her debut performance in Kwanzaa 2018. She also serves as our Recording Secretary.
"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.
"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.
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."
Professional comedian, Erma reveals the humor in hue-man nature.
International storyteller, poet, musician, performing and teaching artist. Oni stepped into storytelling through the spoken word poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar. She offers a variety of folktales, modern stories, and historical reenactments.
Oni can also be heard in the award winning audio book "Hip Hop Speaks To Children" edited by Nikki Giovanni.
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.
"Mom Read" is a librarian, storyteller of folktales, real tales and historical events. A sharer of stories for everyone and all ages.
Dr. Denise M. Wooten-Troutman is a mother and grandmother, a forty-year certified educator, Pastor of WDEBC Evangelistic Church, historical and biblical dramatist, motivational speaker, and the founder of DeMi Woo-T LLC.
Family stories from your favorite cousin!
Pam is a storyteller, writer, Poet, Photographer, recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr, Freedom medal and a decorated Army Veteran.
Mom Pamma loves telling stories, especially children's original and imaginary animal stories while using rain sticks.
She is the author of a recorded story, How The Zebra Got His Stripes.
Jackie is a docent at the historic Johnson House in Philadelphia.
The Johnson House is a National Historic Landmark in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, significant for its role in the antislavery movement and the Underground Railroad.
We welcome aspiring & professional storytellers, artists, musicians, poets, & all creatives who are in support of our mission, to join us!
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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KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE, INC.
Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group
P. O. BOX 15083
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Contact our president, Paul D. Best
Voicemail: 1-317-759-4732 / kotcPhilly@gmail.com
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