About: Ms. Veralyn

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Veralyn Williams has a B.A. in Media Studies from Hunter College, and has been tackling questions about identity, social norms, and community since she picked up her first microphone 10 years ago. She is currently works to build power in Central Brooklyn as Communications Organizer at Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC), a membership-led, direct-action, community organizing group. Before joining BMC, Veralyn spent 6 years as a Multimedia Freelance Journalist, producing and reporting award-winning stories for WNYC’s Radio Rookies. Her work has also been featured on NPR, Bedsider.org, WBAI, BronxNet Television, and on her personal blog, VeralynMedia.com. Veralyn is a Board Member and Co-Founder of Telem Center for the African Child, a nonprofit providing cultural, educational and recreational programs for children of African descent to explore and celebrate their heritage. Through all of her endeavors she aims to give a voice to perspectives that are often forgotten in the media.

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The End of NPR’s Blackest Show (Ebony.com)

Believe it or not, I was actually listening to Michel Martin, NPR’s Tell Me More (TMM) host and Marilyn Geewax, NPR’s Senior Business Editor tell me why 3 million young people, like myself, are missing from the housing market when I got a text telling me NPR was canceling TMM, their daily news show created to appeal primarily to an audience […]


Third Rail Eps 8: The Personal is Political

BMC Third Rail podcast is where BMC’s organizers, deconstruct hot topics and social justice issues that impact the lives of Central Brooklynites. Airing once a month, every 1st Friday! Hosts: Bios Here Guests Taja Lindley, Founder, Managing Member, Colored Girls Hustle Jessica Valoris, Visual artist, Performing artist, and Poet Segments 1. Colored Girl Hustle: Audre […]


What We Should Have Gotten From #BringBackOurGirls

On the morning I heard about the 200+ Nigerian girls who were kidnapped at their Chibok boarding school by the militant group Boko Haram I was with guy I’m seeing, who happens to be Nigerian. We were listening to the BBC and he (basically) assured me this happens all the time, that they (Boko Haram) […]


Third Rail Eps 7: Laughing to Keep From Crying

BMC Third Rail podcast is where BMC’s organizers, deconstruct hot topics and social justice issues that impact the lives of Central Brooklynites. Airing once a month, every 1st Friday! Hosts: Bios Here Guests Lois Thompson, Producer, Comedian & Host, The Brown Girl Comedy Show L. Michelle, Comedian, Actress, and Writer Segments 1. Brown Girl Comedy: […]


Third Rail Eps 6: Organizing & Funding the Revolution

BMC Third Rail podcast is where BMC’s organizers, deconstruct hot topics and social justice issues that impact the lives of Central Brooklynites. Airing once a month, every 1st Friday! Hosts: Bios Here Guests Braeden Lentz, Development Manager, Urban Justice Center Maurice Mitchell, Coordinator, New York Civic Engagement Table Segments 1. Black Community Organizing: Is there […]


Third Rail Eps 5: Social Justice. You about this life?

BMC Third Rail podcast is where BMC’s organizers, deconstruct hot topics and social justice issues that impact the lives of Central Brooklynites. Airing once a month, every 1st Friday! Hosts: Bios Here Guests Mark Winston Griffith, BMC’s Executive Director Segments 1. Music that changed me: Music is a huge part of how we come to […]


Third Rail Eps 4: Gentrification in Central Brooklyn

BMC Third Rail podcast is where BMC’s organizers, deconstruct hot topics and social justice issues that impact the lives of Central Brooklynites. Airing once a month, every 1st Friday! Hosts: Bios Here Guests Mychal Denzel Smith, Writer, Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute Marlon Peterson, Writer, Director of Community Relations, Fortune Society Segments 1. Cycle of Gentrification: A recent Spike […]


Third Rail Eps 3: Health and Care when Community Organizing

BMC Third Rail podcast is where BMC’s organizers, deconstruct hot topics and social justice issues that impact the lives of Central Brooklynites. Airing once a month, every 1st Friday! Hosts: Bios Here Guests Deesha Narichania, Director of Programs, Girls for Gender Equity Matt Birkhold, Executive Director, Brecht Forum Segments 1. What is your self-care policy? Inspiration: “How About […]


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    My new essay explores how Beyonce’s feminist stance in pop culture helped frame my own feminist awakening:

    "I am in my 30s and was emboldened by Beyonce’s feminist stance on that stage, and can’t help but believe that that image will be equally as powerful to young people who witness that moment, whose first engagement with feminism will be that moment. Maybe, just maybe, Beyonce will serve as the bridgebetween pop culture and feminists like bell and Barbara and Audre, maybe some young woman bobbing her head to ‘Blow’ or ‘Partition’ or ‘Flawless’ will do so while reading Ain’t I A Woman? or Homegirls or Sister Outsider.”

    —FROM my new essay: My Feminist Awakening & the Influence of Beyonce’s Pop Culture Declaration



  • A friend who just graduated and going through the “I can’t find a job in my field” blues asked me for advice. I directed her to where I went for inspiration when I was going through the same thing. I still play this Will Smith video every time I doubt my purpose. Here is the full list I sent her.


  • Conversations by the pool

    Met two women from Toronto by the pool. After we exchanged pleasantries for a bit, they asked about #Ferguson— they’ve been watching news about it all week, they said. I told them about #EricGarner (they hadn’t heard about him). They informed me someone else was killed by police in St Louie last night (need to fact check that). We bonded in our frustration and helplessness as the Costa Rican sun hit our face. They said they hoped this moment was our generations civil rights movement. I agreed, then got up to get a drink.


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