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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Third Rail Express: #IndictTheSystem

#IndictTheSystem: We discuss the non indictment of both cops who killed an unarmed Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Gardner in Staten Island, and the on-going protesting that has followed these grand jury decisions. And we ask what does real social justice organizing look like in this moment? Originally posted on Brooklyn Deep.


Third Rail Eps 15: National issues felt locally

In this episode of Third Rail we break down two conversations happening nationally and on a local level. First, by examining the mid-term elections and how the results will affect Central Brooklynites. Then in the wake of the resurfacing of rape accusations against Bill Cosby– we question if we should be indicting the “art” along with […]


Third Rail Eps 14: Revolutionary Birth

In “Revolutionary Birth” we discuss motherhood and womanhood in movement spaces with two mothers living in Central Brooklyn. And we share books that have shaped us politically. Guests Rae Gomes, Mother, Writer, & Activist Shatia Strother, Community Organizer, FUREE Segments 1. Motherhood, Womanhood & Movements: For women, deciding to be an activist means fighting a struggle […]


Third Rail Eps 13: Telling stories. Taking care of business.

In “Telling stories. Taking care of business.” we explore the intersection between citizen journalism and community entrepreneurship in Central Brooklyn. Guests Monique Greenwood, Owner & CEO, Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns Kai Wright, Editor-at-Large, Colorlines Segments 1. Journalism that Builds Community: Although digital and social media have opened up new ways for people to share stories […]


Third Rail Eps 12: Environmental Justice

In “Environmental Justice” we discuss ways we can elevate “green” concerns and the many connections to race, class, and gender. And we also challenge the idea that the environment is a “white” issue. Guests Harvir Kaur, Food Sovereignty Organizer, BMC Cynthia Moices, Environmental Justice Organizer, UPROSE Segments 1. Green in A Vacuum: In the social […]


Third Rail Eps 11: Street Talk

In “Street Talk” we discuss the most outrageous things that have been said or done to us on the street, and some of the ways we’ve reacted. Also in this installment, in the wake of Staten Island resident Eric Garner’s death at the hands of NYPD, we ask what has changed in Central Brooklyn policing […]


Third Rail Eps 10: Brooklyn Summer

Guests James Subudhi, BMC Board Member, Neighborhood Activist Britney Whaley, Political Organizer, Working Families PartyCenter Segments 1. 2014 Races & Elected Accountability: It’s summer! Which means free concerts, trips to Coney Island and… campaign season! What are the big races we should be paying attention to in Central Brooklyn? And how can we hold elected […]


Third Rail Eps 9: Almost Brooklyn Summer

Guests Aaron Freeman, Co-Host / Engineer, This Week in Blackness Radio Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center Segments 1. Is street harassment invisible to men?:The conversations we have with most men about street harassment involve a lot of shock, confusion and disbelief. The ones we have with people who experience harassment are full […]


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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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