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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Black Women Are Winning the Podcast Game

Originally written for EBONY.com  From Angie Martinez to Wendy Williams, Black women were a consistent voice on the hip-hop and R&B stations I listened to growing up. But when I began wanting more talk, and less music, Brian Lehrer and Ira Glass (White male hosts that I enjoy) were waiting for me at the “front door” […]


Breaking Up with Street Harassment

Originally written for EBONY.com  Fifteen-year-old Veralyn would have chuckled at the idea of one day organizing to stop street harassment. I vividly remember the moment I realized my breasts were something to be desired. It was the first day of 7th grade, and I was walking to my school, which was up the block from my […]


Third Rail Eps 20: Crown Heights Fight

On “Crown Heights Fight” we report on the state of tenant organizing in Central Brooklyn and how tenants are reacting to rising rents. We then put to the test the notion that Bed-Stuy gets more political and media love than Crown Heights. Guest zakia henderson-brown, Board Member, Brooklyn Movement Center Joel Feingold, Member, Crown Heights […]


Third Rail Eps 19: Lemme Hear You Say… Fight the Power

On “Lemme Hear You Say… Fight the Power” we break down movement messaging and ask what strategies are being used today. We want to know: Is hip hop still relevant as an organizing tool? And what is the difference between marketing and community outreach? Guest Autumn Marie,Communication activist and community organizer, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement […]


Third Rail Eps 18: Live Show!

In this month’s episode Third Rail celebrated its one-year anniversary with our very first Live Show recording! We discussed some of our favorite things: our favorite shows over the past year, our favorite organizing coalition, our favorite landlords and… our favorite white person! Guests Hosts: Third Rail Team Aaron Freeman, Co-Host and Engineer, This Week in […]


Third Rail Eps 17: Activism 360

Believe it or not, activist are not just battling “the system” day and night. In this episode of Third Rail we discuss how sometimes, we’re fighting our schedules, to squeeze in activism beyond the workplace. And then we talk about the struggle between generations that fundamentally see different solutions to the same issue. Guests Kristen […]


Third Rail Eps 16: How Do You Change the World?

In this episode of Third Rail we discuss two potential strategies for community and social justice wins. First by examining black and brown neighborhoods in other cities, that may have some lessons for Central Brooklyn on the gentrification front. And then by tackling an age-old community organizing question: is it best to fight for social justice change […]


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.


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    As I mentally prepare to watch and discuss ‪#‎GirlsRising‬ today– a film that portrays the lives of nine young girls from around the world describing the challenges they face being denied an education– I googled “chibok kidnapping nigeria." 

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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