WTBI Archive

Episode 3: Elizabeth Méndez Berry on Flow, Stretching & Possibility
November 19, 2020

Elizabeth Méndez Berry is Vice President and Executive Editor of One World. Before joining One World, she invested in the arts, journalism and freedom of speech in roles at the Ford Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She co-founded several philanthropic initiatives, including Critical Minded, which supports cultural critics of color. A former critic and journalist, she started her career at Vibe Magazine; in his book Decoded, Jay-Z cited one of her essays as an inspiration for his song “Public Service Announcement.” And her Spanish-language oped on street harassment helped spark the country’s first ever city council hearing on street harassment. She is on the boards of A Long Walk Home in Chicago and Critical Minded, a national initiative to support cultural critics of color. Twitter: mendezberry *** Instagram: emendezberry *** Website: elizabethmendezberry.com

Episode 2: Sharon Bridgforth on Joy, Healing & Forgiveness
November 12, 2020

A Doris Duke Performing Artist, Sharon is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. A 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Member and New Dramatists alumnae, Sharon has received support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund and the National Performance Network. An Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program, Sharon has been in residence at: Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; allgo, A Texas Statewide QPOC organization; and Northwestern’s Department of Performance Studies. Widely published, Sharon is Host of the Who Yo People Is podcast series. https://www.facebook.com/SBridgforth1 *** https://www.sharonbridgforth.com *** https://www.whoyopeopleis.com