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The Whole Story is a live storytelling show created by Rachel Eseoghene Egboro in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum. Part I launched on January 6, 2017 to expand Black narratives through the art of storytelling. Each quarter, five people develop and deliver their personal stories on life and loss and everything in between.  

ATTEND PART XI

12/6/19 at 7:30PM

Phoenix Art Museum

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LISTEN TO PART X

 
 
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listen to The tenth installment of The Whole Story, a live event designed to expand our human experience through stories from the Black perspective. Joining host and storyteller, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro, are featured tellers: Theresa Okokon, Daniel Truelove, Gerald Todd, Joan Conner, Sasha Simmons and Geibral Elisa.

Listen to the Whole Story: Part X by clicking the play button above! To listen to other shows and storytellers, visit our SoundCloud.

 

Geibral Elisha

Geibral Elisha is the band leader of The Geibral Elisha Movement. With 3 studio albums (and another currently underway) their music has been interpreted as spiritual jazz fusion. Geibral is a masterful entertainer, always entertaining and delighting audiences with his virtuoso performances. He has an astounding technique, and ability to paint vivid pictures in your imagination, with the beauty of his music.

Geibral Elisha is the band leader of The Geibral Elisha Movement. With 3 studio albums (and another currently underway) their music has been interpreted as spiritual jazz fusion. Geibral is a masterful entertainer, always entertaining and delighting audiences with his virtuoso performances. He has an astounding technique, and ability to paint vivid pictures in your imagination, with the beauty of his music.

Sasha Simmons

Sasha R. Simmons is a Speaker, Writer, and SevenThirtyOne Podcast Host, who is committed to teaching people how to create their lives! Sasha’s mantra is that anyone can achieve anything; it is simply a matter of “how bad” they want it! Sasha is the founder of SpeakLife, LLC., a member of Toastmasters International, and Immediate Past President of the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals. Sasha holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Florida and is the author of 20 Major Keys to Establish Your Own Greatness.

Sasha R. Simmons is a Speaker, Writer, and SevenThirtyOne Podcast Host, who is committed to teaching people how to create their lives! Sasha’s mantra is that anyone can achieve anything; it is simply a matter of “how bad” they want it! Sasha is the founder of SpeakLife, LLC., a member of Toastmasters International, and Immediate Past President of the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals. Sasha holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Florida and is the author of 20 Major Keys to Establish Your Own Greatness.

Joan Conner

Joan Conner is a Fayetteville North Carolina native. She is a seventeen year Veteran Music Educator. She holds a B.A in Music Education from North Carolina Central University, with additional study at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Harvard, and Arizona State University. She loves to dance, read, hike and explore. She currently serves as Director of Bands and Musical Theatre at Ben Franklin Charter School in Gilbert Arizona.

Joan Conner is a Fayetteville North Carolina native. She is a seventeen year Veteran Music Educator. She holds a B.A in Music Education from North Carolina Central University, with additional study at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Harvard, and Arizona State University. She loves to dance, read, hike and explore. She currently serves as Director of Bands and Musical Theatre at Ben Franklin Charter School in Gilbert Arizona.

 

Theresa Okokon

Theresa Okokon is a Wisconsin native, a yoga teacher, a social worker, a storyteller, and the co-host of WGBH & Massmouth's Stories from the Stage - the first nationally televised show dedicated entirely to live storytelling. In addition to writing and performing her own stories, Theresa also coaches other storytellers, host story slam events, and frequently emcees events for nonprofits. She works in nonprofit development, and also owns and operates a small business called LEGIT.yoga. Theresa loves sandwiches, hammocks, crafting cocktails, cooking without a recipe, and laughter.

Theresa Okokon is a Wisconsin native, a yoga teacher, a social worker, a storyteller, and the co-host of WGBH & Massmouth's Stories from the Stage - the first nationally televised show dedicated entirely to live storytelling. In addition to writing and performing her own stories, Theresa also coaches other storytellers, host story slam events, and frequently emcees events for nonprofits. She works in nonprofit development, and also owns and operates a small business called LEGIT.yoga. Theresa loves sandwiches, hammocks, crafting cocktails, cooking without a recipe, and laughter.

Gerald Todd

Gerald Todd was born and educated in Sweetwater, Texas. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with my B.S. Gerald then received a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Texas; and earned a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Education Administration from the New Mexico State University.

Gerald Todd was born and educated in Sweetwater, Texas. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with my B.S. Gerald then received a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Texas; and earned a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Education Administration from the New Mexico State University.

Daniel Truelove

Daniel is an Alabama native and graduate of the University of Alabama. His first company, Truelove’s Way Clothing, delivered a message that, “anything is possible with faith, hard work and perseverance”. As his mission and vision for life and business became crystal clear, he developed “Identify Your Lane”. A company on a mission to help people recognize that they possess something special that the world is in need of.

Daniel is an Alabama native and graduate of the University of Alabama. His first company, Truelove’s Way Clothing, delivered a message that, “anything is possible with faith, hard work and perseverance”. As his mission and vision for life and business became crystal clear, he developed “Identify Your Lane”. A company on a mission to help people recognize that they possess something special that the world is in need of.


REVIEWS

I appreciated the boldness of those that shared as well as the diversity of perspectives.
— attendee of The Whole Story
I love attending these shows. I am so intrigued and moved hearing the stories of others. I love seeing different races join together in the same room to learn about the lives and experiences of people that may not look the same on the outside but can connect on the inside. It’s such a valuable experience and I think we could all learn more and become more connected if we took the time to listen to one another’s stories. Thank you for offering this amazing event!
— attendee of The Whole Story
I love the mix of funny, poignant, and thought-provoking subjects. And there are some fabulous storytellers who always have a great slant on the stories they share.
— Susan Allred Prosser
Hearing the stories of people who identify with the African Disaspora was very affirming. Some I could relate directly too. Storytelling was masterful. I am not from Az originally and would feel sad that there were no cultural events that were inclusive of all people of African descent. The Whole Story events gives me a sense of belonging.
— Sonji Muhammad