We’re about storytelling! Your story is your strategy!
Over 25 years experience in corporate communications, journalism, and the arts!
Top Skills: Communications strategist, journalist, teacher. Data-driven digital researcher, writer of by-lined articles, op-ed pieces, media placements, news interviews, oral history interviews, solicitation letters, speeches, scripts, blog posts, marketing materials, social media campaigns. Artist, chef, gardener, filmmaker, photographer, videographer, curator, events, producer, director.
About my Business awards: Woman of the Year, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Caribbean Chamber of Commerce as founder-publisher of Caribbean American News, New York’s largest free community newspaper (pre- internet), with half a million readers. New York State Governor’s Public Service Award for Leadership and Excellence at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Certification: NY & NJ state certified woman-owned business.
Media awards: Hear me tell an award-winning story on British radio about a Mississippi lynching in my paternal family. Created by the the great Bristol producer Maggie Ayre, the show Strange Fruit won UK’s two highest journalism awards: BBC-Radio’s Academy Award and the Prix Europa. I won two Telly Awards and an AVA Gold Digital Award for producing, directing and writing several documentaries, including From Shanghai to Harlem and Granville T. Woods. I also won two Videographer Awards: Healing Game: Brooklyn-Japan Baseball (Part 1 and 2). The two short films documented a culture exchange program. The healing power of baseball was revealed as two cultures recovered from two different natural disasters – NYC’s Hurricane Sandy and Japan’s Tsunami.
History Geek: I’m a history geek – Africana Studies and Caribbean history, especially Diaspora communities, slavery, immigration, and migrations.
Brooklyn roots: The idea for this storytelling boutique started during my Brooklyn childhood. I witnessed and was part of a lot of dramas in family shows and at our kitchen table. I grew up with sojourners in America’s largest migration! Coming from a polycultural, musical family, I learned the power of words, food and how to connect to audiences!
“Who are those people living in your house?” my nosy neighbors asked. My Caribbean mother and Southern father taught me how to write the script and stay on message. Regardless of nationality, color or creed, every house ‘guest’ was ‘family.’ The rest is history.
“For more than a decade Sylvia has been a trusted partner, helping us to raise the profile and support our anti-apartheid South Africa reinvestment programs. We appreciate her development strategies for our sustainable investment projects.” Donna Katzin, founder, Shared Interest.
“Sylvia’s press connections for our Harlem Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival were awesome. The New York Times media placement raised the bar. The response was inspiring and impressive.” Voza Rivers, CEO, New Heritage Theater Group.
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