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Over 25 years experience in communications, marketing, and the arts.
Top Skills: Communications strategist. Writer, editor, copy editor, proofreader, research, press conferences, media placements, event planner, oral history interviews, speeches, scripts, blog posts, social media campaigns, speaker/talent bookings. Artist, filmmaker, photographer, videographer, curator, producer, director. Extensive contacts in media, government, education, community, hospitality, and arts.
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 BBC radio about the lynching of my uncle in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Strange Fruit was created by Maggie Ayre, the great BBC Radio producer. The program 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, a migration/immigration story and Granville T. Woods, an African American inventor. 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.
Food, Elder social justice activism: As primary caretaker for an elder brother, food security, social justice, and agriculture sustainability became our daily routine! Along the way, I am documenting elder food stories and mapping resources and referrals.
Brooklyn roots: The idea for this storytelling boutique is rooted in my Brooklyn childhood. Family shows (top photo), home stories, and ethnic food fueled my career path as an artist, teacher, journalist and media consultant.
“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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