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Teherangeles Protests

Radio News Feature

January 2018

In support of the Iranian protest movement,Iranian-Americans hit the streets of LA.

Iran, Protest, Politics, Teherangeles

 AJ+

Afro-Mexicans in LA

Video Documentary Short

August 2017

Afro-Mexicans in Los Angeles are navigating their mixed heritage,as seen  in this mini-documentary with more than three million views just  on Facebook and more than half million views on Twitter.

Afro-Mexican, Los Angeles, Culture

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Secrets, Shame and #MeToo

Radio News Feature

October 2017

The #metoo movement has transformed secrets and shame  into a call for action.

 

#metoo, Hollywood, Culture

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America’s Other Anthem

Radio News Feature

January 2018

A studious look at the roots of the “other”American anthem. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has been tackling race relations for more than a century.

Anthem, Taking a knee, Music, Lift Every Voice and Sing

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The Birthplace of that Pink Hat

Radio News Feature

January 2017

A visit to the local yarn shop in Los Angeles where the colorful craftivist movement began.

Politics, Protest, Feminism

 AJ+

The Solar Gang

Video Documentary Short

October 2017

Grid Alternatives offers  second chances to former gang members by giving them jobs in the solar industry.

 

Solar, Los Angeles, Grid Alternatives, Green, Earth Day

 

Gravy

South by South of the Border Soul Food

Audio Documentary

November 2015

Black-eyed peas and collards. Fried chicken and peach cobbler are on the menu at a South Los Angeles . But check into the kitchen you’ll find a Latino flava.

James Beard Award,South Los Angeles, Food, Southern Food, Immigration

About

Lena Nozizwe | Binary Storyteller-tm
The midwife who delivered Lena Nozizwe was not sure she was going to make it. Nozizwe’s umbilical cord was tied, not once, but twice around her neck. What was once her lifeline almost became her noose. So that midwife, located in a small room in a village hospital in Malawi, Africa, managed to pull Nozizwe to life, in spite of the fact that the most sophisticated “equipment” in the room was a chair with a hole in the middle of it.

Once the umbilical cord was cut, Nozizwe’s mother, Alice Princess Msumba Siwundhla, Ph.D., was subject to more drama because her infant was silent. She did not say a peep until the midwife splashed hot water on baby Nozizwe. Oh she cried alright and she’s been making noise ever since, most recently as a binary storyteller.

Her family came to the United States via Ralph Edwards’ pioneering reality television show, “This Is Your Life.” The principal subject of the program was Nozizwe’s mother.

She grew up to become an Emmy award-winning broadcaster, filmmaker, author, and speaker. She has earned a reputation as the storyteller who can and will go anywhere–from Palm Beach to South Central, Stockholm to San Diego, Dublin to Brooklyn and from Alaska to Zimbabwe.

In April of 2014 she came in second in the ALFA Short Film Competition on Ageism with her directorial debut, “A Father to Dye For,” starring Hulme Thamsanqa Siwudhla, Ph.D. She won the New York Film Festival Silver Award for a documentary she hosted and produced that followed the lives of LA runaways over a two year period.She won a Golden Mike for her coverage of a firestorm in San Diego.

A feature she produced for Associated Press Radio about an interracial rock group was also a New York Film Festival winner.
Nozizwe won a local Emmy for a feature about former NBA player Marvin “Bad News” Barnes. She found him living in a San Diego homeless shelter. She was nominated for a national Emmy, competing head-to-head against the likes of Ted Koppel and Andy Rooney, for a story about a sexual assault victim who fought back.

The binary journalist-tm has been featured in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Sister 2 Sister, Ireland’s Sunday Independent, Fitness, Glamour, the Adventist Review, Emmy Magazine, First for Women, Cosmopolitan and on SKY TV, CBS, and FOX.
Her writing has appeared in Seventeen, Complete Woman and Vibe. She is the author of the motivational book “Starring in Your Own Life” published by Simon & Schuster.

Nozizwe’s multimedia and radio reports have been featured on AJ+, FSRN, Associated Press Radio, Making Contact and Deutsche Welle.

When she is not writing, painting or creating beats or otherwise creating digital content, Nozizwe indulges in cooking and baking exotic comfort food, knitting, crocheting and designing clothing, especially from recycled materials.

Her designs have been sold in fashionable boutiques on Melrose Ave and Montana Blvd in Los Angeles. Nozizwe’s photographs have been featured online, in numerous publications and in a one-woman show.

Whether it is knitting a sweater or weaving together a story Nozizwe’s motto is that it’s all about the inner bling.

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Tweet of the Week: Alan Alda

Every day when I leave the house to do something important, the last thing I hear as I go out the door is Arlene's voice saying, "You'll be great!" Amazing what that does for a person. — Alan Alda (@alanalda) March 7, 2018

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