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Reel Talk Tuesdays: Journey To Allyship – Lydia

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Welcome to Reel Talk Tuesdays in collaboration with Jennifer Aks-Neuman from herStories.

We bring you women, or womxn as Jen likes to use, from all walks of life, with all different “walks of life” perspectives. Tune in every Tuesday if you’re feeling the need to be inspired, to be brave, to know you are not alone, to know there is a place to be HEARD.

We at Kuel Life, HEAR YOU.

Excited to share this week’s Reel Talk Tuesdays: Lydia – Journey to Allyship.

From Lydia Herself:

“Life’s journey and experience creates many stories for each of us. This story is one of my many stories. It has been an experience for which the anguish, like for so many, burst forth this year and can no longer be contained within.

Facing my white privilege, while navigating the world with my beautiful black family, has meant necessary and profound learning over the past 23 years. Standing shoulder to shoulder with mothers of black children, I am living with deep empathy, fear, and pain.

I was recently asked: “How does racism make you feel?” My reply…. It’s like a daily gut punch. I feel so many things: Shame that my ancestors did this. Fear for my family. Frustration at societal systems and ignorance. Guilt that the fight never seems to be enough. Uncomfortable knowing my skin color creates assumptions in others too.

I am desperate to express that’s not who I am. I am immediately mindful that it’s not about me. But, I remain hopeful for future generations while I seek to be an active ally and plead for allyship from others. Hopefully, this story is a part of that active work. Humanity, kindness, and empathy remind us that we are all one human race – each of us deserving love, respect, equity, and equality.”

Music composed by: Carlos Thomas and Jarod Sheahan

Witness Lydia’s Journey To Allyship Story:

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Jennifer Aks-Neuman

About the Maker:

Jennifer Aks-Neuman is a Movement Coach & Story Producer. Jen is the founder of herStories which was born in response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic as a way to empower Womxn to share their story.  She does that by creating short artistic video documentaries that are inspired by Womxns life stories. This collaborative platform is meant to inspire, empower, educate and deepen compassion around the world.