EPISODE 8

Shifting the Narrative in Black Birth & Beyond:

An Interview with Award-Winning Writer and Producer Tonya Lewis Lee

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Season 2, Episode 8: Shifting the Narrative in Black Birth & Beyond: An Interview with Award-Winning Writer and Producer Tonya Lewis Lee

Episode Description: Narratives are powerful. They can influence policy, shift cultural norms, and drive systemic change. What about the narrative in Black maternal health? How do we shift the mainstream narrative in Black birth and breastfeeding away from doom and gloom and negative statistics to centering joy and possibility? What is needed, who is missing, and quite frankly, will the powers in Hollywood ever let us own this narrative? In this episode, Kimberly talks with New York Times best-selling author, award-winning writer, and producer, Tonya Lewis Lee, whose most recent work, Aftershock, takes a compelling look at the Black maternal mortality crisis.

Resources/References

Birthright is funded by the California Health Care Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund.

About Tonya

Tonya Lewis Lee is an award-winning producer, entrepreneur, and advocate for women’s health. She has produced several TV projects including The Watsons Go To Birmingham[7]which Lewis Lee wrote, The Giver, She’s Gotta Have It, and MONSTER. Back in 2009, Tonya produced Crisis in the Crib, a documentary about the nation’s unconscionable Black infant mortality crisis, centered in Memphis, Tennessee. This year, she co-produced Aftershock, now streaming on Hulu, a powerful documentary that follows the stories of two amazing men whose lives are forever changed by Black maternal deaths. Follow @aftershockdoc on Instagram.

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