Tagged: women storytellers

I Fought The Law: Meghan Shapiro, “Sentences”

Meghan Shapiro
Storyteller Meghan Shapiro. Photo by Stan Carpenter.

During the second half of our July 2016 storytelling event, “I Fought The Law,” we featured stories from three attorneys who shared an insider’s perspective of our complex legal system. Our last storyteller of the evening, Meghan Shapiro, moved to Louisiana in 2013 to practice death penalty defense law in a place with greater need than most. From 2010 to 2014, more people were sentenced to death per capita in Caddo Parish than in any other parish or county in the United States.

Meghan has almost exclusively represented poor individuals charged with capital crimes or sentenced to death, a cause to which she has been heavily devoted since her teens. This story is about her first death row client.

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric.

Coming Soon: I Just Work Here
We’re currently recruiting storytellers for our Spring 2017 live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here,”  a collection of great stories about the working life. As always, we’re looking for all kinds of stories: funny, sad, inspiring, confusing – the only requirements are that your story is true and you’re willing to get up onstage in front of a few hundred friends to tell it. If you think you’ve got a story for “I Just Work Here,” please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message.

I Fought the Law: Sarah Smith, “Benefit of the Doubt”

A photo from an All Y'all Live event
Sarah Smith shares her story onstage at All Y’all Live: “I Fought the Law” in July 2016. Photo: Stan Carpenter

Storyteller Sarah Smith took the All Y’all stage in July 2016, during our live event entitled “I Fought the Law,” to share her personal account of trial by fire. The first case that Smith ever took to trial during her time as a public defender turned out to be a maelstrom of media coverage, protests and social media outrage.

Much of the public has only heard one side of this highly publicized story, which involved accusations of animal cruelty against a young black man from Shreveport. In this episode of the All Y’all podcast, we present another perspective on this controversial case.

All Y’all Live: “Haunted” Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 
The 10th All Y’all Live storytelling event, “Haunted,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in downtown Shreveport. For lots more information and a link to buy tickets, check out the official event announcement. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Louisiana Association for the Blind thanks to the kindness of our season sponsors as well as special “Haunted” event sponsor Remington Suite Hotel & Spa.

RSVP to the Facebook event for “Haunted.”

Further Reading: Louisiana’s Public Defender Funding Crisis
The Sixth Amendment guarantees all Americans “the right to an attorney.” The idea is simple: if you find yourself in legal trouble and lacking the money to hire a lawyer, the state will hire one on your behalf. But…what happens when the state doesn’t have any money, either?

All Y’all isn’t a resource for “hard news” stories like Louisiana’s public defender funding crisis. But several local news outlets have filed stories about the situation, and the situation continues to draw national attention. We encourage the All Y’all community to get educated about this insane situation. Here are a few links that may be useful in doing so:

Crisis as Caddo, Bossier public defenders face cutsThe Times, March 4, 2015
Caddo DA responds to Public Defender’s funding crisis plan – KTBS.com, March 6, 2015
At work with a Caddo public defenderThe Times, April 8
The numbers: Louisiana’s public defender funding crisis – KTBS.com, October 9, 2014

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group (some of you may recall Judy Williams’s terrific “Brush With Fame” story, which you can stream here), as well as Maccentric, Rhino Coffee, Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these community-minded businesses when you’re out and about.

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Ladies Night: Maya Lau, “Technical Skills”

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All Y’all storyteller Maya Lau shares her story at “Ladies Night” in March 2015.

Sometimes the job that you’re assigned to do just isn’t the job that you end up doing.

When journalist Maya Lau was 24 years old, she enlisted in the Peace Corps, envisioning herself taking a hands-on role in improving the lives of others through – as the Peace Corps puts it – “imparting technical expertise abroad.” But, once she arrived in Senegal, language barriers and other difficulties kept Maya from realizing her idealized notion of global citizenship. In “Technical Skills,” a story from the March 2015 All Y’all live storytelling event “Ladies Night,” Maya tells how she impacted the lives of local women in a way that she’d never expected.

This story contains adult subject matter and listener discretion is advised.

All Y’all Live: “Momma & Daddy” Coming to East Bank Theatre, March 11-12

The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Momma & Daddy,” will be held, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma & Daddy” is presented in partnership with the outstanding folks at the Bossier Arts Council. Purchase tickets or learn more about the event here. To receive regular updates on storytellers, musical guests and more, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Do you have a powerful story that would fit the theme of “Momma” or “Daddy”? If so, All Y’all would love to hear it! Just call the story hotline at (318) 582-0665 and give us an idea of what your story is about. You can also reach us through our Facebook page.

Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2015-2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by title sponsorHoliday Lanes, an awesome bowling center in Bossier City that has supported All Y’all since the very beginning. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored byMaccentric, Shreveport-Bossier’s only locally-owned Apple Authorized Service Provider, as well asShreveportFlag.com and the Shreveport Rafters Futbol Club. We also receive support from Rhino Coffee (purveyors of the finest damn macarons in Shreveport), Shreveport Magazine and Twisted Root Burger Company. Please consider supporting these businesses when you’re out and about.

Under the Influence: Robin Williams, “Mr. Bourque”

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Robin Williams shares her story at the “All Y’all: Under the Influence,” in 2014.

Most All Y’all storytellers have months to prepare their stories prior to taking the stage at a live event. They have opportunities to rehearse, to meet with other storytellers, and to give and receive feedback well in advance of the live event. Robin Williams, a Bossier City-based marketing executive who shared her story at “All Y’all: Under the Influence,” had less than 12 hours to prepare her story for the stage. As an alternate storyteller for the evening, Robin was called up when another storyteller backed out. Considering that her story deals with overcoming oppressive social anxiety and fear of public speaking brought about by the cruelty of a figure in her past, live storytelling was no small challenge for Robin.

Here is the thing about Robin’s story: Since the live event, dozens of people who attended have approached us to say: “Robin’s story is my story.” It’s our story, too, and the story of anyone who’s ever found the courage to speak up for themselves.

A message from our sponsors
The 2015 season of All Y’all podcast episodes and live events is presented by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Through their sponsorship, All Y’all has been able to secure event venues, compensate our production team and pay musicians for their work. If you enjoy bowling or just want to say “Thanks” to Holiday Lanes for making this podcast possible, please “Like” them on Facebook.

Additional sponsors for the 2015 season of All Y’all are the good folks at Rhino Coffee and Twisted Root Burger Co., which happen to be two of our favorite local eateries – thank you, Rhino and Twisted Root!

Upcoming live events
The next two live event themes are “Brush with Fame” (Summer) and “OMG” (Fall). We’ll be posting details of those live events as they become available.

New ‘Round Here: Annie Andersen, “Not That Bad”

Annie Andersen shares her story at the first All Y'all Live event, "New 'Round Here."
Annie Andersen shares her story at the first All Y’all Live event, “New ‘Round Here.” Photo by Debbie Lynn Hollis.

Annie Andersen thought that she was pretty bad, but when she was cast in the Oxygen Network’s hit reality television series Bad Girls Club, she realized that there’s bad — and then there’s really bad. Annie shared a few of her experiences as a member of the Bad Girls Club – which included getting punched, hanging out at Suge Knight’s house and being fed fiberglass-laced cookies – onstage during the first All Y’all Live event, “New ‘Round Here.” Here’s Annie’s story:

At the time that we recorded Annie’s story, she was a reporter for KMSS Fox 33, a television station based in Shreveport. Annie’s story fascinated us because so much of her life has been broadcast on, and shaped by, television.

Here’s Annie’s KMSS report on Mudbug Madness, an annual crawfish festival held in Shreveport:

A message from our sponsors
The 2015 season of All Y’all podcast episodes and live events is presented by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. Through their sponsorship, All Y’all has been able to secure event venues, compensate our production team and pay musicians for their work. If you enjoy bowling or just want to say “Thanks” to Holiday Lanes for making this podcast possible, please “Like” them on Facebook.

Additional sponsors for the 2015 season of All Y’all are the good folks at Rhino Coffee and Twisted Root Burger Co., which happen to be two of our favorite local eateries – thank you, Rhino and Twisted Root!

All Y’all Live: Ladies Night will be held on Saturday, March 14!
Our next live storytelling event, All Y’all Live: Ladies Night, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Women’s Department Club in Shreveport. The evening will feature six (or seven) true stories told live without notes by amazing women. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online here. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as past All Y’all Live events have sold out in advance.

Mistakes Were Made: Cookie DuBois, “Space Dracula”

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Storyteller Cookie DuBois. Photo by Jim Noetzel.

Do you believe that some cosmic force holds us accountable for all of our past behavior? That if we’re good, we’ll be rewarded, and if we’re bad, we’ll be punished? “Mistakes Were Made” storyteller Cookie DuBois’s story, “Space Dracula,” made us wonder whether her trajectory was some sort of example of a person having to pay off some debt to the Universe before they could be happy.

Cookie, it should be said, is one of the kindest, sweetest and most charming storytellers that we’ve met through All Y’all. It’s hard to imagine the Cookie we know now as the head-punching anarchist you’ll meet in “Space Dracula,” but I guess it just goes to show – you never can tell.

P.S. Check out Cookie’s vintage and retro-inspired clothing line, Cookie DuBois Clothing.

We are pleased to announce that the next All Y’all Live event, “Ladies Night,” has been scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, March 14 at the Women’s Department Club in Shreveport. This night of stories celebrating women is presented, in part, as our way of celebrating Women’s History Month. It’s also a way to balance the scales, so to speak. Throughout the history of All Y’all – as a podcast and as a series of live storytelling events – it’s been harder to find women willing to share their story than it’s been to find men willing to do so. “Ladies Night” is all about women. Tickets may be purchased here, or check out this post for more info.