Kaolin is a white woman who was born in 1951 in Brooklyn, NY. and attended Adele's play group until graduating from St. Savior's grade school in 1964. Kaolin, attended St. Agnes Seminary H.S. in Brooklyn, NY graduated in '69 and attended, Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ for a short time before marrying and having two children with George A. Williams, an African American Vietnam Vet & NYC firefighter from Squad One, in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Williams is in several documentaries, including the most recently acclaimed "Hidden Battles" produced by Victoria Mills who also hails from NYC
Kaolin's work is included in many publications; she has also performed in many mediums such as: a vocalist in a summer series at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center in NYC in "Children of Adam" produced by the Urban Arts Corps and conducted by Chapman Roberts; fund-raised for the Audre Lorde Poetry Center at Hunter College; worked on the WBAI FM broadcasting program "Doing it for Ourselves; assisted the Parent's hot-line under its creator Judge Gertrude Bacon and rec'd. a scholarship to work on Kate Millett's ("Sexual Politics", "Sita", "The Loony Bin Trip") Women's Art Colony in upstate NY (1990).
Kaolin has also worked in politics organizing marches on Washington, D.C. for Peace & Justice and US Intervention out of Central America and as the Health Benefits Field Rep. for the Local 205 - D.C. 1707 Welfare Fund on Varick Street in NYC. Deeply invested in social services since 1991 and education, Kaolin is also a member of the Anti-Racism Committee in the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Writer's Union (NWU) and Local 2322 UAW.
Kaolin does public speaking and consults with teachers and activists who are using her book "Talking About Race: A Workbook About White People Fostering Racial Equality in Their Lives". In addition to teaching, Kaolin is in several documentaries and designs study guides and workshop training programs for organizations, schools and programs that are dedicated to fostering racial equality in the work place and their communities.
Kaolin attended Holyoke Community College and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst summa cum laude. She also metriculted at Smith College where she studied voice for a time.
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We discussed the fundamentals of white supremacist strategic foundational norms combined with the compelling white privilege/compliance dynamics and assumptions of normalcy that continually reinforce racism culturally and how to disassemble it in your personal life which is where the action and activist really lives. And Catherine McCall's book "Never Tell" and mine "Talking About Race: A Workbook About White People Fostering Racial Equality in Their Lives" which is in its 2nd printing. I remain available for lectures and interviews. Thank you Occupy Democrates103.3 FM Valley Free Radio for such wonderful questions and insights into the most destructive models of racism consuming our culture and destroying humanity. How does one reconcile the perversion of power racism is? Can one? Does one? Yes we can and we do ... listen in for more as we covered so much in just 60 minutes!
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Received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. He has received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debs Award, the Upton Sinclair Award the Lannan Literary Award and the Prix des Amis du Monde Award.
Talking About Race is wonderfully engaging, truly conversational, and because it is so personal it takes the subject out of the realm of academic discussion and confronts readers with the reality of their own thoughts, their own experiences. I think it would be a very useful book for teachers and students.
Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018
Kaolin’s Review of Leanna James Blackwell’s play NEW SOUL
The Northampton Playwrights Lab presents PLAY BY PLAY 2018 a festival of new play readings NEW SOUL Written and directed by Leanne James Blackwell
Are you looking for drama? On Friday night Sept. 21st at 7:30 PM I was looking for drama and attended a reading of Blackwell’s NEW SOUL at the Northampton Academy of the Arts on 33 Hawley Street, in Northampton, MA.
A friend recommended it to me adding that it was about interracial relationships which captured my interest right away. I am an author and lecturer on themes that have to do with recovery from racism so I was especially eager to see the show!
On stage there were six actors with extremely serene personas within the 2-hour performance. The reading was thought-provoking. It began in 1963 and brought you forward several decades in time for the birth of a deeply loved child of an interracial couple. The interrelationship between the characters to one another; the multiple roles of Susan Daniels (Sister Agnes and Gail) gave us a chance to re-visit the drama of childhood and belief systems that shaped us if we were raised with the demands and confusion of adulthood imposing itself upon us. With wit and clarity Daniels transitioned from one very strong yet witty and compassionate character to the other.
Rich Vaden inhabited (4) characters: Max, Clerk, Waiter and James. He gave the audience a glimpse into the ease with which a dedicated skilled actor can wrap us up in a whimsical moment, and just as easily have us feel pained when his character’s power overpowers one in need
Isaiah Michael Grace (Jean-Pierre Bedie) and Evelyn Galicki (Alyssa Labrie) carried a stunning authenticity from beginning to end so much so you did not want an ending at all! When they were in conflict their acting was so in harmony with one another that you did not have to become embroiled in it. There was no side to take. In interracial relations one can often become submersed in the dilemma of the characters, most especially in these times. Not so here. Blackwell writes to have you be entertained, to pay attention, to listen, to come to know what her characters come to know. There are no prolonged guessing games. It is incredibly refreshing to care as they care, to see as they see. Both Isaiah Michael Grace and Alyssa Labrie carry themselves thru the roles with such clarity I was especially moved by both of them.
Silk Johnson (Jake Gold) and Margaret Streeter (Liz O’Reilly Gold) have a newness about them in their union, a partnership and enthusiasm for their journey as parents-to-be while Jake sorts though his own lineage. Liz reveals the passage thru pregnancy which involved so much more than hunger, so much more than excitement and change. Liz’s voyage runs deeply into the recesses of her own soul, her own spirituality so she pays a return visit to a part of her past; a past which stirs an even greater appetite for partnership, for clarity, for honesty, for sharing and the certainty that she and Jake will have what it takes to be happy together.
NEW SOUL invites you to an evening of fine talent, surprises, insights, compassion and humor! I hope it moves forward as stories of this kind need to be told and deserve a far broader audience.
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What a welcome progression rightly-timed for this holiday season! Thank you to everyone who has had anything to do with this: fans, friends, reviewers, family and associates. And special thanks to my publisher at CDD books HTTP://WWW.CDDBOOKS.COM Thank you!
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Kaolin is a new member of the Bay Path University "On The Move" committee.
Please go to our Photo Gallery to view some photos from the Oct. 10, 2017 meeting. Enjoy!
Kaolin’s latest book review for Christian Perrings, Metapsychology Online Reviews: White Privilege Unmasked: How to be Part of the Solution
by Judy Ryde.
How Not to Get Shot by White People: And Other Advice From White People by D. L. Hughley