Daralyse Lyons, aka the Transformational Storyteller, is a Biracial journalist, actor, and activist who has made it her mission to stand for a more integrated world. After writing an award-winning children’s book (I’m Mixed!) about embracing her multiethnic heritage, she found her passion and her purpose in empowering others to embrace all aspects of themselves. She has written and spoken extensively about all dimensions of diversity, and feels tremendous gratitude for the opportunity to use her seemingly disparate background as a catalyst for cross-cultural understanding.
Her TEDx Talk “Black or White? Refusing to Choose & Embracing Biracial Identity” encourages individuals to embrace their own conceptions of themselves, rather than adhering to the mandates of a broken society. She is grateful for the opportunity to explore the experiences of other multiracial folx, and to amplify their voices.
Daralyse's past works on being Biracial
Malcolm Burnley is an independent journalist, radio host, and podcaster based in Philadelphia. A decade ago, he published his first-ever radio story for NPR about a lost Malcolm X speech that he uncovered 50 years after its disappearance. Since then, his byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, POLITICO, Philly Mag, and many other publications. In 2019, he published a cover story for TIME magazine. He's been a guest host for WHYY's Radio Times, WURD's Reality Check, and more radio programs. He's also hosted and produced several acclaimed podcasts, including "AI Nation" and "The Missionary." He's an adjunct instructor at Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication. Born in Staten Island, NY, to a Black father and white mother, questions surrounding racial identity — his own and that of others — have been a central theme of his life and journalistic pursuits.