Lily Be is a Chicago based storyteller, educator, creator of The Stoop Storytelling Series, co-host & producer of Story Collider Chicago and editorial assistance at StoryNews.
Lily Be, Erica Blumfield and David Crabb share stories about major transitions.     Support RISK! on Patreon at Make a one-time donation to RISK! at Get tickets to RISK! live shows at Get the RISK! book at Take storytelling classes at Hire Kevin Allison to make a personalized video at Hire Kevin Allison as a coach at Text with Kevin about RISK! and storytelling at
This week we present two stories that give us insight into the birth and life of a scientist.Part 1: As a 16-year-old, Lily Be gets an unexpected education on the reproductive system.Part 2: Xavier Jordan discovers the party side of science at his first scientific conference.Lily Be started sharing stories in Chicago by accident in 2010. She never had a want to express herself artistically. This is not something she ever planned on doing. Lily is from the westside of Chicago, born and raised where she's spent most of her days raising her son. Storytelling fell into her lap one day and she's gone on to do crazy amazing wonderful things with it. From winning story competitions that would inspire and oftentimes usher more Latinos and marginalized people to tell their stories, to teaching people from all walks of life to share theirs, Lily has not stopped giving back to the artform that changed and saved her life. Lily produces The Stoop and Story Collider, is an editorial assistant for Story News magazine, and account manager for GoLucky Studios. She teaches storytelling all over the city both in person and online, is writing a book, and hosting a myriad of community and storytelling events. She's half magic, half amazing, and 100% real. Xavier Jordan is a University of Illinois graduate in chemistry and molecular and cellular biology. He is currently applying for microbiology research positions in Chicago. He's been telling stories for a long time and is glad to be part of the scene again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today is a BONUS episode from our discussion with Latinx storyteller Lily Be. Lily produces the live show and soon to be podcast The Hoodoisie and she tells us how she dressed up and played a White woman for one of their shows. Listen to how she felt, what people said, what she learned and what Paul and Tania had to say about it.
We talk gentrificiation, the difference between "White People" and "whypipo", education, code-switching, allyship, being "extra", enduring challenges and thriving with Latinx storyteller-activist-truth teller-bad ass-superhero-nanny-mother Lily Be.  
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Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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4 hours, 10 minutes
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