The Nyanspo, a symbol from the Twi people of Ghana, is a wisdom knot. And like these symbol  your vibrant velvet voice represents the totality of your being - your wisdom, your ingenuity, your intelligence, and your patience that enables you to possess these qualities.

Vibrant Velvet Voice is a multi-faceted communication and production storytelling business. Our mission is to contribute to the creation of a more compassionate world through conciliation and collaboration with all people, as we champion the woman of color.

We do this by helping you define, develop, and tell your story as your legacy.

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Vibrant Velvet Voice helps you claim and create your Legacy Story


A legacy story is found in the driving motivational force that propels your life. Reflection on the foundation upon which you make decisions and take actions reveals the source of your legacy story. Once found, you define your legacy story and you develop it into a material form for posterity. Your material form can be written, audio or video recording, photos, scrapbook, or an institution.

The Founder's Legacy Story

Skywalker Payne, author and  professional oral storyteller is the founder of Vibrant Velvet Voice. She explains her story legacy. (Note this is an explanation but not a completed story legacy.)

I came to realize that most of my life I've been motivated by the concept of conciliation. Conciliation is the action of stopping some one from being angry  or mediating between two disputing people or groups. As I studied and began storytelling, I realized it's power is in serving as a vehicle for conciliation. With conciliation compassion develops.

My story legacy began when I was a little Catholic girl who truly wanted to be good. As a teen I questioned why men went to war.

As a representative of the Foundation for a Compassionate Society, in 1989 I gained an understanding of poverty and determination for social justice while attending the Women's International Conference for the Disappeared in El Salvador during it's civil war.

I produced the first inter-racial Dia de la Raza in Austin, TX in the late nineties. Black and white people joined in this large, multi-cultural festival receiving coverage by all the city's media.

While working for the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, I expanded their services to black and brown communities.

And this motivation for conciliation has led me to coordinate inter-faith events, produce storytelling programs, teach the healing power of storytelling, and finally to become the champion of the woman of color.

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Vibrant Velvet Voice is the space for you to heal your story and create your story legacy.  The world needs your voice.

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