Do you feel alone when you say -

Yes On Uprooting Racism for Racial Reconciliation

It seemed everyone was supporting Black Lives Matter a few weeks ago. But already you see headlines saying people are more concerned about the violence and the looting.  And maybe you're already falling back into those too familiar feelings that nothing will ever really change.  White people will continue to express their feelings of guilt but not step out of their comfort zone. Black people and People of Color will continue to complain, to organize, and to protest.

When will we really listen to each other, hear our stories, share our pain, and work together to uproot the racist ideas that keep us suffering? This summer's murders and protests took me back to decades ago, in my twenties, when I protested murders of Black men in South Carolina. Once again, pain and anger flowed through me and around me. We've been through this so many times. How can we end the pain, trauma, fear, and insecurity rooted in racism? What can I do to help heal these wounds of racism?

My answer is R.A.C.E.S. - Race A Concept Explored in Story.  As a professional storyteller, I've seen the power of the story circle to create healing. This power of story, in performance art,  also can open hearts and minds.  

Carla Klinker Cope

Artist & Mother

"The most transformative part was how you set the space and created an atmosphere of openness, trust, safety, and respect. I was anxious prior to the Circle and felt lighter after. I felt we were all engaging with you as a master."

Argent Kvasnikoff

Artist, Native Alaskan, Ninilchik

"This was a wonderful experience and I admire how focused it was on keeping an emphasis on real experience.Very positive and constructive method to approach the issues of racism."

Skywalker Payne, Story Healing Facilitator

Payne, creator of R.A.C.E.S. has worn the hats of activist, non-profit administrator, performance artist, professional oral storyteller,  registered nurse, and entrepreneur. A degree in storytelling, author of two books, and Reiki Master Certification round out her experience and education. 

Before settling in Homer, Alaska, Skywalker shared her talents with individuals and organizations in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO.

As a storytelling energy healer, her insights are based on experience, education, and empathy. 

R.A.C.E.S. is a production of Vibrant Velvet Voice Productions, LLC, an online business. We facilitate story healing on the personal, organizational, and community level.

Online and Interactive

R.A.C.E.S. Interactive


Every quarter, in this infinite online space, through art, interviews, presentations, and storytelling we heal racial stories. By sharing anti-racist ideas and practices, anti-racist systems emerge. R.A.C.E.S. Interactive Conquer Colonialism -  Valiantly Vote is now available. All subscribers have full access to this first Interactive and four in 2021.

R.A.C.E.S. Circle


Is a safe, non-judgmental online space, in which groups, no larger than ten individuals, share racial stories guided by a story healing facilitator. We invite organizations and businesses, willing to honestly explore institutional and personal bias, to dismantle racist ideas, and to promote racial reconciliation, to participate.

R.A.C.E.S. Courses & Resources


In January, the first R.A.C.E.S. online course, Stamped, Racism, Anti-racism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi begins. All subscribers will receive a monthly newsletter with information on research, organizations, and actions to create anti-racist compassionate community.

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Let's create compassionate community, end the racist/anti-racist/racist cycle.

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