Arizona Storytellers: Joanna Brathwaite

By KJZZ News
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:25am
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:39am

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KJZZ partners with The Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them. Megan Finnerty is the creator of the series.

Joanna Brathwaite
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Joanna Brathwaite shares her story at the Hotel Valley Ho on June 12, 2018.

When Joanna Brathwaite was little, she believed the coolest thing about her was that her parents were from the Caribbean. She always imagined the islands had white sandy beaches, monkeys throwing brown coconuts and people lying around in hammocks. When she was 10, her Mom took her and her sister to Jamaica for two weeks to meet their family. Joanna was ecstatic. But when they landed, things were not how she imagined.

Joanna Brathwaite is an online community specialist at Sprouts.

The next storytelling event is Thursday, September 13 at the Desert Botanical Garden. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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