Ashley J. H.

Free and empower through authentic narrative

The function of freedom is to free somebody else.
— Toni Morrison

I have always looked to storytelling as a vehicle to freedom: family folklore, films, Biblical parables, mythology, carefully-crafted music albums, memorable speeches. Storytelling - at its purest - has the power to inspire, to inform, to persuade, and to connect.  And that's what I'm here to do. I am a storydistiller/storyteller who looks through a lens of innovation and faith in writing, directing, producing, speaking and facilitating.  I dig for authentic narratives and share them in a way that encourages and frees others to be honest. This is how I serve God and people.

I founded Temple & Riot a blog that sits at the crash site of faith, creativity, and culture.  Temple & Riot is a resource for workable tips and prayerful encouragement for the 21st century creative.  I am also co-founder, writer and director for Spark & Bloom - a digital media brand focused on creating uplifting video content for and about communities of color - first and foremost, Black women and girls.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
— Albert Camus

I am an speaker/facilitator who works with high schools, colleges, faith groups and non-profits to create trainings and workshops on wellness, faith, personal development and social justice.

Pictured with Johns Hopkins students after a consent training.

© 2017 Ashley J. H.