Daralyse Lyons


BSR Contributor Since November 12, 2019

When Daralyse Lyons (she/her pronouns) isn’t doing splits or jumping out of airplanes, this former yoga teacher and eternal adrenaline junkie can be found with pen in hand furiously scribbling her latest novel.

When Daralyse Lyons isn’t doing splits or jumping out of airplanes, this former yoga teacher and eternal adrenaline junkie can be found with pen in hand furiously scribbling her latest novel. To date, she has written more than two dozen full-length books, a handful of short stories, and countless articles. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the host of a successful podcast, an actor, a storyteller, and a summa cum laude graduate of NYU, Daralyse brings intelligence and enthusiasm to all her endeavors.

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Sometimes words on their own aren’t enough to encompass LGBTQIA+ identities. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

I date people of different genders, but let's skip the labels about sexuality

I’m comfortable with myself. Are you?

Daralyse Lyons wishes the people she’s dated were comfortable enough with themselves to accept all of her, including her fluid sexuality.

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Essays 4 minute read
More and more people across the country are saying it: Black lives matter. (Photo by Frankie Cordoba via Unsplash.)

As protests against police brutality ignite, what can Black officers tell us?

Protests are not enough

America is reckoning with its racist institutions, including police forces that disproportionately target Black people and people of color. But what about the officers working inside this system while also experiencing systemic racism? Daralyse Lyons considers.

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Essays 7 minute read
In 2019, for the first time, writer and storyteller Daralyse Lyons publicly shared her experience around sexual abuse for the RISK! Podcast. (Image via RISK! on YouTube.)

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I acknowledge survivors' complicated feelings

Me too, with love

Daralyse Lyons experienced sexual abuse at a young age, and then she experienced other people’s assumptions about how she should feel about it. How did she navigate recovery?

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Essays 4 minute read
Independence, honesty, and loyalty to her true self: young Daralyse Lyons and her mom. (Image courtesy of the author.)

How being both Black and white helped me embrace all aspects of myself

Loving my biracial identity

Daralyse Lyons grew up in a place with no flexibility for racial identity, but appreciating the duality of her own background opened the door for other kinds of radical acceptance in life and love.

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Essays 4 minute read
It’s a good time to remember what Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank had in common. (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)

Kellman Brown Academy presents the Anne Frank Center’s ‘Letters from Anne & Martin’

Portrayals of promise

As both MLK Day and National Holocaust Remembrance Day approach, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect presented its ‘Letters from Anne & Martin’ in South Jersey. Daralyse Lyons was there.

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Essays 5 minute read
An unfamiliar telling of a familiar story: Kala Moses Baxter and Katherine Fried in the Arden’s ‘Snow Queen.’ (Photo by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios.)

Arden Theatre Company presents ‘The Snow Queen’

An icy show warms the winter stage

A versatile cast offers a warm and engaging winter tale with the Arden’s ‘Snow Queen.’ Daralyse Lyons reviews.

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Articles 3 minute read
When you’ve gotta laugh so that you don’t cry: Sean Close and Justin Jain as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. (Photo by Mark Garvin.)

1812 Productions presents ‘This Is The Week That Is’

Humor in the headlines

Fans of 1812's annual 'This Is The Week That Is,' a live political satire onstage, often return for multiple shows, because it's different every night. Daralyse Lyons visits the rehearsal room.

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Articles 5 minute read
A show that promises an internal experience: enter ‘Visionary Voices.’ (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.)

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens presents ‘Visionary Voices’

Faces of Philadelphia

‘Visionary Voices,’ a portrait exhibition featuring four self-taught artists, invites viewers to find themselves and draw their own conclusions. Daralyse Lyons reviews.

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Articles 3 minute read
Włodzimierz Siwierski’s ‘A Day Off,’ drawn inside Auschwitz in 1941. (Image courtesy of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.)

The National Liberty Museum presents ‘Forbidden Art’

The art that survived Auschwitz

The National Liberty Museum welcomes an extraordinary collection of “forbidden” art that documented life inside Auschwitz from the prisoners’ own point of view. Daralyse Lyons considers.

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Articles 4 minute read
Cathy Renna is the communications director for the National LGBTQ Task Force. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Renna.)
'He Gave Us His Hands' by Emma Baldwin is part of the 'We Can Be Heroes' exhibit.
Philly’s Halloween-themed Daybreaker event came to the Met in October. (Photo by Max Grudzinski.)
Daralyse, a smiling woman with light brown skin, in an athletic yoga pose, balanced on her arms with legs held up to one side

When your disability is often invisible, it can be hard to claim your identity

Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Journalist Daralyse Lyons was living with the symptoms of a rare connective-tissue disorder long before she had a word for it, but her official diagnosis led to an important life decision.

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Essays 4 minute read
A portrait of Mayson and Wisher, dressed in black with fabric earrings, embrace each other as they look towards the camera

ConsenSIS presents The Score: World Premiere

The art of poetry and sound for Black women and femme poets

Co-creators Yolanda Wisher and Trapeta B. Mayson formed ConsenSIS, and this weekend, are bringing together Black poets for an intimate afternoon of poetry and sound. Daralyse Lyons previews.

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Previews 3 minute read
Harper wears a black winter coat, wide-brimmed hat. Xavier-Mac wears a light colored suit. Both hold headskulls

Theatre in the X presents Pac and Biggie Are Dead

An exploration of self through hip-hop and theater

The spin-off of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead centers the late MCs Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., crafting a story that encourages the audience’s own self-exploration. Daralyse Lyons previews.

Daralyse Lyons

Previews 3 minute read