Seventh Generation Stories

Alli Joseph

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When Alli (of English, Irish, Jewish, Shinnecock Indian and African American descent) was a journalist and producer in her twenties and early thirties, she never focused on her family's history. And, she didn't start until her daughter Lola Jane, now one, was born. "My mother Barbara, the family historian, was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, just before I found out I was pregnant," says Alli. "I spent much of that year desperately trying to capture my mother's thoughts, voice and face on different media before she died just six months later. I felt cheated: my daughter would not have Grandma Bobbie's wonderful stories at her fingertips, and I knew this could have been avoided. It is my greatest regret."

Alli brings to Seventh Generation Stories her 15-year background as a reporter, producer, writer, published author and documentary filmmaker. She developed her journalism, branding and marketing skills over twelve years' time working for large media companies like Scripps (Food Network), NBC Universal, Grey Advertising Worldwide, Newscorp, Viacom (VH1 and CBS News), Cablevision, WB,, AOL, Time Inc., and Hachette Filipacchi. Her first book, "The Shaolin Way: Ten Modern Secrets of Survival from a Shaolin Grandmaster", was published by Harper Collins in August 2005. Alli helped produce a documentary called "The Last Piece" (aka "The Last Peace")  about saving the ancestral lands of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, of which she is a member.

She is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with a science and technology background, attended the Bronx High School of Science, and was graduated from Vassar College with a BA in sociology.

Alli has covered the 1996 Republican Primary, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, Daytona Bike Week, the great Paris-Dakar Desert Rally, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Oscars. Her writing has appeared in George, Premiere, Maxim, Playboy, Auto Aficionado, The New York Daily News, Mercedes Momentum, The Miami Herald, People Magazine and The New York Post. Her work as a journalist helped earn her a 2007 McCormick Tribune Foundation fellowship. Alli sits on the board of the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), representing the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), and the American Indian Community House (AICH) board.