Kate Wood

Over the years I have talked with many women about books. Most of the conversations were observational and impersonal.  Then I heard a group of Black women talking about how they personally related to the themes and characters in The Warmth of Other Suns, and I wished I could join them to talk at the same deep and honest level.  Then I realized that social media could make that possible for many who share my craving.   Black women, could host the online show, accessible to all the women and men around the globe who love to talk deeply about life, inspired by the books they read.

Watch our show on Michelle Obama's BECOMING and see how the live audiences and Facebook live audiences join the conversation and share their personal stories. That's what Spilling The Tea is all about.

Kate was a co-creator /producer of GoBabies, Alphabet Road. F is for Farm, Where Does Milk Come from which won a Parents Choice award. She was a producer on FireDancer, the first Afghan film presented to the AMPAS. She is a member of the International Women's Forum and New York Women in Film and Television.


Co-Creator / Creative Director

Burke Wood

I believe that the heart of The Tea is the way it can bring people together to share the way they feel about issues and personal experiences, especially relating to race.  When people are talking and listening they are developing understanding and empathy.  My life has been changed by my work with The Tea and I believe The Tea can help bring people together in positive ways that will have lasting and generational effects. 

Burke is an experienced Producer/Director and owner of Bcreative Digital Media, a production/post production company based in Princeton, New Jersey. He works on commercial, corporate and web projects for clients across the country.



Deborah Franklin

We are having a blast at The Tea. Great books start great conversations, and we are excited by the way our audiences, both live and on social media, are engaging in conversations that are personal and important to them.

For instance, Laverne from Chicago on Facebook said, “I would like more authors across the globe. Hispanic, Jamaican, Haitian and Southern even sisters and brothers from Ireland. Understanding other cultures is key to us getting to know one another.” “I love The Tea and you all are doing great!”

At the recent BARR (
Black Authors & Readers Rock) weekend when we talked about BARRACOON and at our recent show shoot at Barnes & Noble where we talked about BECOMING, we all  were  amazed by how people who  didn’t even know each other felt comfortable sharing their own stories on The Tea. People want to hear and be heard.

I like being on the Tea because it allows me to chat with other women and the audience about books on multiple levels.

Deborah is an educator, author, motivational speaker, minister, radio host at Conversations with Deborah, and producer of The Tea.  A native of Houston, she now lives in Washington DC where she teaches in a DC public school and is an executive director of a  non-profit organization.

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