Nashville native Courtney Scott is a writer, storyteller, oral historian, and mother-worker. Based in Brooklyn, NY, she is currently pursuing a Masters in oral history at Columbia University. When not telling stories in sound, film, or words, Courtney devotes much of her time and heart to caring for young children. The protégé of mother-workers from across many generations and cultures, her creative work is deeply informed by women of color, exploring themes of race, class, love, and money.

All Stories by Courtney Scott

August 10, 2021

Finding beauty in the body

Medical illustrator Marsha Jessup discusses her family history and how she found success in a unique profession at the intersection of biology and the arts.

June 17, 2021

On listening: A father’s lesson in storytelling

iPondr contributor Courtney Scott honors her late father, William Barry Scott Sr., with an intergenerational story of deep listening.

March 11, 2021

HeLa, revisited: 'Immortal' cells fuel biomedical research

The great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks reflects on consent, restorative justice and the ongoing importance of HeLa cells in the time of Covid-19.

March 11, 2021

Beyond representation: An educator’s pursuit of equity

Dr. Aaron Johnson, a Black educator in Long Island, New York, reflects on his educational roots, deprogramming whiteness in Black youth, and the vital role of Black male teachers in America.

March 2, 2021

The burden of disease — and the ripple effects of bias

Dr. Ofole Mgbako, an internal medicine doctor and infectious disease specialist in New York, entered the medical field to help fight the disparate burden of disease facing communities of color and the LGBTQ community.