Selected Work

Oprah Daily

“Shine Bright” by Danyel Smith is a Sparkling Ode to Black Woman Singers

Review: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Boston Globe

Reclaiming Black life and joy, in ‘The Trayvon Generation’ 

Boston Sunday Globe Review of Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Oxford American

Cut Me Loose, November 2019

The New York Times

Book Review for Elizabeth Acevedo’s Beautiful With The Fire On High

Op-Ed: What It’s Like to Be Black in Austin

In These Times

The chronic stress impacts of racism and sexism on Black women’s health, March/April 2019


Carnegie Hall’s Musical Workshop at Sing Sing Prison Celebrates 10 Years, February 2019

Kirkus Reviews 

It Was All A Dream, on America’s Broken promise to Black millennials by Reniqua Allen, January 2019

James Baldwin’s niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart, on the re-issue of Little Man, Little Man, September 2018

Esi Edugyan, author of Washington Black, September 2018

Interview with the hilarious & brave Sara Farizan, also a legend, September 2018

Interview with the legend Jacqueline Woodson, September 2018


Michelle Yeoh, Star of Crazy Rich Asians, on 30 Years in the Business, January 2019

John David Washington on the Valuable Lessons He Learned on the Set of Spike Lee’s ‘Black KkKlansman’ Cover Story, August 2018


The Black Social Media Paradox, December 2018

Finding Sanctuary at Jewish Surf Camp August 2018

On travel & discovery in Italy: Florence, Rome and Naples May 2018

Village Voice

On the fifth anniversary of Black Lives Matter, memoirs of the movement, and an assessment of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story July 2018

For Colored Girls When the Rainbow Flag is Not Enough June 2018

Building a Book Scene in the Bronx  May 2018

Harper’s Bazaar (US)

Everything is Love is the Ultimate Ode to Black Freedom June 2018

The Millions

Reconsidering Pablo Neruda in light of The Poet’s Calling June 2018

Two Epic Love Stories for Black History Month and Every Other Month Too (An American Marriage and Their Eyes Were Watching God) February 2018

Selected Essays

I Wish My Mother Would Call, Gawker

The Most Beautiful City in the World, (Edited versions appeared on PostBourgie & in the Austin American Statesman as well as The End of Austin.)

Because I can’t help myself & this actually happened…

My interview with the unparalleled Octavia Butler in 2004