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Public Speaking

Leading in the After Times: Remarks for my alma mater, Emma Willard’s, Honors Convocation

Oprah Daily

Review: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Review: Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

Review: Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia 

The Boston Globe

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

Oxford American

Cut Me Loose, November 2019

The Nation

Review: The Subversive Joy of ‘Hustlers’ 

TIME Magazine

Review: Deacon King Kong by James McBride 

Review: A Family Grows in Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson’s Red at the Bone

Review: Patsy May Be Fiction But Its Story of a Black Woman Immigrant Is Searingly True 

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


Black Girl Magic, April 2019

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 

‘Freight Train’ author/illustrator Donald Crews & his daughter Nina on continuing a tradition in children’s books, February 2019

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

Bitch Media

Q&A with ‘Reclaiming Space’ author Feminista Jones, January 2019


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

Literary Hub

From Apartment to Bryant Park: A Poetry Salon Grows Up July 2018

Harper’s Bazaar (US)

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


Celebrating a Profound Literary Inheritance: Glory Edim on the Well-Read Black Girl Anthology, November 2018

Who Sank El Faro? An Interview with Rachel Slade May 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