Essays

On Women

"She was my first…"
Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks

"For black women, street harassment is an even more terrifying reality."
SheKnows

"10 Black Women Who Lost Their Lives to Violence"
SheKnows

"Dating While Smart"
Clutch
xoJane

"We have to give our black girls “the talk”- and it’s not about sex."
SheKnows

"We Need New Dolls"

AfroNoire

"No Way to Say “No”: On Public Sexual Abuse and an American Woman’s Murder"
AfroNoire

"Women’s History Month: 10 Women Authors to Read"
BlogHer Feature

"10 Black Women Writers to Read in Black History Month"
BlogHer Feature

"Zora Neale Hurston’s Spirit is 124 Years Old."
BlogHer Feature


On Race

"I’m Black, But I’m Not Applauding Moonlight"
SheKnows

"What Do I Tell My Son?"
SheKnows

"Is Oscar Prejudiced? How Hattie McDaniels’ Story Still Haunts Us Today"

AfroNoire

"Important and Troubling Book-to-Film Issues In My
Favorite Movies: ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Beloved’"

BlogHer Feature


On Culture

"Girlhood: the heartwarming story of girls coming-of-age in France"
BlogHer

"I would not be the person I am today if not for my teen parents."
SheKnows

"Remembering Director Mike Nichols Through His Movies"
BlogHer Feature

"A Tribute to Oprah’s Black Book Club Selections"

Clutch Feature

"Rosemary’s Baby: A Retrospective"
Ravenous Monster

"Alma: A Concise Creepy Doll Nightmare"

Ravenous Monster

"Building a Black American Library"
London Independent on Sunday

"The New Chicago"
African Diaspora Tourism

"And What Now? The Writer’s Life"

Black Issues Book Review 

“If your writing were to cross-dress…”
Hermeneutic Chaos Symposium #5

"Pulling Into History: Chicago’s Pullman Historic District"
African Diaspora Tourism Guest Blog

"Tour Black Literary History in Chicago"
African Diaspora Tourism Guest Blog

"Black Theater History in Chicago"
African Diaspora Tourism Guest Blog