Selected Works

Personal Essays

LENNY LETTER How I Overcame My Anger as a Black Writer Online

BUZZFEED  How Therapy Doesn't Make Me A Bad Christian  

FUSION Why I Got A Labiaplasty in My 20s

CATAPULT       A Love Letter to Harlem

                           A Hunger for Men's Eyes

                          To Be Seen and Unseen Column

LITERARY HUB  Writing While Black 

TALKING POINTS MEMO The Psychic Toll of Reading The News While Black 

 ELECTRIC LITERATURE The Struggle To Be A Good Critic 

 FOR HARRIET  What A Four-Year-Old Taught Me About Police Brutality

THE HUFFINGTON POST The Gift of Love and Memory 


BUZZFEED  Who Gets To Take Part In The Menstruation Conversation?

RACKED The Quiet Racism of Instagram Filters


Profiles and Interviews

SHONDALAND How Marie Dutton Brown Transformed The Literary World

                           Poet Nikki Giovanni on Age, Identity, and the Passing of Time

VULTURE (NEW YORK MAGAZINE) Gucci Mane Got Out of Prison and Wrote a Book. Here's How It All Happened.

COSMOPOLITAN Issa Rae Talks Insecure, Sex Scenes, and Black Female Friendship

ROLLING STONE Patricia Lockwood: The Poet Laureate of Twitter

THE CUT (NEW YORK MAGAZINE)  Claudia Rankine on Black Glamour

LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS Doubt and Shame in "The Mothers": An Interview with Brit Bennett

VICE    'Luke Cage' Is The 'Hip-Hop Comic Book Show' You've Been Waiting For

             Two Glasses of Sangria with Comedian Phoebe Robinson

THE TOAST  Writing, Trans Identity, Race, and All the Poetry: An Interview With Meredith Talusan

Literary Journalism and Analysis

TIN HOUSE On Suzanne Césaire’s “The Malaise of a Civilization”

NYT BOOK REVIEW 'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?': Fiction by an Author Who Died Young

THE NEW REPUBLIC  Is Trump Ruining Book Sales?

                                       The Old Problems of "New People"

NYLON How One Women Saved The Home of Legendary Poet, Langston Hughes

HAZLITT   Reading Bored, White Girls

ELLE  Toni Morrison: Writing Is a Dangerous Pursuit

THE NEW YORKER The Forgotten Work of Jessie Redmon Fauset

                                   Black Women Writers and The Secret Space of Diaries

POETS & WRITERS  Activating Public Space With Books

                                   Kimbilio Nurtures Black Writers    

PACIFIC STANDARD For a Writer of Color, Is Twitter More Valuable Than an MFA? 

Sports and Pop Culture

PITCHFORK Azealia Banks and the Double Standard of Mental Illness

THE ATLANTIC Why the Debate Over Nate Parker Is So Complex

ROLLING STONE  Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest Tells Us About America

                                Usain Bolt: What The World's Fastest Man Means to Jamaica

ESPN The unconventional legacy of Dominique Dawes

 ELLE    Solange's "A Seat at the Table" Is Not for Everyone

              'Lemonade' Is About Black Women Healing Themselves and Each Other

COSMOPOLITAN Orange Is The New Black Season 4 Review

VOGUE 90 Years Later, the Radical Power of Josephine Baker's Banana Skirt


THE NEW YORK TIMES (Op-Ed Section) How America Fails Black Girls

TEEN VOGUE Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Getting Criticized for Her Comments on Transgender Women

                         The Important Conversation We Should Be Having About The San Bernardino Shooting

THE NEW YORK TIMES (Room for Debate) A Conflict of Faith and Self

                                                                           Appreciate the History of Names to Root out Stigma

THE GUARDIAN    I'm a black gentrifier in Harlem - and it's not a good feeling

                              The 7 black women on magazine covers in September showcase our greatness

                             Mo'Nique Won An Oscar Then Got 'Blackballed'. Of course it's about race.