I’ve always defined myself as a writer and a mother. I don’t often write about being mother but almost everything I write about is somehow inspired by my children. So, it seems pretty appropriate that I am now penning a monthly column for the local Philadelphia NPR affiliate about parenting and family life. By no … More My New Gig as Parenting Blogger on Newsworks.org
In honor of Women’s History Month, I will be signing books at Ten Thousand Villages in Chestnut Hill on March 7, from 2 – 5 pm. Please come out and say hello, buy a book, enjoy the music and have some free M&Ms. Thanks!
Today is my birthday. I am over age 40. I own my home, have three healthy children and a job I absolutely love. In a nutshell, I don’t need any presents this year, but still there’s something I want more than anything in this world. And that is respect. I am still waiting for the … More Living in the Lower Case Just Got Personal: A Birthday Wish For Me and You
I am a writer so my protests appear on the page. I have decided to follow in the footsteps of W.E.B. Du Bois and initiate an official campaign to get the New York Times and the Associated Press to officially change their stylebooks to indicate that, when referring to Black people, Black should always be … More The #CapitalBCampaign on Change.org
Years ago, over on my original MyAmericanMeltingpot blog, I wrote about how much it bothered me that when writing about Black people, “Black” was always changed to the lowercase. Working in the publishing industry, this has always been an issue between myself and the copy editors. I’d always turn in my stories with Black being … More Capital B Campaign and Another Op-Ed in The New York Times
I think it’s safe to say that it is every journalist’s dream to one day see their byline in The New York Times. Well that dream came true for me on April 30, 2014. The New York Times asked my Hair Story co-author, Ayana Byrd and I to pen an op-ed about the Army’s new … More My Byline in the New York Times
I am so excited to announce that I have just signed a contract with Beacon Press to publish my next book. It’s going to be a non-fiction book that examines the role of colorism in American families. I’ll be sharing some of my own experiences in the pages of the book, but it’s not going … More New Book Deal!
If you would have told me 15 years ago, that Black hair was going to take me this far, I never would have believed it. But with the re-release of my first book, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, I am having the chance to talk with people all over the … More Hair Story All Over the World
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014. I’m not making any official resolutions but I’m excited about getting to work on my next book, which begins as soon as the New Year is officially done being celebrated and the kids are back in school. In case you were wondering, the next book is non-fiction and … More Happy Holidays!
I don’t let myself fantasize too much about the possibility of Kinky Gazpacho actually becoming a major motion picture, but it might actually happen. The wheels of progress keep turning – and no I have nothing to do with the process– so I shouldn’t be too pessimistic. But we all know Hollywood isn’t kind to … More Kinky Gazpacho: The Movie