My New Gig as Parenting Blogger on Newsworks.org

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

Living in the Lower Case Just Got Personal: A Birthday Wish For Me and You

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

Capital B Campaign and Another Op-Ed in The New York Times

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

New Book Deal!

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!

Happy Holidays!

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!