Reported Pieces

“Escape Through Death: The Story of Henrietta Duterte”, Damn Joan

“Secrets of the South”, Lenny Letter

“What Happens When Ballet Puts Black Lives At Its Center”,


Reviews and Criticism

“On TV, Black Girls’ Sadness Doesn’t Get to Be Sexy,” Glamour Magazine

“A Closer Look at Beyonce and the Female Deities She Channels”,

“Shaken Out of Time: A review of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time”, Virginia Quarterly Review

“2008 Was a Celebration, 2016 is the Opposite”, New York Times

“Who Gets to Write What?”, New York Times

“Clothes for a 70s Cult: Vivienne Tam Review”,

“Bonds of Brooklyn: Review of Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn”, Boston Globe

“On Michelle Obama”, New York Times Election Blog

“The Riotous Power of Toni Morrison”, Virginia Quarterly Review

“POC vs MFA: Response to Junot Diaz”, Asian American Literary Review

“What I Love, What I Hate, What I Should Like: Lorraine Hansberry: A Museum Show and Opening the Archive”,


Personal Essays

“Sisterhood Felt Meaningless, So My Sisters and I Got in the Car”, New York Times

“Texting with Boys”, New York Times

“The Dread of Taxes that Even Beyonce Can’t Fix”, New York Times

“Sacred Space: A Review of the National African American History Museum”, Lenny Letter

“Eat the Fish”, Lenny Letter

“A Small Place for Us”, Lenny Letter

“There’s No Freedom in Failure”,

“Shattering Three Generations of Beauty Myths”,

“This Story is For Anyone Who Feels Invisible”,

“My Mother’s Garden”, New York Times

“Language is Failing Us”,



“I Love Betty”, Lenny Letter

“Four Tales for Dry Land”, The Offing

“Nymphadora of Spring City, 1929” , Transition Magazine at the Hutchinson Center Harvard, Issue 118

"Empire of the Universe", Kweli Journal

“A Mindful World”, Apogee Journal

"Axe Wound", Guernica

Excerpt of “Planets”, The Feminist Wire