Race, Class & The Power of Storytelling at the Aspen Institute

On December 6, 2016 I was in conversation with Jonathan Capehart, member of the Washington Post Editorial Board and MSNBC contributor at the Aspen Institute. We had the opportunity to touch on a range of [...]

[Outtakes] 10 Questions and Answers with Nicole

 In the interview, the author talks about how Lauryn Hill helped her find her voice, the pressure of representing, going home, the best book she’s read all year and what she hopes readers will take [...]

BIG THINK: Want to Know What Causes Poverty? Hint: It’s not Just Money

What Causes Poverty? Not a Lack of Money, but a Lack of Social Relationships   When people think of poverty they think in terms of money and material resources, but a large part of being [...]

Praise for Born Bright

“A thoughtful, well-crafted rejoinder to Claude Brown’s half-century-old Manchild in the Promised Land, speaking to the power of hope and the institutional changes needed to make hope possible.”
Kirkus Reviews
“An illuminating memoir…Born Bright reveals the brutal weight of concentrated, persistent, and racialized poverty on Black girls, Black families, and their communities.”
Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, PolicyLink
“As much as any author I’ve ever read, Dr. Mason shows us that there are millions of poor children who are “born bright.” However, without opportunity or support, many of them will continue to fall through the cracks. Anyone who is working to build a more equitable society should keep Dr. Mason’s message in mind, every day.”
Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director, National Head Start Association

47 million: Number of people living in poverty in the U.S.


The percent of food insecure households in U.S.


Yearly earnings of a minimum wage worker in U.S.

Off the Pages with Nicole

In this episode of Off the Pages, Nicole talks whether or not she feels lucky and the significance of being a Black Woman writer

In this Episode of Off the Pages, Nicole reveals the most difficult subject she wrote about in Born Bright

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    At the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA in conversation with Former Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum

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    On January 9, 2017, I gave a #TED Talk at Detroit Auto Show on upward mobility and the gift of being difficult in Partnership with #Ford and #TED Institute

  • Race, Class and the Power of Storytelling

    A summary of my conversation with Jonathan Capehart, member of the Washington Post Editorial Board and MSNBC Contributor.