Embracing the Leadership of Women of Color

On June 14, 2016, I had the privilege and honor to speak on the importance of Early Childhood Education to the economic security of low-income women and families at the United State of Women Conference [...]

[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 [...]

How and Why Girls are Getting Pushed Out of School

How and Why Girls are Getting Pushed Out of School, and what should be done about it: An Interview with Monique W. Morris and C. Nicole Mason   “The full inclusion of Black Girls in [...]

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

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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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  • Rising out of Poverty Is More Than Just 'Getting a Job'

    My latest interview on #BornBright on the Brian Lehrer Show

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    Neon-Check. Bangles-Check. Vans Sneakers-Check. Bonne Belle Lip Gloss-Check. Teased bangs-Check. Oh, how I loved 80’s & early 90s pop music. These artists and music traveled to Inglewood, Compton, Long Beach & San Bernardino California with me–in my Sony Walkman of course. On Cassette tape, not CD.

    Playlist 2 - Born Bright: The Black Girl Loves 80s and 90s pop is HERE. Link in bio.

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    You can pre-order #bornbright on Amazon.com

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    It’s finally here! The #bornbright Book Tour & Event Calendar

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    I’m so excited! #bornbright

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