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[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 away from the book.   Why did you write this book? I really wanted to tell a different story about [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 in Washington, DC. At the event, the leadership of women of color was front and center.   This article, written [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 the conversation about school discipline, pushout, and criminalization is important because it affects them—and their well-being is worthy of investment.” [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Against All Odds: My Journey from Nothing to Something in America

*Originally Published at marieclaire.com The expectations for my life were carved out before I could have ever begun to imagine what I might want for myself. I suppose this is true for all children, including those born into privilege. As a brown-skinned girl born to a teenage mother, I had a low bar of success. [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Born Bright the book – KIRKUS REVIEW

The aspirational story of a young African-American woman’s rise from poverty. “I considered myself fortunate, but in no way exceptional.” So, toward the end of her memoir, writes Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest executive director Mason of finding herself safely in academia and away from the fraught streets of the inner [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments