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 topics including the power of stories and narratives to build a more inclusive and equitable society. The audience was deeply [...]
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 poor is suffering from a lack of social connections and networks, and living in a low-income area with no infrastructure [...]
The election was a doozy for all of us. I am excited to be in conversation with Jonathan Capehart, member of the Editorial Board of the Washington Post and MSNBC Contributor at the Aspen Institute on December 6, 2016. The event will be followed by a reception and book signing. To RSVP, click here.
Before Born Bright was published, I was warned by my editor, literary agent and many others to NOT read reviews of the book. BUT, I did anyway and I have to say I have been deeply moved. The reviews have been very thoughtful and a true reflection of all I hoped to gain by writing [...]
On September 15, 2016, I had the opportunity to share the stage with Vanessa DeLuca, Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE Magazine and Charlene Carruthers, National Director of BYP100 to discuss Born Bright, the experiences of Black women and girls in America, and how poverty can impede upward mobility. The event was filmed by C-SPAN and airs regularly [...]
I am beyond honored to be invited to deliver a talk at TEDWomen 2016 in San Francisco, California. There, I will join national and global thought leaders who are working to solve some of the world's most pressing social issues. I plan to talk about the courage to disrupt and the gift of being difficult. If [...]
The United States government once declared war on poverty, but we have never been able to stamp it out. The problem continues, constraining the lives of some 47 million Americans and impeding any semblance of social justice. Being able to talk about the issue in the abstract is a luxury many do not have. In [...]
On September 15, 2016, Vanessa DeLuca, Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE Magazine and I had a an amazing and thought provoking conversation at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. Charlene Carruthers, National Director of BYP100 read selections from Born Bright. To view a clip of the event, click here.
Writing can be a transgressive and political act. At its best, a well-crafted and finely told story can point the reader in the direction of her healing, her power and her connection to the world and others. In this interview with C. Nicole Mason, author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to [...]