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 the book. I hoped to tell a different story about about poverty and the American Dream, connect my story with [...]
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 for the New York Women’s Foundation, highlights and how the social sector might embrace and lift up diverse voices to [...]
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 on C-SPAN BookTV. Check your local listings for the scheduled programming in your area.
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 you plan to attend, I hope to see you there. If not, I hope that you'll live stream the conference [...]