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 topics including the power of stories and narratives to build a more inclusive and equitable society. The audience was deeply [...]

By | December 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

[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

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 poor is suffering from a lack of social connections and networks, and living in a low-income area with no infrastructure [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jonathan Capehart & I talk the American Dream and the Power of Storytelling to Accelerate Change

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.

By | November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Keep ‘Em Coming: Reader Reviews of Born Bright HIGHLIGHTS

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 [...]

By | November 29th, 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

Talking Born Bright, Voice & Poverty on C-Span with Vanessa DeLuca, EIC of Essence Magazine

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 [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Catch Me at TEDWomen 2016 in San Francisco, CA

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 [...]

By | August 2nd, 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

BUSTLE: 7 Things To Know When Talking About Poverty And Social Justice, Based On ‘Born Bright

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 [...]

By | July 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments