When “Roseanne” premiered in 1988, I was among the millions of Americans who tuned in weekly to watch the Conners navigate life in the Midwest. Although I was a kid in Los Angeles, thousands of miles from the fictional Lanford, Ill., the show’s humorous, caustic portrayal of a working-class family…Click here to read the rest.
On December 6, 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 engaged [...]
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 [...]
On Friday, more than 800,000 federal workers across the country will go without a paycheck if the government fails to reopen. Trump says these workers will "make adjustments" as the shutdown could last months, even years. This, no doubt, will have a trickle-down effect on small businesses and others who rely on these workers to [...]
November 2018--This November, Microsoft News is putting a focus on Poverty in America with a 2-week series examining the root causes of poverty, what poverty really means to the many different kinds of people affected, and what we can do to contribute to the most meaningful solutions. We teamed up with some of our most [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]