Essays, Poems, Stories, Etc.


“14 of the Best Nonfiction Books Published by Black Authors in 2015,” The Root, December 2015

“15 Powerful Works of Fiction Published by Black Authors in 2015,” The Root, December 2015

“But You’re So Smart, You Can’t Be Black,” Ozy Magazine, November 2015

“How to Change the Church From Within,” US Catholic Magazine, October 2015

“Where Should My Black Son Go To School?” Dame Magazine, June 2015

“Searching for Books for A Young Reader?” The Root, May 2015

“The Root’s Summer Reading List: 10 Great Books,” The Root, May 2015

“The Terror of the Flat Iron,” Ozy, May 2015

“20 Black Poets to Know (and Love),” The Root, April 2015

“5 Moments in the Life of a Black Mother,” The Hairpin, January 2015

“What Is Said,” North American Review online, January 2015

“The 15 Best Black Fiction Books of 2014,” The Root, December 2014

“The 15 Best Black Nonfiction Books of 2014,” The Root, November 2014

“10 Reason Why Willow and Jaden’s NYT Interview is the Best Thing Ever,” Ms. Magazine online, November 2014

“On Street Harassment and Race,” The Root, November 2014

“If We Want Diverse Books We Need Diverse MFA Programs,” The Root, September 2014

“Am I My Sister’s Keeper?” Ms. Magazine online, June 2014

“Local Writers Reflect On Maya Angelou,” Los Angeles Magazine, June 2014

“The Cruel Choice Black Women Face: Between Education and Safety,” Salon, December 2013

“Why Is It Still Legal to Profile Working Moms?” Ms. Magazine online, November 2013

“Black Girl Walking,” Gawker, November 2013

“20 Funny Black Women of Twitter,” Ms. Magazine online, October 2013

“Domestic Violence Is Not A Cultural Tradition But A Crime,” The Feminist Wire, October 2013

“Tiana Parker and Our Black Hair,” Ms. Magazine online, September 2013

“On Black Breastfeeding Week,” Ms. Magazine online, August 2013

“Are We Not Mothers Too? How the Attachment Parenting Debate Ignores Women of Color,” The Daily Beast, August 2013

“Miley’s Big Foam Finger Is Pointing At You: Stereotypes Plus Objectification Equals $$$,” The Feminist Wire, August 2013

“99 Ways to Respect Black Women,” Ms. Magazine online, August 2013

“But What About the Children?” The Feminist Wire, July 2013

“What About Our Fear? An Open Letter To My Fellow American Citizens By A Black American Mother,” For Harriet, June 2013


“Exodus I: Father’s American Superheroes,” Ruminate Literary Journal, Spring 2016

“Mouth,” Ruminate Literary Journal, Spring 2016

“Skin III: Firebird,” Hysteria Poetry Anthology, Fall 2016

“Chronicles (Of A Violence Foretold),” Literary Mama, Winter 2016

“Skin I: Advice He Gives When He Thinks I Am Not Listening” Weave Magazine, Winter 2016

“Deuteronomy,” Salamander Literary Journal, January 2016

“Slow Dance, With Bullet,” Lit Hub, August 2015

“listen,” NonBinary Review, June 2015

“Job (War Survivor’s Guilt),” Ruminate Literary Journal, May 2015

“Judges,” joINT Literary, April 2015

“The Nerve,” Fjords Literary Review, January 2015

“Rib,” North American Review, January 2015

“Heart,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“Letter to My Son IV: Hips,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“Skin V: Four Years In Evanston, IL,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“How to Protect Yourself From White Men With Guns in America,” Split this Rock, December 2014

“Numbers,” Kalyani Magazine, October 2013

“New York City Love Song #28,” Cease Cows, September 2013

“New York City Love Song #29,” Cease Cows, September 2013


“The Glow,” Kweli Journal, Spring 2015

“Arcadia,” All About Skin Anthology, November 2014


“Nnedi Okorafor is Putting Africans at the Center of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” The Root, December 2015

“Kevin Powell: The Evolution of an Activist,” The Root, December 2015

“Landscapes of Exclusion: Hope Wabuke Interviews Carolyn Finney,” Guernica, September 2015

“Young, Gifted and Black: Hope Wabuke Interviews Jeffery Renard Allen,” Guernica, May 2015

“Poet Elizabeth Alexander on the Healing Power of Words,” The Root, April 2015

“Ask Paul Beatty: Why a Comical Book About Slavery?” The Root, April 2015

“20 Questions With David Haynes,” Kimbilio Fiction, June 2014

“20 Questions with Daniel Jose Older,” Kimbilio Fiction, May 2014

“20 Questions With Roxane Gay,” Kimbilio Fiction, November 2013


“Why Shonda Rhimes Chose to Celebrate A Year of Yes,” The Root, November 2015

“Remembering the Forgotten Black Heroes of WWII,” The Root, October 2015

“A Mother’s Nurturing Love Shines Brightly In Ordinary Light,” The Root, October 2015

Undivided: A Muslim Daughter and Her Christian Mother Struggle to Find Peace,” The Root, September 2015

“Balm: Three Who Began New Lives After the Civil War,” The Root, August 2015

“Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me,” The Root, July 2015

Loving Day Captures What It Means To Be Multiracial In America,” The Root, July 2015

“Twisted: A Man and His Dreadlocks, A Love Story,” The Root, June 2015

“Only The Strong: A Superbly Told Tale of Redemption And Survival,” The Root, June 2015

The Turner House: A Tale of a Family’s Triumph Over Loss,” The Root, May 2015

Pleasantville: A Mystery Thriller That Pays Attention to Missing Black Girls,” The Root, May 2015

“In Toni Morrison’s Latest Novel, Black Lives Matter,” The Root, April 2015

“Award-winning Poet Explores How We Look and See,” The Root, March 2015

“A Horror Story of Modern Slavery and the Power of a Son’s Love,” The Root, February 2015

X: A Novel: How Malcolm X Grew From ‘Little’ to the Leader of a Revolution,” The Root, January 2015

Desiree Zamorano’s The Amado Women in The Rumpus, October 2014

Kirkus Reviews, various, June 2014-present