Whew, seems I’ve been a little distracted of late and not updating with recent stories I’ve written! I’ve been writing throughout September but have been lazy about even looking at this blog. In the past month I’ve interviewed filmmaker Ava DuVernay and talked to her about her latest project in relaunching her gender and ethnic diversity in film releasing network. I did not one, but two stories on Jussie Smollett — one about a viral video of him mopping his floor and another about season two of Empire, his music and his work as an activist. And I wrote a piece debunking some recent rumors surrounding activist DeRay Mckesson and his guest lecture spot at Yale.
On Tuesday I interviewed two activists out of Black Lives Matter chapters in Massachusetts who met with former Secy. of State Hillary Clinton. While they did have some words about their meeting with Clinton, ultimately they had a message for all the candidates: Get a real analysis on race. Continue reading
In the second installment of the After the Fire series for The Root, I take a look at two different styles of movement leadership — one with a strong central figure and one that is decentralized and community-based. Black Lives Matter is built out of the community base model. In this story, I speak with organizers and activists out of Ferguson, WyzeChef and Netta, as well as Rev. Al Shaprton and we go over some of the historical tension between BLM adherents and Sharpton that culminated last year during a rally in D.C. Continue reading
For The Root a first in a series of long-form pieces by your truly started running this Sunday. The stories, as part of “After the Fire” series, go in-depth about the state of the movement, where its been, where it’s headed and what it’s facing. The first story, “How to Burn What Can’t Catch Fire,” looks the brief, unfinished history of digital movements around racial justice. Upcoming pieces will look at divisions, politics and challenges. Continue reading
Most of my friends and family know I have a fear of driving, especially on the highway. I didn’t always have this fear. It manifested over several years, worsening to the point that I gave up my car. The tragedy of Sandra Bland once again reminds that even during the most routine situations — driving — safety is an illusion if you’re black and in America. And it is knowing that safety is an illusion — especially when behind the wheel of a car — that is at the root of my fears. I wrote about this for The Root Thursday. Continue reading