Recent Posts

Byline | EBONY Magazine 2018

Byline | EBONY Magazine 2018

Check out my two feature articles in EBONY Sept 2018 Fashion Issue. I had the pleasure to speak with the indefatigable Emmy Award-nominated lead actress and TV show creator, Issa Rae. I write about her experience with the Peabody award-winning HBO series “Insecure” and how 

Witness to King’s Assassination Speaks Out

“We didn’t think he would die… He can’t.” Mary Ellen Ford nee’ Norwood said of the Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the 50th commemoration of the assassination. In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, Ford said she worked at 

Historic Beale Street

Traveling to Memphis, Tennessee for #MLK50, commemorating the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Be sure to visit the First Baptist Church on Beale Street. It’s billed as the first and largest “negro missionary church built after the Civil War.”

Rap*s New Generation

  The writing was on the wall. The New Generation arrived with a mic in one hand, a yes, yes, Y’all on their lips and two turntables and speakers set to spin. Hip Hop wasn’t just a music revolution; it was a political movement. It 

The Havard Gazette : Radcliffe acquires papers of activist Angela Davis

Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library has acquired the papers of famed activist Angela Davis. Angela Davis, iconic activist, scholar and leading advocate for prison abolition, has found a new home for her life’s work. In 2016, Kenvi Phillips, Ph.D. (US History) the newly installed Curator for Race 

Blitter – An ISM-Free Social Network?

Blitter, a new social networking app created by Patrick Francis, made its debut on October 5, 2017. The Blitter profile listed in the iTunes Store indicates:         “Blitter is a social network built on love, passion, and empathy. Blitter does not condone 

Spotlight on Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood

In the first half of the 20th century, black women were largely relegated to playing mammy and jezebel roles. A new exhibition reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color. Source: Forgotten Black Women of 

How to Be a Successful Black Woman

In a new MoMA show, the twenty-nine-year-old “conceptual entrepreneur” Martine Syms takes on lessons in etiquette. She stalks film and television history for images of black women performing the mundane” Source: How to Be a Successful Black Woman

Why I’m devoting a year to helping black newspapers survive

As black communities risk being overlooked by many newsrooms, so do black newspapers risk being overlooked or undervalued by advertisers. During the next year, I’ll study family, legacy and the viability of black newspapers in America as a Knight-Wallace fellow. When I first returned to the Richmond 

“Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work”| Detroit Housewives League

The 3rd Sunday in May is a special day in Black history when we celebrate the founder of the Detroit Housewives League, Fannie Peck.In 1930s Black women couldn’t afford to stay at home and wait for their husbands. Too many businesses would sell goods and services 

Technology Wunderkind Seeks to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Women, and black women, in particular, have an uphill battle for funding no matter how innovative and successful they are, especially when proving black women-led Tech startups can secure substantial financing. Angel Rich helped generate more than $6 billion for her former employer, Prudential, as 

Where’s the financing for Black Women-led Tech Start-Ups

Black women led businesses generated more than $44 billion in year revenues (AMEX 2015) Yet, a mere 0.2. of venture deals from (2012-2014) went to black women business owners.   It seemed Black women founders, who own a majority of Black businesses, are invisible in the 

Black-Owned Major Film Studio

Question:  What is the name of a major film studio (production and film distribution) that has majority African-American/black ownership. Wikipedia defines major film studio is a production and film distributor  that releases a substantial number of films annually and consistently commands a significant share of box office  

All Black Media: Making Movies (and Moves) that Matter

Actress Garcelle Beauvais and producer Lisa L. Wilson have teamed up to form Beauvais Wilson Productions, a multi-media production company that will focus on making movies that matter. Source: Garcelle Beauvais, Lisa L. Wilson Form Multi-Media Production Company