Mud and Writing

Posted on 04/21/2014 at 1:47pm
Boots muddy water

Sometimes writing is like slogging through mud. A vast, clumpy sepia sea that extends beyond the horizon. A molasses thickread more >

“Going Down the Rabbit Hole” in Search of the Joy Goddess

Posted on 02/11/2014 at 8:17pm
SS Paris A'Lelia Walker sails from New York to Le Havre in November 1921

“Going down a rabbit hole.” People use this phrase to mean many different things. For anyone whose writing requires research,read more >

BlackPast.org Features A’Lelia Walker Essay

Posted on 02/05/2014 at 5:54pm
A'Lelia Walker with her mother, Madam C. J. Walker, in Indianapolis circa 1914 (Madam Walker Family Archives)

Many thanks to Quintard Taylor and BlackPast.org for inviting me to write an essay about A’Lelia Walker for Black Historyread more >

Writing Biography: An Update on “The Joy Goddess of Harlem”

Posted on 11/23/2013 at 8:54pm
Langston Hughes called A'Lelia Walker "the joy goddess of Harlem's 1920s."

Anyone who knows me well, knows I’ve been working on a biography of A’Lelia Walker, my great-grandmother and namesake, forread more >

Why Are Americans So Afraid to Talk about Slavery?

Posted on 09/10/2013 at 6:47pm
Azie Mira Dungey, the actress who plays Lizzie Mae in the web series "Ask a Slave."

  A few days ago, I came across Azie Mira Dungey’s new satirical web series, “Ask a Slave.” As aread more >