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My Story

Probably the most significant years in my career were when I was the Executive Editor of Essence, the premier Black women’s magazine. I gained so much experience in editing, design, reaching audiences, and managing people, processes and money.  I also learned that an “audience” is a person—in this case, 1.2 million of them—who turns to you for information and inspiration.
  
Before that I was Editor-in-Chief of HealthQuest: The Publication of Black Wellness, published for a half-million health-conscious Black readers. Later I was Contributing Editor for Health magazine, in charge of our coverage of mental, emotional and spiritual health. 
 
I’ve worked with brilliant experts to bring their books to fruition. I co-authored The African-American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes with Constance Brown-Riggs, as well as Dr. Brenda Wade’s Power Choices: Signposts on Your Journey to Wholeness, Love, Joy and Peace. I wrote a diabetes health guide in MotherLove’s inspirational memoir Half the Mother, Twice the LoveAnd I edited and contributed to Pleasure and What Your Mother Never Told You About S-E-X by sexual-health expert Dr. Hilda Hutcherson. (She landed on Oprah, though I can’t take credit for that.)   

If there’s a theme for my work, it’s wellness. I cover physical health, personal growth, family, relationships, and spirituality. When I was awarded a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship in Mental Health Journalism in 2009, mental wellness among women and families of color became a passionate area of study, journalistic coverage and advocacy.   

My writing has appeared in major national magazines  (Parenting, Health, Essence, Redbook, Heart & Soul), in regional publications (The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Atlanta Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer Magazine) and in small, niche, and scholarly publications (Art Papers, The International Review of African American Art, The Review of Black Political Economy). I've had short fiction, essays and even a poem or two published as well. 

Working with words is what I do—and what I help others do. With an undergraduate degree in Mass Media Arts and a master’s degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing, I am an assistant professor at Bennett College for Women, where I teach journalism students how to become better communicators.   

Just to stretch things out a bit, I’m a certified yoga instructor. (And starting to write about that, too.)


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