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 Love. And 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.
For a complete resume, please follow this link.