The most significant years in my journalism career were when I was Executive Editor of Essence, the nation's premier Black women’s magazine. I was responsible for content development, top-level editing, managing teams, managing money, working strategically to keep 1.2 million readers coming back for more information and inspiration.
Before that, I was Editor-in-Chief of HealthQuest: The Publication of Black Wellness, which reached a half-million health-aware women and men. Later, I was a 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, 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.)
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 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.
I believe words can work wonders—and I love working with people to help them get their ideas onto the page. 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.
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