I am a writer and scholar. I juggle many projects that engage the public with ideas, culture and policy. (For my most recent projects, see my 2013 Year in Review.)
Currently, I am a fellow with the nonprofit Interactivity Foundation and frequent essayist with publications in The Washington Post, The Root, Essence magazine, the New York Times, TheAtlantic.com. I also lecture at Georgetown University’s Master’s in journalism program, and do public speaking and consulting. In 2009 I co-founded the Freshwater Project, which does research, preservation and community dialogue in the historically black West Palm Beach community once known as Freshwater.
My latest book, Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City, (Duke University Press June 2012), was named to SPIN magazine’s Top Ten Music Books of 2012. It was also nominated for a 2013 Hurston-Wright Award in the nonfiction category. I began my career as an arts writer and editor in the Washington Post’s Style and Outlook (Sunday Opinion) sections and later joined the founding team of editors of the web journal of politics and culture, The Root.
I am a proud graduate of Howard University, where I did my undergraduate work in political science and I later earned Master’s and Ph.D from the University of Maryland-College Park. My first book, co-authored with Natalie Y. Moore, was “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation” in 2006 by Cleis Press. Fun fact: one of the DT cultural essays was anthologized in Best Sex Writing 2006.
My parents are from Guyana and I was born in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). I moved to Indiana and then Florida as a kid. I’m married to my college sweetheart and we live with our two children in Washington D.C. and West Palm Beach, FL.