Projects

Here are a few of my long-term book, multimedia, preservation and public policy projects.

The Future of the Arts & Society

The Future of the Arts & Society

My first “sanctuary” project as a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation was the The Future of the Arts and Society. Please see this PRESS RELEASE for our kick-off event during Art Basel Miami 2013. For several months, I worked

Race, Class, Culture & School Reform

Race, Class, Culture & School Reform

I can honestly say, that I have never used my journalism and research skills on any endeavor as intensely as I have in trying to raise my kids in the city. Not only has my family struggled to navigate public,

Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City

Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City

 

 

 

My new book is “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City,” a look at Washington, D.C.’s unique musical culture published in 2012 on Duke University Press.

Do The Right Thing @ 20

This was one of my favorite projects when I worked as an editor at The Root. To mark the 20th Anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” I created this microsite of multimedia essays, interactive quizzes, downloadable games and

Deconstructing Tyrone

Deconstructing Tyrone

In 2006, I co-authored my first book, “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation” by Cleis Press with my dear friend the journalist Natalie Y. Moore. As feminists of the hip-hop generation, we wrote half

Cracker Johnson

Cracker Johnson

In 2005, my family bought a historic house in West Palm Beach, FL built by a black man named James Jerome “Cracker” Johnson, a bootlegger, numbers runner and entrepreneur who was killed by the white mob in the 1940s. Since