MEDIA & JOURNALISM

I developed my journalism career as a freelance writer and a newspaper reporter. I've written for Black Enterprise magazine, the Denver Post, the Boulder Daily Camera, Africa Today magazine, the Urban Spectrum, the Denver Weekly News, the Ithaca Journal and other publications. I've been fortunate to write about well-known and influential media personalities, including the late ABC news anchor Peter Jennings, former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale, filmmakers Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Bamboozled), Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, The Ladies Man), Essence Magazine former editor-in-chief Susan Taylor, actor David Allen Grier (Boomerang, A Soldier's Story, In Living Color) comedian Michael Winslow (Police Academy, Space Balls) and great musicians like Carlos Santana, Jimmy Cliff, Mary J. Blige, the Neville Brothers, Hugh Masekela, Black Uhuru, De la Soul, Digable Planets, Roy Hargrove, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ice Cube, Ice T, Shabba Ranks, Femi Kuti, Joan Armatrading, Cyndi Lauper, Marie Daulne & Zap Mama, Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz, Johnny Clegg, Vusi Mahlasela, the Refugee All-Stars, Denise Williams and others.

Throughout the 90s I developed a strong interest in African American culture and its influence on mainstream popular culture, which naturally expanded to broader views of Africa and the Motherland. I've recently been writing a series called "An Eye on Africa," which offers news, features, cultural and philosophical ideas about Africa that are alternative perspectives to the crisis sensationalism of mainstream media. You can read my "An Eye on Africa" series here. By working in a wide variety of contexts as a journalist, I translate my experience into media analysis, marketing, advertising, publicity, social media strategies and interrelated communications milieus.