Other Writing

A Selection

Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 11.49.07 AM“Black Cowboys, Busting One of America’s Defining Myths,” The New Yorker

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.26.23 PM“New York Playgrounds I Have Known,” The New Yorker

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.26.23 PM“A Young Black Girl’s View of Harlem at the Start of the Great Migration,” The New Yorker

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.26.23 PM“The Long, Vital History of Bystander Recordings,” The New Yorker

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 1.33.03 PM“Can A Mural Save Your Life?”Buzzfeed
An extract from the anthology The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward

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The Wisdom of the Moving Man,” New York Times
For the Modern Love column in the Fashion & Style section.

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Who is Zwarte Piete?,” Virginia Quarterly Review
On the history and politics of a shameful Dutch tradition

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A Little Song I Wrote,” Killing the Buddah
Bobby McFerrin’s people called on me. This is what happened when I showed up.

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Searching for Zion,” Transition Magazine
This essay was the genesis for the book.

Hiding in Plain Sight,” Guernica

Daughters of Obama,” Guernica

Mulattobama,” The Guardian

The Throne of Zion,” The Believer
An excerpt from Searching for Zion.

The Structure of Bubbles, Aster(ix) Journal (originally in Narrative Magazine)
A short story featuring the protagonist of The Professor’s Daughter.

Orb Weaver,” Nerve