I write stuff
I began my writing career at five years old when I wrote a book about a family of dogs who were renowned roller skaters. When that didn't translate into overnight success, I went on to be an entertainment journalist, writing pieces like this. Then I penned several books including the essay collection The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop’s Greatest Songs, which was taught in schools around the country, a YA novel, and I was tapped by Simon & Schuster to write two books based on the television show Everybody Hates Chris.
In between, I worked in New York book publishing, taught freshman comp for ten years at various colleges, slummed in nearly all of the major cities on the east coast, started a marketing business for books and films, and may have sold the occasional dime bag. Since it became clear that I will never run out of stories, I moved to Los Angeles to finally pursue film and television writing.
By day, I worked as a film distribution exec, and in 2016, I was a Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow. I'm the co-writer and executive producer of the forthcoming film REALLY LOVE, produced by MACRO.
I'm also in an open relationship with TV because there's something so sexy about a story engine. I was selected as one of eight writers for NBC's 2017 Writers on the Verge program. Dramedy is my jam. Book adaptations are also high on my list.
Since 2012, I've run The Create Daily, a resource for creators, with a focus on those of us who are underrepresented. I hold an M.A. in writing from Emerson College.
I'm represented by CAA and Industry Entertainment.
Stuff my mom wants you to know:
- I am the best writer ever. Period.
- Oprah will love my work, you know, once she reads it. And Jay-Z should do something with my hip-hop book.
- I did a TEDx talk.