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 was selected as one of eight writers for NBC's 2017 Writers on the Verge program and am currently a writer on Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar. Did I tell you that book adaptations are one of my jams?
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.