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Books
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Lilith, but dark (poetry)
May 2018 via Publishing Genius

Cultural Criticism
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In 'The Incredible Jessica James,' the Protagonist Breaks the Conventions of a Rom-Com Leading Lady
Jessica breaks the mold of indie rom-com leads because she doesn’t shrug away parts of her personality in order to be some ukulele-playing fairy child floating through life, whatever may come.

What 'Chewing Gum' and 'Jane the Virgin' Teach Us About Virginity
Sexual empowerment doesn't always have to come with the price of promiscuity

Twice as Good: How Black Actresses Get Half the Recognition 
For black actresses in Hollywood, the age gap for getting breakout roles means missing out on long careers and lucrative paydays. 

Personal Essays
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My Mama's Manicures Taught Me How to Take Care of Myself
For a long time, I didn't want to be "my mother's daughter." But it turns out that, at least when it comes to getting our nails done, I am. 

Don't Let Men Steal Your Favorite Songs
After years of trading music with boyfriends, I've finally reclaimed these songs for myself.

My Mother and I Finally Opened Up About Our Anxiety and Depression
Because my mother never acknowledged her depression, I never opened up about mine. Now that she's in treatment for both anxiety and depression, we finally talked about the open secret between us. 

Interviews and Profiles
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Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling 

Kylie Bunbury, actor

Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar

Lynn Whitfield, actor

Other
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Romance Novels Ruined Me, Amazon Kindle Single
In this longform essay, I look at how my love of romance novels may have affected my expectations about relationships. 

Podcasts
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Thirst Aid Kit
BuzzFeed Audio
Co-host with Bim Adewunmi, covering pop culture and desire

Love is Not Enough
For Colored Nerds
Guest, discussing career changes, interracial relationships, romance novels, more

Strange Relationship
Dig If You Will the Podcast
Guest, recounting the time she almost saw Prince face to face

Over the Rainbow (with Morris Day)
Another Round
Conducted interview with co-host Tracy Clayton

The Vulture TV Podcast
Vulture
Guest, discussing tv show Black-ish

I am... Lola LaFway (with Nichole Perkins)
Another Round
Guest, discussing Prince, Beyonce's Lemonade, and sex

Dream Sequences on TV
Vulture
Guest, discussing favorite television dream sequences