From Essence:

08.21.2017 / Essay: "We Should All Take a Note from Dick Gregory's Unapologetic Activism

07.14.2017 / Interview with Sheila E: "Sheila E. Opens Up About What It Was Really Like Creating Timeless Music With Prince

05.05.2017 / Interview with Carra Patterson: “Straight Outta Compton Actress Carra Patterson Joins the August Wilson Revolution in Jitney on Broadway

05.03.2017 / Essay: “Why Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Was the Perfect Predecessor to Get Out

04.11.2017 / “Grammy Newbies: Breakout Artists Making Their First Grammys Appearance

02.09.2017 / Interview with Erykah Badu: “How Baduizm LIberated and Trapped Erykah Badu at the Same Time

01.30.2017 / Interview with David Oyelowo: “A United Kingdom Continues David Oyelowo’s Streak of Making Magic With Filmmakers of Color

10.20.2016 / Interview with Ben Vereen: “You Won’t Want to Miss Ben Vereen in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

10.03.2016 / Review: “Solange’s A Seat at the Table Is the Epitome of #Woke Music

09.30.2016 / Review: “With Luke Cage, #BlackLivesMatter Gets Its Superhero

08.23.2016 / Review: “Frank Ocean’s Blonde Is a Complex Tale of Identity

07.20.2016 / Interview: “Mercy Street Stars Patina Miller and McKinley Belcher III Talk Harriet Tubman and ‘Contraband’ Blacks

06.29.2016 / Interview with Kendra Foster: “Singer Kendra Foster On Her Rise to Stardom

06.05.2016 / Essay: “Muhammad Ali Was My First Black Male Superhero

07.20.2016 / Interview with Heather Headley: “Heather Headley on Her Triumphant Return to Broadway in The Color Purple

04.26.2016 / Review: “Squeezing the Lemonade from Beyonce’s Visual Masterpiece

04.21.2016 / Review: “Nina Simone Deserved a Better Biopic

03.04.2008 / Erykah Badu, New Amerykah: Pt. One (4th World War): “Erykah Badu: The Plebeian, Militant Homegirl”

02.12.2008 / Michael Jackson, Thriller: “Michael Jackson’s Nigh-Unstoppable Thriller Gets the 25th-Anniversary Treatment”

12.11.2007 / Wu-Tang Clan, 8 Diagrams: “Enter the 37th Chamber”

07.31.2007 / Common, Finding Forever: “Common’s Simple Denominator”

07.24.2007 / Prince, Planet Earth: “Purple Drizzle”

03.30.2007 / Macy Gray, Big: “Still Tryin’ ”

02.01.2007 / Pazz & Jop Music Critics Poll Essay 2007: “Insanity and Other Mutations”

11.27.2007 / Jay-Z, Kingdom Come: “Hova’s Slight Return”

10.16.2006 / Janet Jackson, 20 Y.O.: “Lose Control”

09.15.2006 / Method Man, 4:21…The Day After: “Tical 2006: The Falling Off”

08.03.2004 / James Baldwin, Native Sons: “Dear Jimmy, Deal Sol: Old Letters Between Friends”

07.29.2003 / Greg Tate and Alex Hahn, Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince: “Deep Purple”

07.03.2002 / Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0: “Reality Soundbites”

03.29.2002 / Mark Anthony Neal, Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic, “Generation Hiphop’s Aesthetics”

01.23.2002 / Interview with comic writer/artist/director Frank Miller: “Thwack! Batman’s Back”

09.19.2001 / Michael Eric Dyson, Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac: “Black Blueprint”

08.29.2001 / Aaliyah Obituary: “The Highest, Most Exalted One: Aaliyah, 1979-2001”

08.01.2001 / At a Literary Retreat, Authors Debate the Mainstreaming of African-American Lit: “The Black Book”

From Ebony “Common Sensual” sex/relationships column:



2012: Contributor, Black Cool: A Thousand Streams of Blackness, Soft Skull

2011: Contributor, Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey, Aria

2010: Author, Irrésistible, Furthermucker Press                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


2009: Contributor, Music + Travel Worldwide: Touring the Globe Through Sounds and Scenes, Museyon Guides

2007: Contributor, Approaching Literature in the 21st Century, St. Martin’s

2007: Contributor, 33 1/3’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, Continuum Books

2007: Editor, Bronx Biannual Issue 2, Akashic Books


2006: Contributor, The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers, McSweeney’s

2006: Author, There’s a Riot Goin’ On, Continuum Books

2006: Editor, Bronx Biannual Issue 1, Akashic Books

2004: Author, Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don’t Have Bruises, Akashic Books




2011: “Turnstile”, Open

2007: “Numbers Up”, Bronx Noir, Akashic Books

2007:The Wu-Tang Candidate”, Bronx Biannual Issue 2, Akashic Books


2006: “Irrésistible”, Wanderlust: 14 Erotic Tales, Plume

2004: “Diva Moves”, Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract, Washington Square Press




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