All my online writing clips can be found on my Contently. Selected freelance writing and works for prior employers include:
A love letter to Ethiopian buna (Explore Parts Unknown) - July 2018
An appreciation of the coffee ritual most often performed and passed on by Ethiopian women.
How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks (Bon Appétit) - June 2018
A history of black cookery, as celebrated and documented by the first food editor of Ebony magazine in her 1948 book.
Ethiopia and Eritrea’s Long History With Lasagna (Taste Cooking) - May 2018
An exploration of the East African nations’ attachment to—and improvement of—the staple dish that arrived with Italy’s colonial influence.
“Vindicated”: The Return of Dashboard Confessional (The Ringer) - February 2018
An interview with Chris Carrabba about the band’s first album in eight years.
Michael Twitty Is Untangling the Roots of Southern Food (The Ringer) - August 2017
An interview with the chef about his book, The Cooking Gene, as well as mixing race and history in the kitchen
Trey Songz and the Sad State of Pelvic-Thrust R&B (The Ringer) - June 2017
A requiem for the most lustful genre.
Young M.A’s “OOOUUU” - 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going (The New York Times Magazine) - March 2017
Analysis of the Brooklyn rapper’s transgressive and transformative appreciation of other women.
One Of The World's Best Long Distance Runners Is Now Running For His Life (BuzzFeed News) - November 2016
A profile of Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian marathoner who protested the country’s oppression of his ethnic group at the 2016 summer Olympics.
How "Two Can Play That Game" Flipped The Script For Black Rom-Coms (BuzzFeed News) - September 2016
An oral history, co-written with Bim Adewunmi, of the 2001 battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy that opened doors for a generation of black entertainers.
Gentrifying Afropunk (The New Yorker website) - August 2015
A report from the Brooklyn music festival, which drew ire for shifting its focus away from the movement’s origins.
The Weeknd's East African Roots (Pitchfork) - June 2015
A study of the R&B singer’s sonic influences, which stretch back to the country of his mother’s birth.
A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name (The Hairpin) - March 2015
A meditation on how names convey—or complicate—belonging.
All my writing at The Atlantic can be found here. Selected works include:
The Powerful, Pained Raps of Sacramento’s Mozzy - October 2018
A profile of the street rapper, whose album Gangland, Landlord explored familiar themes: the urgency of success, the omnipresence of (gang) violence, and the agonizingly quotidian tragedy of losing loved ones.
Samin Nosrat Wants Everybody to Cook - October 2018
A profile of the chef and author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat on the occasion of her Netflix series based on the book.
Barry Jenkins Brings James Baldwin Back Home to Harlem - October 2018
A dispatch from the premiere of If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins’s film adaptation of the James Baldwin novel, held at the historic Apollo Theater.
BoJack Horseman Charts Complicated Paths to Forgiveness - September 2018
An exploration of the animated Netflix series’ depictions of redemption and forgiveness—especially as related to sexual misconduct—in its fifth season.
Louis C.K. and the Missed Point of Redemption - August 2018
A critique of the comedian’s unceremonious return to comedy following his admissions of sexual harassment—as well as the institutions that enable the behavior of men like him.
How the ’90s Kinda World of Living Single Lives on Today - August 2018
An oral history of Yvette Lee Bowser’s iconic sitcom, 25 years after its premiere.
Abiy Ahmed Meets the Ethiopian Diaspora - July 2018
A report from the new Ethiopian prime minister’s trip to the United States, where he greeted a newly reinvigorated constituency following his landmark reforms to the East African country.
Popcaan Keeps Dancehall Moving Forward—With Its Roots Intact - June 2018
An interview with the Jamaican singer ahead of his sophomore album, Forever, which cements his status as one of the genre’s most important figures.
Long Live Samantha Jones - June 2018
An appreciation of the Sex and the City character who valued her relationship to herself more than those she—or any of the show’s four main characters—had with men, on the occasion of the show’s 20th anniversary.
Donald Glover's Evolving Vision of Black Kinship - May 2018
A study of the multi-hyphenate’s preoccupation with the burden and blessing of the communal bond—as expressed in Atlanta, as well as his music, especially the single “This Is America.”