Coming of Age

How a Black Girl Learned To Fly

As the plane began to taxi, the first line of the comic Riri Williams: Ironheart #1 danced in my mind: “I was never meant to fly.”

Lessons in Drowning

They say: I have to be honest, seeing that little girl and all that brown skin, for a second it was terrifying. Sometimes you forget people can look like that. No pink anywhere. Except her nails.

May 22, 2019
What a Woman Loses When She Turns Thirty Years Old

I feel what I feel, and I cry in the shower with a beer, but the week before I turned thirty, I felt nothing.

Feb 15, 2018
Two Encounters with Poison: Becoming a Doctor in Nigeria

“A smell of burning flesh fills the theatre. I was expecting the smell of blood—its rich, metallic, almost bitter-tasting organic scent.”

Jan 11, 2018
Coming Home to Myself: A Story of Healing

“For this is the thing with secrets: They are thrilling to a child who has lived his life only in the open.”

Drowning Little Things

“I heard the mower’s whine cease and a sound like screaming began.”

Jan 27, 2017
Tracing Time in Brooklyn: Windsor Terrace in the Seventies

“Someday we’d get jobs in Manhattan and have the freedom to do whatever we wanted.”

Jan 11, 2017
New Kids: A Personal Account of School Bullying

“A child is a monster of survival before anything else.”

Dec 08, 2016