Category Archives: First-Person

The Root: For Colored Girls Who Don’t Know They’re Struggling

Originally published in The Root on July 23, 2017 “It looks like melanoma,” my dermatologist said casually as she biopsied a mysterious scar that had developed under my left temple. I was unmoved. I cried when my hairdresser found a … Continue reading

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A Letter to Geraldo Rivera from a Hoodie-Wearing Black Latina

(Originally posted on Dear Geraldo, A three-piece suit and a tie would not have saved Trayvon Martin’s life.  Urging black and Latino parents to “not let their children go out wearing hoodies” and saying that the 17 year-old’s hoodie holds as much … Continue reading

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Remembering April

(originally published in the January 2008 issue of The Washingtonian) My friend and I had a lot in common—including mistrustful boyfriends. I finally broke free. April wasn’t so lucky. I always thought I was popular, but on the night of … Continue reading

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Black Orphans: Latin America Rejects Its Own

(originally posted on June 15, 2008 on I was at lunch at Guapo’s, a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., eating a chicken quesadilla, humming to a Marco Antonio Solís ballad playing in the background. I was in my element—good … Continue reading

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