I write when I am compelled to share an idea – whether it’s about some of the work I’m doing around concentrated poverty, how awesome RuPaul and the The Golden Girls are, or something going on in my life.

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To Truly Resist Trumpism, Cities Must Look Within


The Unsettling Truth About the Tech Sector’s Meritocracy Myth



Op-ed: The ‘second disaster’ facing the victims of Harvey and Irma

Here’s How We Can Fight Homelessness

Failing Energy Infrastructure On The Gulf Coast Is Putting Low-Income Communities At Risk

The Three Factors That Put Lower-Income Americans At Greater Risk From Extreme Weather

A New Approach For How State Leaders Can Fight Concentrated Poverty


Post-Katrina, Black Families Still More Vulnerable to Extreme Weather

Diversity in Tech and the Meritocracy Myth

The King of Queens: Why RuPaul Matters

Why Whites Should Stop Weighing in on Black Authenticity


What Flint Reveals About African Americans and Trust in Government

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Flint Isn’t the Only Place With Racism in the Water


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An Open Letter to Melissa Harris-Perry From a Grateful Student

The Hairpin

“Baghdad Salad Bars”


Why Are We Afraid to Acknowledge That Race Does Shape Character?


When Will The Media Start Portraying Black Women Without Betraying Them?

Awkward Interracial Dating: High Hopes for Season 2 of Awkward Black Girl

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Language Barriers and Poverty in the AAPI Community

REACH: Stories of Black Men and the Communities that Shaped Them

Community and Climate Change: How Social Cohesion Can Help Low-Income Baltimore Neighborhoods Prepare for Disasters

Concentrated Poverty and The Case for Promise Zones


 Fair Food – Hesterman’s Guide to a Sustainable Food System for All

Adventures in Urban Food Foraging

Shrinking the Play Deficit in Washington, D.C.


Anacostia Activists Use Art to Paint a New Picture of Their Neighborhood

Advocates Try to Make Cycling in D.C. Less Black and White

Screening Urbanized in the Capital City