I have amassed over 3,000 essays since I started at Medium, back in the fall of 2013, the same year writing was becoming a full time endeavor. Medium still had things called “Collections” and the editor of “Culture Club” was at the same event I was attending, and overheard me confess about the shitty corporate job, that finally forced me to OWN and ACTIVATE my status as a WRITER.
My editor not only became a friend, she also invited me to a newly-minted portal that was still in its infancy.
Five years later, and I’m still here!
It’s been quite a ride. The best was writing for free and being selected as “Noteworthy,” which was and still is the honor of validation that will never get old. The worst is getting paid to write and how that proved to be a challenging adjustment, despite the extra boost of cash.
The changes in 2018 have been unexpectedly treacherous, and just bloody weird, and while I get why only socially respectable icons can grace the illustrious “Featured” vertical — I can’t deny that the overall climate inspires nostalgia of “the way we were” in 2016.
But change is inevitable, and while I’m not onboard with most of the adjustments and revisions, I am loyal to Medium in a way that’s comfortably primal.
This isn’t the only thing in my writing career that feeds me, but the daily output fuels my other projects and that discipline has been a lifesaver.
So here are some of “my hits” from a rapidly fading and dramatic year.
But first, here are the two essays from Culture Club that started me off:
My first successful piece:
My first viral piece:
Why The “Black Museum” Episode of ‘Black Mirror’ Is The Holy Grail For Black Women
Delightful spoilers ahead
Why The Legacy of Colonialism and White Greed is The Shithole Black and Brown People Can’t Get Out…
What President Trump said about people from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador doesn’t upset me. It’s not that I don’t find…
Why Nigeria’s Historic Olympic Moment Proves The Love A Gutless Country Doesn’t Deserve
The first-ever Nigerian bobsled team will compete for gold
Dear Taye Diggs, Please Don’t Ever Change, Black Women Don’t Need Black Guys Like You To “Lift Us…
It’s utterly ridiculous that I’ve been forced to write this — but Black History Month is about to be done — plus I have…
Why My Childhood Dies With Bill Cosby’s Legacy
Former icon and disgraced comedian Bill Cosby was recently found guilty on “all three counts of aggravated indecent…
Why Isn’t The Media Reporting About The Tragic and Suspicious Deaths of Six Children of Color Who…
Last night was a rough one for multiple reasons — but it ended up being about one of the most disturbing stories I’ve…
Why Aren’t We Talking About The Bridge That Fell In Miami
Why aren’t we obsessed with the story about the 174-foot bridge that literally buckled and collapsed with no warning in…
Why The Audacity of White Feminism Is The Core of White Supremacy
It hasn’t even been a week yet — and already White women are being positioned in the narrative that centered around how…
Why Are White Adults So Afraid of Black Children?
White people aren’t afraid of Black children. They project that fear out of ignorance and sheer laziness, and while it…
Why I Don’t Have a Full Time Job and May Never Get One
It’s been almost a year, since I held a full time job, and I’m not all eager to test the shallow end of the job market…
Why The #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements Are Officially The Anthem of White Feminism
Disgraced Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein was arrested on May 25, 2018, as a result of criminal charges of sexually…
Why I Left My Heart In NYC
I left many hearts in New York City, but only mine matters. I moved when I was twenty-four, and I left when I was the…
Why Is The Media Ignoring The Brutal Slaying Of Chinedu Okobi?
Rogue cops tasered the Nigerian-American to death
Why “Thoughts and Prayers, and God Bless You” Is Really an Ungodly Response
It’s time to dispense with the “thoughts and prayers” and the blessings from God that are supposed to cleanse the…
Why The Threats and Permanent Silencing Of Journalists Should Make Us Turn Up The Volume
We need truth tellers now more than ever
Why Aren’t Notable White Women Journalists Publicly Supporting Their Black Counterparts?
Donald Trump verbally attacked WH correspondents April Ryan, Yamiche Alcindor and Abby Phillip
The one closest to my heart is a year old: