My Portfolio

I started ghostwriting in 2009 and in that time I have penned hundreds, if not thousands of articles and 15 books. Despite this large body of work, like all of us who've made our living as a ghost, until recently, I had very little to show for it. Six months after Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide was published, I decided I needed to change that.

Below are some of my bylined pieces.


 

  • Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation
    Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation

    Ever since Jenn M. Jackson accused Bruno Mars of cultural appropriation on her Twitter page, everyone and their cousins have been weighing on what’s cultural appropriation. Somebody wrote an article suggesting that White people with dreadlocs is another example of cultural appropriation. We even took sides when two in the infamous Kardashian / Jenner clan...

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  • Glorifying European-Centric Beauty Standards—How Did We Get Here?
    Glorifying European-Centric Beauty Standards—How Did We Get Here?

    Before I started writing about glorifying European-centric beauty standards, I decided to try a little experiment. I googled something simple: a beautiful woman. I purposely didn’t narrow down my search by adding Black, Biracial, Multiracial, ethnic or anything else that would skew the results. This is what Google showed me. What’s wrong with this series of photos?...

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  • Tennis Superstar Serena Williams and Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian are Having a Baby, So Why All the Fuss?
    Tennis Superstar Serena Williams and Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian are Having a Baby, So Why All the Fuss?

    Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slams (mull that over a minute), been ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in singles on seven occasions between 2002 and 2017, and is arguably the best female tennis player and quite possibly the best female athlete in the world. Her face, smile—and that body—are more recognizable than almost...

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  • Dr. Seuss: The Once Former Racist Writes a Wrong
    Dr. Seuss: The Once Former Racist Writes a Wrong

    Last summer I gave Alex Barnett, my partner and co-founder of Multiracial Media a copy of Sneetches on Beaches, by one of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. It tells the story of one set of Sneetches with stars discriminating against and shunning those who don’t have stars. It’s a beautifully illustrated story about how all the Sneetches...

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  • My Failure at Getting My Mother and Brothers to Quit Drinking
    My Failure at Getting My Mother and Brothers to Quit Drinking

    This was originally published on March 6, 2017 on Addiction.com and it is republished with permission. When I was 5 and in the second grade, rather abruptly my mother quit her editing job at The New Yorker so she could stay home and raise my two brothers and me. My father’s career in television was...

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  • How Do We Self Identify?
    How Do We Self Identify?

    How Do We Self Identify? Race is a topic of endless debate—both among monoracial and multiracial people. For monoracial people, there is only one way to self identify. If their parents are the same race, their own race is branded on them from the moment they are born. This isn’t the case with multiracial people. For...

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  • Mother Earth News Blog Number 2
    Mother Earth News Blog Number 2

    From Corporate Drones to Organic Farmers: Putting Our Plan into Action...

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  • Mother Earth News Blog Number 1
    Mother Earth News Blog Number 1

    How My Husband and I Went From Corporate Drones to Tropical Organic Farmers in Puerto Rico  ...

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  • When the Pejorative Becomes Hip and Trendy: Finding New Descriptions for Biracial People
    When the Pejorative Becomes Hip and Trendy: Finding New Descriptions for Biracial People

    Perhaps the conversation has been happening for years, even decades but because I only recently came out as multiracial / Biracial after more than four decades of identifying as Black, they probably went over my head. Because race is fluid, how mixed race people self-identify is a complex topic, which we base on a number...

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  • An Economy in Ruins? No, an Economy that was Ruined, and Purposely
    An Economy in Ruins? No, an Economy that was Ruined, and Purposely

    An edited version of this Op-Ed was published on Truth-Out.org. Unfortunately they edited out many of the most important parts that spoke about the systematic exploitation of Puerto Rico by the United States over the last 100+ years. Through no fault of their own, the Puerto Rican people have suffered through decades of heartache, disappointment, and having...

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  • Cervical Cancer: What Is It, How Do You Get It and What to Do If You Have It?
    Cervical Cancer: What Is It, How Do You Get It and What to Do If You Have It?

    This originally appeared on Guerrilla Feminism's site and is being republished with permission. Breast cancer gets a lot of attention, doesn’t it? With the concerning one in eight women who will be diagnosed with it—both normal folk and celebrities alike—friends and family soliciting donations, pink this and pink that, it is no wonder that it...

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  • Addressing the Fallacy and Danger of So-called Black Privilege
    Addressing the Fallacy and Danger of So-called Black Privilege

    Tell that to the swaths of families who, like Ms. Davis, are raising their kids to be hard working, generous Americans; whose kids are humble, respectful and see themselves as part of the community in which they live, but not necessarily the one they chose to live in. Tell that to the swaths of families...

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