I am an award-winning journalist with over 25 years of experience working for magazines, newspapers, radio and television outlets.
I began my career as a cultural reporter writing about film, television, and books, and from there moved into longer articles involving social issues reporting. Some topics I have covered race dynamics and history, gender disparities, economics and poverty, health, environment, criminality, education and other current public affairs issues.
Color By Fox: the Fox Network and the Revolution in Black Television (Oxford University Press)
Color By Fox goes behind the scenes of popular African American television shows to interview more than 65 mostly African American producers, directors and television executives about race and television representation.
The Girl in the Yellow Poncho (Duke University Press)
The Girl in the Yellow Poncho is Zook’s coming-of-age tale about what it means to be biracial in America. Throughout, she grapples with in-betweenness, childhood sexual assault, economic insecurity, and multiple generations of alcoholism and substance abuse on both the black and white sides of her family. Her story is one of strong black women—herself, her cousin, her mother, and her grandmother—and the generational cycles of oppression and survival that seemingly define their lives.
Black Women’s Lives: Stories of Power and Pain (Nation Books)
Black Women’s Lives: Stories of Power and Pain has real-life, personal portraits of women that I find absolutely fascinating.
I See Black People: The Rise and Fall of African American-Owned Television and Radio (Nation Books)
I See Black People is a collection of frank and intimate conversations with owners of radio and tv stations, large and small.
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