30 Jun Onward. Upward.
You want to clutch your chest and lay back on your chaise and dab your brow with your hankie?
I can’t go there with y’all.
Running a fiction workshop right here on my blog.
Reaching out to my dear readers right here on my blog.
Shilling for Yummy’s.
The game is changing. If writing is your passion, do not pass Go.
I’m thisclose to crying. For real.
And then get over it.
We are in the middle of a huge transition.
Where will you end up?
Much love to all my Vibers, past and present.
Thank you to Danyel Smith for not hiring me to be your assistant and for knowing there were bigger things in store for me.
Thank you to Dave Bry, for assigning me my very very first story in the front of the book. Thank you to Erik Parker, for always making me trim the fat and get to the meat of my stories–even when it pissed me off. Thank you to the whole team who made the Mary Woodson story happen: Laura Checkoway, Lacey Banis, Jamie Katz.
Thank you to Keith Clinkscales, for letting me interview for three hours on how Vibe came to be.
Thank you to Serena Kim for assigning and editing some of my best work. Thank you to Karen Good for making me want to be a better writer.
Thank you to Raqiyah. Just because.
Rondell, Angie, BMI, J-Rod, Mariel, Lakeba….Thanks to the entire staff for hosting my students for countlesss class trips to see the inner workings of a magazine. Thank you to Rob Kenner for believing in my long-form investigative work. Thank you to Emil Wilbekin for being tipsy at Danyel’s house on DeKalb that day 12 years ago and making a newbie feel like she had a future in the game. Thank you to Akiba and Ayana and Tai for showing me love at Vixen. Thank you to Alan Light for letting me interview you about your time at Vibe. Thank you to Mimi for a second chance. Thank you so much to Shani Saxon who stopped me in the hallway and assigned me a story on the spot cause she heard I was a fearless reporter. I don’t have a masthead in front of me. This is all off the top. I’m verklempt.
I’m fucked up.
And now. I’m done.
Onward and upward.