I speak about a wide range of health and wellness related topics -- including parenting and educating Black children, women's health, African American health, psychology, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. I also speak and conduct workshops about mid-life transition, career change and life's purpose. I've spoken in front of venues as diverse as:

On Good Day Philadelphia to discuss Black women's health

On Good Day Philadelphia to discuss Black women's health

  • International AIDS Conference
  • Healthy Start Association of America national conference
  • Princeton University alumni
  • Coalition of 100 Black Women 
  • The Links 
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • Friends Council on Education and Annual Friends Council Heads of School Meeting
  • Friends' Central School
  • The Baldwin School for Girls
  • Philadelphia public schools
  • Mastery Charter Schools

Click here to listen to an clip of me speaking about nutrition on a health panel in Washington, DC. On this panel at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Library, I speak about mind/body/spirit (22:30 minute mark), food and nutrition (27:20), sexual health (35:00), financial health (45:00), lifestyle change (51.30), tips at the doctor's office (64:20), and self care (70:30).

 

An image of Black males that the media typically misses...

An image of Black males that the media typically misses...

Black Boys and Girls

To write Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life I interviewed and immersed myself in research of more than 50 leading scholars in parenting, psychology, boys, Black families, achievement gaps, testing anxiety and other relevant topics. Promises Kept sets forth a cafeteria menu of research-based strategies in 10 areas to help Black children's parents and educators support them in fulling their potential and closing the educational opportunity gap. I've also written extensively about Black girls. I speak on these and other related topics:

  • racial/gender achievement gaps
  • academic and racial socialization strategies
  • school discipline and the classroom-to-prison pipeline
  • early literacy and numeracy
  • implicit (unconscious) racial and gender bias 
  • optimal (co)parenting styles for parents and educators
  • reducing stereotype threat test-taking anxiety
  • strategies to improve Black males' academic success
  • the Village's role in raising healthy and academically successful Black boys

 

Health

Diet and Nutrition. Trying to take care of yourself? It's awfully difficult when our food system is set up to undermine our efforts. Fresh foods and whole foods that promote good health are expensive and hard to find, while processed, refined and "junk" foods are cheap and ubiquitous. Why is this true and what can we do about it? Click here to listen to a brief audio clip of me speaking about food on a health panel.    

Health and Wellness. I have been writing about health and wellness editing health publications, including Real Health and the National Medical Association's Healthy Living magazine, since I first became a journalist in 1997. In 2012 I coauthored Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide for the Black Women's Health Imperative. Health First! is the most comprehensive book to be written about Black women's health since 1998. 

Reporting from the newsroom at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, in 2008. 

Reporting from the newsroom at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, in 2008. 

HIV/AIDS.  HIV/AIDS captured my attention in 1997 when I first became a journalist, and I've been writing about it ever since. As the author of Getting Real: Black Women Fight HIV/AIDS, the first and definitive report on Black women and HIV and as editor-in-chief of the weekly e-newsletter of the Black AIDS Institute, I have interviewed many top African-American experts on this disease. I have also led delegations of volunteer journalists to the world's largest health gathering, International AIDS Conference, as it travels the world.

 

Career Transition

What's Your Plan B? These days even jobs in law, medicine, education and law enforcement -- careers that once offered economic stability, great benefits and a guaranteed pension -- no longer necessarily provide economic security. With the dramatic global shifts taking place, who couldn't use a backup plan to cover their rear flank? As a career coach certified by the International Coaching Federation, I teach groups how to think about their Plan B and put that backup plan in place.