- Yale University, BA, Cinema Studies, May 1990
- Clarion West Writers Workshop, Certificate, 2007
Digital Product Manager, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2/17-present)
I manage all website operations for the nation’s largest state museum of African American art and history. I led the 2017 re-launch of caamuseum.org and I edit the California African American Museum's blog, 600State.
Lecturer, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA (8/13-present)
I've taught a number of courses in LMU’s Journalism department, including “Journalism and New Media,” “Reviewing the Arts,” and the department’s capstone course, where graduating seniors pursue semester-long multimedia projects. In the Fall 2017, I proposed, crafted, and taught the first installment of a course on ethnic media in Los Angeles.
Co-founder, CARGA 1804, Los Angeles, CA (2010-present)
CARGA 1804 is a Caribbean-minded collaboration between Colombian American artist Carolyn Castaño and myself. It focuses on art, printed matter, commerce, fútbol, family and play.
Digital Content, Community and Product Consultant (9/05–present)
My digital consultancy focuses on helping mission-based and editorial clients develop content management, online community, communications, SEO and storytelling strategies. My roster of current and past clients includes the USC Race and Equity Center, the ACLU of Southern California, NPR West, Bidoun Projects, the Clarion West Foundation and The Root.com.
My first editorial gig was as the Minority Writing Fellow at the Village Voice. Since then I've written hundreds of articles on identity, film, television, books, video games, politics, and new media for Bidoun, National Public Radio, Essence, Interview, Lacanian Ink, The Root.com, and other print and online publications.
Editor-in-Chief, Public Affairs, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Los Angeles, CA (5/14-2/17)
I led digital and print storytelling efforts for one of the nation’s leading undergraduate and graduate journalism and communication schools. I also led the effort to rebuild Annenberg's web infrastructure, relaunching annenberg.usc.edu to help it better reflect the school's programmatic ambitions and its varied communities of practice. Traffic to the new site increased across the board, while traffic to the Journalism M.S. area I created increased 18,611% over the previous academic year.
Vice President, Digital, KCETLink, Los Angeles, CA (5/13-5/14)
Managed all digital operations for the nation’s largest independent public broadcaster. Information architect and primary project manager on significant new product and site upgrades, including the LinkTV and KCET.org video streaming portals and the Link World News app re-launch.
Director, New Media, KCET, Los Angeles, CA (1/11-5/13)
Introduced new content and features that doubled KCET.org site traffic and increased unique site visitors by 245% despite steep broadcast ratings declines. Took over direct responsibility for KCET’s online fundraising tools in 2012, as well as creative direction for online donor campaigns. Introduced new products—including new site newsletters, house ads, and site takeovers.
Site Manager & Editor, KCET.org, Los Angeles, CA (9/09-1/11)
Primary strategist and information architect on the 5/10 re-launch of KCET.org. Created, edited and top-edited editorial and seasonal packages for KCET.org. Launched KCET brand extensions on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social platforms.
Director, AOL African American Programming Group and Founding Editor-in-Chief, AOL Black Voices, Dulles, VA (3/04-7/05)
Primary strategist and information architect on the development and 10/04 re-launch of AOL Black Voices, the first AOL web brand offered outside AOL's dial-up Walled Garden. Set editorial tone, direction, and marketing strategy for the African American audience category across all AOL products. Oversaw AOL’s acquisition of BlackVoices.com from the Tribune Company. Integrated the Africana.com and BlackVoices.com teams into a new AOL African American programming group.
General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Africana.com, Cambridge, MA (12/04-2/05)
Managed all editorial, community, marketing, sales and technical operations at Africana.com until its integration into AOL’s African American programming group.
Editor-in-Chief, Africana.com, Cambridge, MA (4/02-12/04)
Assigned, edited and top-edited articles for all sections of Africana.com, a daily updating website focusing on the art, politics, news and culture of the African Diaspora. Primary strategist and information architect for a wholesale technology and editorial re-launch in February 2003.
Site Manager, BlackPlanet.com, New York, NY (4/00-4/02)
Managed all day-to-day editorial, community, and technical operations for BlackPlanet.com, which was the #1 African American web property during this period. Launched BlackPlanet Jobs, the first ethnically-targeted, national jobs site, which was eventually acquired by Monster.com.
Editor, BlackPlanet.com, New York, NY (11/99-4/00)
In 1999, I took a job as a section editor at a then-fledgling site called BlackPlanet, and would eventually become charged with managing the site's day-to-day editorial, sales integration, technical integration and community operations. When I left BP it was (and would be for many years) the world's most visited African American web brand. Working there was a thrilling, transforming experience.
Contributing Writer, The Village Voice, New York, NY (1/95-4/02)
Wrote weekly film reviews, profiles, essays, and festival round-ups.
Writer-at-Large, Vibe Magazine, New York, New York (1/97-1/00)
I was Vibe's first film critic.
- Best News Website, SoCal Connected, Los Angeles Press Club Award, 2012.
- Best Online Multimedia Package, News and Notes, Los Angeles Press Club Award, 2008.
- Nominee, Lifestyle, AOL Black Voices, Webby Awards, 2005.
- Nominee, Social Networking, AOL Black Voices, Webby Awards, 2005.
APPEARANCES, CITATIONS, COLLABORATIONS
- Participant (as part of CARGA 1804), QIPO 01, Curated by Claudia Huiza Presents; CDMX, Mexico (2019)
- Participant, "Omniaudience: Triple Canopy in residence at the Hammer Museum," The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018)
- Walkthrough, “Stories of Almost Everyone,” The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018)
- Reader, “Palm Talks,” High Desert Test Sites, Twentynine Palms (2017)
- Cited, “Bidoun, an Influential Magazine of the Middle East, Extends Its Reach,” The New York Times (2017)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), Latin American Stuffable (Arepa); video (2017)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), Pablo's Hippps, site-specific work for "Consort," ART SHARE LA; Los Angeles, CA (2016)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), El Reporte Femenil / The Female Report; video (2016)
- Participant, “Sandow Birk and Gary Dauphin: American Qur’an,” The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015)
- Author, A Portrait of the Jihadist as a White Negro, Bidoun Singles (2015)
- Participant, The People’s United Nations, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015)
- Participant (as part of CARGA 1804), "Over & Back, Surplus Space;" Portland, OR (2015)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), Africa is a Country t-shirt collaboration (2014)
- Curator, “Afrofuturist Film,” Inglewood Public Library, Inglewood, CA (2013)
- Panelist, “The International Documentary Association’s Doc U: What’s next for documentary filmmaking?” The Cinefamily, Los Angeles (2013)
- Contributor, Charles Burnett: Interviews, Robert E. Kapniss, ed., University of Mississippi Press (2011)
- Collaborating Artist (as part of CARGA 1804), Asesinados United, PØST; Los Angeles, CA (2010)
- Contributor, John Singleton: Interviews, Craigh Barboza, ed., University of Mississippi Press (2009)
- Reader, “Bidoun Presents,” The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2009)
- Reader, “A Night with Bidoun,” The Kitchen, New York (2008)
- Translator, Documentary (Haitian Kreyol to English), Second Hand Pepe, Cambridge, MA (2008)
- Contributor, The Time of My Life: Writers on the Heartbreak, Hormones, and Debauchery of the Prom, Rob Spillman, ed., Crown/Archetype (2008)
- Panelist, “Showings: Internet Cultures of Self Display,” Telic Gallery, Los Angeles (2007)
- Panelist, “Yale Access to Knowledge Conference,” New Haven, CT (2007)
- Panelist, “New Media and Publishing,” Summer Literary Seminars, Nairobi, Kenya (2006)
- Panelist, “Making Films in Haiti,” Haiti on Screen Film Festival, NYU, New York (2004)
- Panelist, “Digital Diasporas,” South Street Seaport Museum, New York (2004)
- Funding Panel Member, The National Black Programming Consortium, New York (2003)
- Panelist, "The Haitian Diaspora: Contributions and Challenges,” American Museum of Natural History, New York (2003)
- Contributor, The Vibe History of Hip Hop, Alan Light, ed., Three Rivers Press (1999)
- Funding Panel Member, LEF Foundation New England Film Fund, Cambridge, MA
- Talking Head, appearances dating back to 1995 on television and radio venues such as CNN’s Saturday Morning, Good Day New York, NPR West’s News & Notes, MSNBC and others
- National Association of Black Journalists
- Online News Association