Here's a list of my favorite pieces, in chronological order:
How Uptown Artists Are Using Café Bustelo to Combat Gentrification (Edible Manhattan, '17)
We talked to artists and the writer Junot Díaz about the significance of this iconic coffee to the Latinx community.
Bodegas Are the Cornerstones of New York City Community (Edible Manhattan, '17)
“There are a lot of lonely New Yorkers and sometimes they just come to their local bodega to have conversations or get things off their chest.”
Why Historians Have Renewed Interest in the Story of Chef J. Ranji Smile (Edible Brooklyn, '17)
He enriched U.S. culture while facing immigration challenges, making his a story that still resonates today.
According to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, four drug and alcohol treatment centers there have been charged with widespread discrimination against trans people.
The proposed federal legislation follows several states that have made it legal for adoption agencies to refuse to serve queer children and families.
The Edge in Harlem Is a Risk That's Paying Off (Eater, '17)
Longtime Harlem residents, the Masters sisters look back on opening a cafe that’s become a community hub.
A Christian Family Comes to Terms with a Trans Son's Wedding (Pacific Standard Magazine, '17)
LGBTQ acceptance is slowly growing in Baptist communities. But when Ro Sibaja wanted to marry his girlfriend, he learned that the path to acceptance isn’t always linear.
Single Moms Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Child Care and Getting an Education (New York Magazine, '16)
Single moms aren’t welfare queens. Many are busting their butts to succeed despite the infrastructure and lack of support working against them.
A proposed New York State law could offer justice to women who fight back against abusive partners. Kim Dadou is doing everything she can to make it a reality.
One More Media Organization Just Admitted: Unpaid Internships Have to Go (The Nation, '16)
An organizing drive at New York Public Radio’s WNYC yielded an unlikely victory for interns—a paycheck.
What Was She Wearing? (The Nation, '16)
Katherine Cambareri’s photographs remind us: When its survivors are condemned, rape is condoned.
How My Illiterate Mother Inspired Me to Become a Writer (Refinery 29, '16)
My mother grew up in rural Singapore, and as a girl from a poor family, was denied education from a very young age. I explore her struggle through illiteracy as an adult, how that affected me as a child, and how now, as a single mother, I value education for my 4-year-old daughter.
Betrayed by Their Bodies: For Trans Teens, Puberty Can Be a Trauma (Al Jazeera America, '15)
Puberty can be difficult for adolescents, but for female-to-male teens changes to the body can be especially stressful