Selected articles, essays and op-eds
How a Self-Taught Hacker Escaped a Cult, Glamour, July 2016 issue. Shyama Rose, 36, is one of the country's top cybersecurity specialists. She learned to hack because she had to—it was her only escape from abuse.
Ballerina Michaela DePrince's Inspiring Story, Glamour, July 2015 issue: Michaela DePrince lost her family as a girl in Sierra Leone; now she's a world-class ballerina, her triumph soon to be a Hollywood movie. But her biggest goal? To inspire young girls.
Police Racism and the Search for Answers, Blueprint magazine, Spring 2015: In Ferguson, Charleston, Baltimore and beyond, the nation confronts charges of police racism. One researcher is breaking new ground.
Viola Davis' Personal Story, Glamour, March 2015 issue: A young girl grows up hungry but goes on to become an award-winning actress. Hollywood script? No, that's the real deal for Viola Davis—and the reason she's fighting to help 17 million kids just like her.
Batgirl's Psychologist, The Atlantic, Jan. 27, 2015: By applying characters' fictional psyches to real-life problems, a cosplay enthusiast turned a passion for comic books into a mental-health career.
The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age, Newsweek, September 18, 2014: HIV patients are living longer, but are also aging faster than the rest of the population.
Want to Know When You'll Die? Big Data Could Tell You, Newsweek, July 24, 2014: Everyone from police departments to insurance companies is scrambling to figure out how long you’ll live.
Why College Students Are Dying to Get Into 'Death Classes,' The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2014: Thousands of college courses on dying and mortality are being held nationwide—and teaching lessons about life.
The meaning of life -- in a class on death, Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2014: Op-Ed: Norma Bowe's 'Death in Perspective' course went beyond violence, morbidity and grief, opening the door to insight on one thing that every person shares.
Death is Having a Moment, The Atlantic, October 25, 2013: Fueled by social networking, the growing “ death movement” is a reaction against the sanitization of death that has persisted in American culture.
March for Survival, Sierra Magazine, September/October issue 2009: NYC Students Seek Kinship With Puerto Rico's Endangered Leatherbacks.
Subway sketchers create an online community, Los Angeles Times, J 4, 2008: They post their drawings of fellow commuters on public websites and befriend other such artists via chat groups, blogs and Facebook pages. Ed Velandria, 45, draws portraits of subway riders in New York. Using a computer tablet and touch pen, he has only 20 minutes to sketch while he rides from his home in Brooklyn to work in Manhattan.
Art wars on urban canvas, Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2007: In gentrifying areas of New York, graffiti writers do battle with street artists. It's a fight for legacy in a city where little seems permanent.
For gays, a generation gap grows, Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2007 ,Young people from the hip-hop era flock to New York's West Village, where the gay liberation movement began. They aren't accepted by all.