This piece for Romper focuses on typical adoption tropes in the entertainment industry, and how recent shows like NBC's This is Us are challenging those. Please give it a read here.
In this mixed media piece I completed with visual expert Ryan Loew, I highlight how myself and three other white women were targeted by a local white supremacist for our multiracial families, or support of people of color. The key in this series here is not to show the victimization of white women, but to... Continue Reading →
My series on the Somali Bantu was featured among the top-read stories for 2017. PublicSource is a non-profit publication producing quality investigative journalism for Pittsburgh, and I was honored to be included among so many great journalists. You can find the complete list for 2017 here.
My first piece as a regular contributing writer for Twiniversity.com, a site devoted parenting multiples. Once all of my children entered school, what did I do with my free time?
I wrote this piece as a personal essay, which really resonated with a lot of white evangelicals leaving their faith. It was shared over 10,000 times on The Root, Jezebel, and Splinter News. I received hundreds of emails from around the world with similar stories. I am trying to find a way to tell those... Continue Reading →
The third in a month-long series about Pittsburgh's Somali Bantu community, tribal elder Abdi's story of the shattering of his family can be found here.
Fatuma Sharif spends her days in Pittsburgh trying to navigate a new city and culture, while constantly worrying about her family still overseas. Find her story here.
In 2015, the mayor of Pittsburgh promised to welcome 500 Syrian refugees. By the close of 2017, less than half that number have arrived, and most are struggling. I had lunch with a group of Syrian teens and young adults, and listened to their opinions on how Pittsburgh is handling the growing refugee population. Click... Continue Reading →