These are a handful of stories written about current events, cultural movements, entertainment news, and political progression. They may include international pieces as well as local. For more of my work, please click here.
- Bree Newsome Takes Down The Confederate Flag Amid Controversy
Discusses the impact of taking the Confederate Flag after the Charleston Massacre and why Newsome’s actions forced a conversation when many people waffled on the action.
- Disgraced Sir Tim Hunt’s Apology on Women in Science Rings Hollow
Science and medicine Nobel Laureate Hunt used sexist language at a conference where women felt shocked at comments such as “You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry” and the fact women do not belong in the lab.
- EU Leader Summit About Refugee Crisis and the Balkan Route
Western Balkan and Central European leaders meet to discuss the refugee crisis and the route to freedom on October 25, 2015. An agreement on a 17-point system is only the beginning of an overtaxed region.
- FFC Rules Against Petition to Delay Open Internet
As service providers and media conglomerates push to delay the idea of open internet, the FCC decided platforms are the “most vibrant, and best able to serve the public interest, when consumers are empowered to make their own decisions about how networks are to be accessed and utilized.”
- Higher Ed Tenured Women Face Difficulties in Pay, Representation Gap/Higher Ed Tenured Women Find Facetime Failing
Two part series on the career trajectory of women reaching tenure in the STEM field and how female reproduction rights face a very deep, systematic maternal wall for long-term job security. Included is information on liberal arts and grad school stipend disparity.
- Hillary Clinton looks for allies and harnesses in 2016 presidential campaign
During Clinton’s announcement, the candidate focused on middle class Americans looking for a secure future and how being her mother’s daughter helped to solidify goals of a better world for children.
- Without A Home: Plight of Stateless Children in Global Conflicts
As the discord and war devastates the world, children face a hard reality: no country to call their own and no one to help when they need assistance. How many slip through flawed system cracks?
- Fabulous Fox Theater Celebrates 40 Years of Success
Considered a bedrock of Atlanta history, the building almost didn’t survive the 1970s as big businesses razed old structures to make way for high rises. However, the ingenuity and backing of the musical community today still keeps the theater around for musicians to sing on a one-of-a-kind stage.
- Queen Latifah on Community and Domestic Violence
Queen Latifah ruled the charts and now rules the small screen with her daily talk show. But what most people may miss is her strong background in community outreach.
- Terry Pratchett, Author of Discworld and Good Omens, Dead at 66
Beloved fantasy author Prachett died and readers around the world mourned. Writer and co-author Neil Gaiman discussed what it was like to work on Good Omens and how much the BBC production meant to everyone involved.
These are pieces that I’ve covered exclusively for events or received a guest pass to attend and report on. Items like Dragon Con are good draws for the geek and nerd culture that I’m actively involved in.
Dragon Con (2014-2015)
- Don Rosa on Publishing and Carl Barks
Don Rosa sat down and discussed Disney’s European comics operation that invites diversity amid the plummeting worldwide sales figures. He also talks about Carl Barks’ influence in Walt’s world.
- Dragon Con 2014: Charity breaks convention records
DC works with a charity every year, offering donations from attendees, auction funds, and anything else given for the explicit purpose. 2014 saw convention numbers break at $100,000 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Listen to what the charity director, Jen Breland, told me about why it’s so important.
- Dragon Con 2014: Revenge Porn and Sexual Harassment
While at Dragon Con, photos of explicit celebrity photos, mostly women, were released online by hackers. At the same time, the EFF held an event on revenge porn law updates and what can be done to stop the action.
- Dragon Con 2014: Julie Benz aims for strong female roles
Actress Julie Benz actively seeks out women who are strong, intelligent with a quick wit and heart. It’s not always easy, but television offer a lot more options. Women like Rita on Dexter aren’t necessarily Buffy, but they’re help create a better canvas for all characters.
- Dragon Con 2014: Julie Benz on acting, aging, and imperfection
Julie Benz’s known for her performance of strong women in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Darla), Desperate Housewives (Robin), and Defiance (Amanda). But one thing that stands out is her personal desire to age in Hollywood and not run from any imperfections.
- Funko Invades Atlanta’s MomoCon
This year, MomoCon hosted a panel about the growing pop culture phenomenon of Funko figures. In an exclusive, panel moderator Lauren Murphree opened up on why the cute Pop! figurines are so in demand and how the company’s managed to snag geeks minds everywhere.
- TrialFunder: Providing equality in crowdsourcing in a free market
What happens when people have viable case but no money to litigate? GoFundMe meets Kickstarter in the digital age of crowdsourcing. The startup company contacted me to cover the story based on previous work.