I'm a filmmaker, social justice activist and attorney. From a high school dropout at 15-years-old to a licensed lawyer by 23, I found myself consistently un- and under-employed despite my advanced education. But through perseverance, I built a career that included positions at William Morris Agency, DirecTV and Paramount Pictures. So after my last layoff, I decided it was time to pursue my true passion: unveiling stories at the intersection of race and the environment.
I consider myself an afroecologist, specializing in the environmental analysis of the African-American experience. Both of my widely-released documentaries carry this theme. My feature documentary on the Black food justice movement, FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD, was selected for several film festivals. YOU A NOMAD, a short film I directed about gentrification, was broadcasted on Free Speech TV.
I'm formerly an Associate of the Equal Justice Initiative, participating in a community education program on lynching by sharing the story of my great-grandfather's lynching. In March 2019, KPFA Radio listener-members elected me to the Local Station Board, and I was selected as a member of the Programming Committee for the Pacifica Foundation national community radio network.
Deciding to further pursue my interest in environmental justice, I went back to school. In August 2020, I received a master's in Agricultural & Food Law from the University of Arkansas Law School.