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, studying how Black-Americans interact with one another and our environments. 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 Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, and of the Equal Justice Initiative. 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.