Measuring the White Bonus / Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry (podcast)

Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry Often when white people consider racism, we look almost exclusively at what it costs people of color. We rarely consider the other side–what that racism gives us in unearned benefits, and how that benefit hurts us as a culture. In her new book The White Bonus: Five Families and the … Read more

A White author calculated just how much racism has benefited her. Here’s what she found / CNN

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN Exactly how much has racism benefited White Americans? Journalist and author Tracie McMillan did the math: The advantages she’s gotten over her life from being White, she estimates, amount to $371,934.30. To calculate that number, McMillan tallied those benefits and divided them into two categories: A family bonus, which includes money her … Read more

Southern Foodways Symposium Lecture:
Jiffy to Maseca

Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium • Oct. 14, 2016 Jiffy corn muffin mix is the second-most sold dry grocery item in the U.S. Maseca is used in more than two-thirds of all corn tortillas in Mexico. Yet the food world tends to sneer at them both. By tracing the origin stories of these two iconic corn mixes, I explore how … Read more

Is Healthy Living Only for the Rich?

Zócalo Public Square and The California Wellness Foundation • July 28, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


Americans are eating healthier, smoking less, exercising more, and living longer than ever before–but only if they can afford it. 

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Obese, Yet Malnourished

Thank You Democracy • March 18, 2015 I enjoyed chiming in with Jefferson Davis for this radio show, Thank You Democracy, out in Portland, OR. You can listen to the whole show here.

Stateside with Cynthia Canty

Michigan Radio • Dec. 8, 2014 When Whole Foods opened in Detroit, there were questions on whether or not the vast majority of Detroit could afford the upscale grocer. Goals were set into place to make the grocer more accessible to the citizens of Detroit. The results, however, have been a mixed bag. Here, I … Read more

What I learned in the garlic fields

FERN Talks & Eats • Nov. 3, 2014

Brooklyn, NY

I was honored to take part in a live storytelling event hosted by the wonderful Food and Environment Reporting Network. Below is the text of the story I performed.

Rosalinda is fourteen when I meet her. She has brown skin and black hair and eyes so pretty that even when she wears bandanas over her face in the field, you can tell she is beautiful.

Inez is fourteen, too, with the same brown skin and black hair that Rosalinda has, but her eyes aren’t as big, her smile not as wide.

They both change my life forever.

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