When I worked at NYT, I had access to a plug-in that told me what percentage of readers dropped out of an article, and at what point they stopped reading, and my advice to most of you is that your articles are too long.
I regret to inform you that no one read that beautiful kicker you wrote
Hours after Tweeting this, I realized that the “short” story I turned in last week was 1530 words…

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18 Feb
I am leaving my job at The New York Times! I don’t have another job lined up.

I’m taking some time, at least two months, to find myself as a storyteller.

After working my entire life to be able to do this, I think I deserve it. 1/x
My whole life, I was told that poor black kids have to fight to get a seat at a table.

So I fought: I worked on Broadway, off-Bway, at HGTV, on an HBO show, VICE, NBC and the Times all by the time I was 27.

Y’all, I’m tired. And I need to figure out who I am outside of that.
The Times is the best place I’ve ever worked. Working there, with some of the most brilliant ppl in the world, filled me with pride every day.

I can just hope that I left a lasting impression on the place.
Read 7 tweets
11 Dec 20
Today is my rage quit anniversary.

3 years ago, I was late to work b/c a man set off a bomb in the subway. Most of my team hadn’t arrived when I got in, but my boss YELLED at me anyway. I let her finish, smiled, then told her I quit b/c I was starting a job at The New York Times
I just remembered that this made me so happy, that I asked our intern to film me (attempting to) Milly Rock in the MSNBC studio an hour after this happened.
(The intern then spent 20 minutes explaining how bad my Milly rock was)
Read 4 tweets
3 Dec 20
A VICE recruiter hit me up on LinkedIn. Should I reply by saying, “thank you but y’all fired me 4 years ago?”
lol I did it Image
Okay, last thing. This is the person that administered my termination: Image
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2 Dec 20
I'm preparing a send-off note for the students who took my storytelling class this quarter. But given the number of high school and college-aged journalists who follow me, I think I should share part of it here too.

Dear Young Journalists Everywhere: 1/5
The journalism industry frustrates me to no end. A paragraph-long list of issues would only begin to scratch the surface of the industry’s ills, but I’m a storyteller, and I understand that we’re doing important work, so I continue to soldier through. I hope you feel the same 2/5
One of my core missions is to create more paths for young storytellers to enter the industry. And the root of that is reminding you guys of one V IMPORTANT thing: We need you.

There are a few truths that keep me going, and, if you care, I’d like to share those with you: 3/5
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5 Oct 20
More ballots will be mailed in this election than ever before, which means -- a lot more contested votes. Perhaps you're nervous that your ballot will be rejected?

I spoke to a poll worker friend and here's a list of the most common ways that people fuck up their ballots. 1/x
1. You didn't sign and date EVERYWHERE prompted. That means not missing a single signature.

2. Your ballot wasn't postmarked in time. Keep in mind that it might not be postmarked on the day you put it in a mailbox.

3. Your signature doesn't match your voter registration record. (My last ballot was almost rejected during the primaries for this very reason.)

A few things: Try to do a clean version of your signature. If you've changed your name, make sure your registration reflects that.
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9 Jul 20
*on FaceTime*

Me: *cutting fresh thyme*


Me: It’s...Thyme, mother.

Mom: You don’t have to lie to me—

Me: I’m cooking.

Mom: It’s Weed!


Mom: Why are you putting weed on your food like that??
You need: Eggplant, coconut milk, a can of fire roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, curry powder, herbs of your choice, salt, pepper and liquid smoke.

Cut up the eggplant and douse it in olive oil, herbs and seasoned salts. Bake at 375 for 25 min.
Dice your onion and garlic.

Melt a bit of butter in a cast iron skillet. Sauté the onion until they’re aromatic. Add the garlic. Give it a sex and add a bit of coconut milk. Mix a bit of curry powder, let that thicken a bit, then add the rest of the seasonings
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