Much of my journalism work has been about arts and culture. I’m especially interested in the relationship between culture production and its political and social context.
I’ve written for the Boston Globe since 2004, mostly about music and occasionally about books, food, and urban culture. I’ve had over 300 bylined features and reviews. I also contribute to MTV Iggy and MTV Desi, and my music journalism has also appeared in Alarm and Paste magazines, at OkayAfrica.com, and on PRI’s The World. I have produced in-depth shows on music of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, the French Antilles, and the Indo-Caribbean for the syndicated radio program Afropop Worldwide.
From 2006 to 2009 I was the culture reporter for WNYC, the main NPR affiliate in New York City. I focused my reporting on arts and culture in New York’s communities of color, immigrant communities, outer boroughs, and grassroots and street life. I am sometimes a guest on WNYC’s music talk show “Soundcheck,” which I have also guest-hosted in the past. [Story archive]
I also write about education topics as a frequent contributor to the publications of Teachers College at Columbia University, including TC Today and Inside TC.