It’s Not Too Late

“I don’t want my part to get skipped over, but I still don’t know how to write directly about what went down between me and M. All I can do is worry a detail like an R&B singer worries a line…For years I’ve cherished a clip of Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin singing on Soul Train.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Aug 14, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,185 words)

The Ladder Up

“The term “inner city” has never provided an accurate map of racialized urban poverty—what’s inner about a geography that drifts with the people it stigmatizes?—but I’ve always found it vaguely spiritual, as if the city carries a secret close to its heart, and only poor people are privy to it.”

Source: VQR
Published: Dec 2, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,460 words)

Dancing Backup: Puerto Ricans in the American Muchedumbre

Carina del Valle Schorske traces a lineage of Puerto Rican backup dancers in American entertainment from Rita Moreno to JLo.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 3, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,237 words)