I was born and raised in Oak Cliff, Texas. Educated in Dallas Public Schools, at Yale College, where I played varsity football, and Harvard Business School, where I co-founded MBAs Across America.
There Will Be No Miracles Here, my memoir, was published in 2018 by Riverhead Books. While it has the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale, the book stands the American Dream narrative on its head, and is my best attempt to set out on the path of healing and liberation, while sharing what I find along the way. NPR & The New York Times chose MIRACLES as a best book of 2018.
“The Black Art of Escape” is an 8,000-word New York Magazine essay that reflects on the arrival in America of the first enslaved Africans, in 1619. I engage with the last 400 years of our history, and lay out a vision for black Americans in the 21st century.
I have given two TED Talks: “The Gospel of Doubt” and “Embrace Your Raw, Strange Magic” — both can be found at TED.com. My work has been featured on NPR, MSNBC, in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, FLAUNT, Italian Vogue, and on the cover of Fast Company, among other outlets.
Literary inquiries: Lynn Nesbit of Janklow & Nesbit
Speaking inquiries: Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau