On Assignment: The Black Obituary Project

The creator and the stories behind the untimely obituaries featured in the Black Obituary Project.

My report for FSRN.







“Lena Nozizwe presents Alice Princess is Fresh” Recipe Mustard Greens with Peanut Sauce | Ndiwo Za Mpiru Wotendera


Screen grab from Alice Princess Pilot

Screenshot of Alice Princess Msumba Siwundhla Ph.D while filming cooking and culture pilot 

Mustard Greens with Peanut Sauce
Ndiwo Za Mpiru Wotendera

2 bunches fresh mustard greens
¼ tsp salt
1 bunch green onions chopped
½ lb cherry tomatoes
⅛ tsp crushed black pepper
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup water
Hot cooked rice

1. Wash greens carefully. Trim off any rough stems. Hold three or four leaves together and tear into small, even pieces.
2. Bring small amount water to a boil. Add salt and greens. Cook until greens are tender.
3. Turn greens over in pan and add chopped onions, whole cherry tomatoes and pepper. Cook until slightly limp.
4. Form creamy paste with peanut butter and water. Pour paste over entire surface of greens Cook slowly 10 minutes stirring constantly to blend. Continue to cook until moist, not runny. Serve with rice.

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Iowa: Pigs, Corn and Caucuses

There must be something special about Iowa for me to have bought a snow globe there. Outta visits to 45 different states, it’s the only state snow globe in my collection–which does not make it much of a collection I suppose. I worked on a memorable feature story that meant a couple of visits and interaction with some impressive people who were part of a child abuse SWAT team.

On my way out after my first trip to Iowa I remember writing postcards at the Drake Diner. Postcards that really annoyed my waitress because they all had photos of pigs or corn stalks. She schooled me that there was more to Iowa than that. Of course my snow globe features pigs and corn.

But my waitress was right. She gave me a good tip. I’m not trying to get a vote, but I do like Iowa and I will watching the caucuses closely tonight. If I happen to see an ear of corn or a snorting pig, well, that will just be a bonus.


Remembering My [Sexual] Revolutionary Interview with Paul Kantner

The setting: Paul Kantner’s San Francisco crib which had a stunning view of the the Bay Bridge. I was there with a cameraman, the talented Scott Hall, to conduct an interview with the co-founder of Jefferson Airplane for a television news series about the 1960s. One of my questions included asking him about the sexual revolution.

Paul: It was wild.
Me: How wild?
Paul: Come upstairs and I will show you

Paul and Me: *Laughter*

Note: I did not go upstairs, but walked away from the interview thinking that Paul Kantner was brilliant and funny.


On Assignment: My favorite stories of 2015

DACA. Same Sex Marriage. Sandra Bland. Skid Row Karaoke. PrEP. The end of Rentboy.com
I have had the opportunity to report on quite a variety of news and feature stories in 2015 and it is hard to chose the most significant.
But you kind of have to at year’s end.

So here goes, in no particular order, the most memorable features.

The Psychological Impact of Being Undocumented

Skid Row Karaoke


Same Sex Marriage

Happy Chickens


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