“The knee-jerk answer is that I’ve always wanted to make the industry more diverse. I’m a journalist of color. I teach journalism at Newhouse, and I’m a faculty of color. But, that’s not the impact I want to make. I think diversity is an issue that’s going to work itself out. I say that because all things are driven by the audience. Helping to make the next generation of fashion journalism, true journalism — reporting and knowing your facts, not just using your subjective blogger style — is more important. Right now, we’re in the age of selfies; we’re not really getting to the heart of a good story. I think even if there are people that share my passion, as a professor, I can really make an impact with these students on a weekly basis.”
"I’m sitting at the intersection of mainstream fashion and global fashion. Because I was a fashion editor and am currently an editor-in-chief, I am someone who is in the position to tell the story of African fashion through the mainstream lens and vice versa. My heroes will always be journalists like Cathy Horyn, journalists who have impacted how we understand fashion in the states and abroad."
"Fatigue is my greatest daily challenge. My work life has grown too hectic for any established routines. But, the constant refrains in my schedule that anchor me physically, emotionally, and spiritually are prayer, family time, and moments of silence."