When I was 25, I left my Ph.D. program. I remember telling one of my professors, “More people read Cosmo than the American Journal of Sociology.” I love AJS. At the time, I wanted to change the world, and I didn’t think my purposes were best served by limiting myself to academia — plus the racial harassment I experienced while attending grad school didn’t help either.
Instead, I moved to Holland. I’d always heard they were so tolerant. Back then, I fell in love with a Dutchman, learned Dutch language fluently, filed for Dutch residency, and got a job with the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in The Hague. Spoiler alert: I eventually came back to the U.S.
On a personal front, I’ve been chronicling my life online. A tech geek, I’ve had an online presence since hand-coding my first website from <html> to </html> using Notepad when I was a kid in the mid-90s.
My career has been about changing the world by bridging digital + traditional communications + pop culture. As an artist, I do this by spreading sex education through digital, media, and performing arts. As an entrepreneur, I help social justice organizations really kill it when it comes to more authentically connecting with audiences and growing their base using next-generation technologies. I’d be lying if I said I have my life all figured out. In the end, nobody interesting does.
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