Behind-the-scenes tales of a recovering DC lawyer-lobbyist turned LA TV/Film writer-producer... who still uses a lot of footnotes.

I’m in a Commercial!

It’s a fake commercial for a fake drug, but I’m in it!

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I Was Named 1 of 9 Black Female Comedy Writers to Watch!

* blink *

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I’m Published in the New York Times!

I wrote about law school, the LSAT, and low-fat brie…

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I’m a New Member of the Writers Guild of America!

They invited me to a lovely New Members brunch….

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Trump Says He Inherited a Mess…

Well…

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Peep This Wisdom From the Class of 1937

In honor of my late grandmother…

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Life is Good!

2016 was a good one…

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#ModernDayCurses

Another fun Twitter hashtag…

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Guess Who’s One of Young & Hungry’s Top 100 Writers on the Verge!

Meeee!!!

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I’m on TV!

I took over one of our segments while Chelsea took a knee…

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Messiest Desk Award

Haters gone hate…

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OMG, I’m a TV Writer!

It’s official!!

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Why Do People Get Married?

Lose Yourself

I’m a Gif Now!

How fun!

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My Daily Affirmation

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You…

Guess Who Got Hired to Write for Kevin Hart?

Meeeeeeee!!!!

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SCRATCH is in Post-Production!

It’s happening! It’s really happening!

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Confessions of a D.C. Lawyer-Lobbyist-Turned-L.A. Comedy Writer-Producer

I wrote this piece for The Root about my transition from lawyering to comedy writing!

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I’m on TV!

Mamaaaa!!!

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It’s Been a Great Week for SCRATCH!

#TEAMSCRATCH crushed it on Indiegogo AND Indiewire!

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ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO REACH OUR $10,000 GOAL ON INDIEGOGO!

Contribute to SCRATCH on Indiegogo to help us reach our goal!

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I’m on the Get Out The Room Podcast!

Check out my interview where I talk about what it’s like making a movie, working for Chelsea Handler, and a bunch of other stuff…

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Want a Sneak Peak of SCRATCH?

Check out the official Indiegogo campaign TRAILER for SCRATCH, the first movie I co-wrote and am producing!

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The Indiegogo campaign for MY FIRST MOVIE has launched!

Support #SCRATCHthemovie on Indiegogo!

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If Trump Wins…

THIS is the anecdote I want relayed during my eulogy.

My doctor truly understands me…

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West Hollywood Magazine Thinks I’m Stylish

The time I got stopped on the street and asked to smile for the cameras…

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Happy Black History Month!

Here’s me doing my part…

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I Started a New Gym Membership…

Even my fitness goals are petty…

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I’m a Genius! I Knew It!

Science says people who are annoyed by chewing sounds are more creative…

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Hey, 2015…

Kick rocks.

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I’m Making a Movie!

I co-wrote and am producing my first movie, guys!

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Update: Fighting the Good Fight (Part II)

Remember when I fought the good fight for free tortilla chips with a bad Yelp review and won…

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Apparently I’ve Been Gifting Wrong For Years

Spoiler Alert: No one needs another bottle of cheap red wine…

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Fighting The Good Fight

How one woman (me) fought a restaurant about free tortilla chips and won…

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I Attended the Paley Center Tribute to African-Americans in TV!

The Root sent me to cover The Paley Center’s Tribute to African-Americans in TV…

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I Was Featured on #Pretty365!

I chopped it up about life, beauty, and why I try to go for a walk every day…

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Set Aside Some “F*ck You Money”

…and other real-life advice for graduates.

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I Interviewed TV Writer Raamla Mohamed of ABC’s Scandal!

I interviewed ‪Scandal‬ writer, Raamla Mohamed, for ‪The Root‬ about her journey to Shondaland, what it’s like working for Shonda Rhimes, and why diversity in writers rooms matters…

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What a Dork

My Godmother recently dusted off a copy of my high school student newspaper…

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We Shot My First Sketch This Weekend!

This weekend, we shot a sketch I wrote and am producing for the Daily Do Good’s crowdfunding campaign…

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Grown Ass Blog

The game changes…

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My Favorite Quotes

An infrequently updated list of some of my favorite pearls of wisdom…

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Valentine’s Day: Death to the Drugstore Teddy Bear

What’s more thoughtful than giving your loved one a drugstore teddy bear this Valentine’s Day? Literally anything.

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Scandal is (Almost) Back And So Are My Recaps for The Root!

Need a refresher? Here’s the first half of Season 4 of Scandal in one Wordle…

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Countdown to 2015!

I’m cranking through my 2014 end-of-the-year checklist. One down…

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Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s my birthday today!

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Pie-wasted

Writers can get really creative when coming up with new and different ways to avoid writing.

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Want To Avoid Turkey With a Side of Foolishness This Thanksgiving?

For anyone who doesn’t want to host a dinner party or eat alone, here’s a 5-part game plan for how to do Thanksgiving right when you can’t make it home.

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Homeless in LA

It’s rough in these Hollywood streets…

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1,200 Words on the 2014 Midterms

Spoiler alert: It’s actually just one word.

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How-to-Half-ass Halloween

What do you wear to a Halloween party when you just don’t give a damn?

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My Mom Wants Me to FAX My Résumé to The View

My mother is a big fan of The View, but she’s an even bigger fan of me…

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I Google Images of Nachos When I’m Stressed.

Try it.

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Summer 2014 Officially Ended Yesterday

I have very little to show for having been alive all summer.

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Sometimes When You Need a Win, Bacon Will Do

I had a rough day. I just wanted some bacon.

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Love and Hip Hop Comes to Hollywood…

First they came for New York…

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The Ebony Alert

After the third stranger stopped me to ask, “When did you move to the neighborhood?” It hit me. I must be the only black woman living in a 1-mile radius. And my neighbors have lost their collective shit.

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Well Played, Coffee Shop Chick

A woman at my coffee shop won today…

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Nobody Who Calls at 6 A.M. Has Anything Good to Say

I woke up this morning to a 6 a.m. phone call from my 20-year-old cousin who wanted to know if he could borrow $500 to buy a ticket to see Beyonce. He would pay me back when he gets paid.

(Um, no.)

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Happy Mother’s Day: Throwback Blog

Happy Mother’s Day to My Mom!

As a shout out to my mommy, I’m reposting “The Woman Who Raised Me is Nuts” from August 2013.

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Natural Selection Weeds Out People Like Me

Three months ago, I had a severe allergic reaction to Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, which caused my body to go up in flames in the middle of a Writers Guild reception. Then my head swole up like a cankle…

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I Had 19 Visitors in March!

It seems that the brutal East Coast winter, a/k/a the “Polar Vortex,” has sent some of you guys a-runnin’ to Los Angeles to escape the cold. 19 of you guys visited in March alone. That’s essentially one person every other day!

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The DMV Almost Broke Me

I thought the process of becoming a legit California driver would be so simple. I was wrong. I’ve been riding dirty for the past two months…

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Three Actors I Adored Before I Had Ever Seen Them Act

Here are three actors of whom I was not really aware before I listened to them interview on one of my favorite podcasts, and now they are in a special category of actors whom I adore even though I have never really seen them act.

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It’s Been a Year!

I arrived in Los Angeles exactly one year ago today! On April Fools’ Day. This is my “Year-End Review.”

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The Time That Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons and Actor Omar Dorsey Gushed About Me For Like 3 Minutes (and 34 seconds)

Omar Dorsey from Eastbound and Down, Rake, and Django Unchained talked to Emmy Award-winning Comedian and Showrunner Greg Fitzsimmons on Fitzdog Radio about the time he met my dad…

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Dear Google, “Can You Get Crabs From a Ferret?”

Here is a list of Google searches I conducted while writing scripts.

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2014 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase Mega Blog

For the past four months, I was hazed in the basement of the CBS lot where no one could hear me scream for help. But I’m back! I’ve officially crawled out from underneath the rock that was the 2014 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase.

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#AddaWordRuinaMovie: The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had on Twitter

This weekend, #addawordruinamovie started trending on Twitter. The premise is simple. You add a word to a movie title that would change the movie for the worst. Millions of people around the globe joined the fun. Since I threw hours down this hole instead of working towards meeting one of the half-dozen writing deadlines looming over my head…#AddaWordRuinaMovie Blog!

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My First Writers Room Gig Recap

So I recently wrapped my first job working in a Writers Room!

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My Bookcase

Here are my recent book purchases. (I’m really into memoirs written by famous funny people.)

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I Got My First Job in a Writers Room!

On Monday, I showed up for my first day of work for a new TV show. I’m not sure what my job duties were supposed to entail. I didn’t even know if I had the job — whatever it was — when I arrived. I showed up fully prepared to have to interview and then be told that my responsibilities were to serve coffee and haul boxes…

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What This Blog is Not Blog: Part II

We have come to the inevitable point in our relationship where we have to define what it is that we’re doing here. It’s time to answer the critical question, “What are we?” PART II

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What This Blog is Not Blog: Part I

We have come to the inevitable point in our relationship where we have to define what it is that we’re doing here. It’s time to answer the critical question, “What are we?” PART I

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Antoinette Tuff and Why Hollywood is Never Going to Retire the “Magical Negro” Role Now

Now that we have confirmation that black folks are actually performing real life magic, we can expect Hollywood to greenlight every script with a role for a magical black bookkeeper, housekeeper, or innkeeper. (Give ‘em hell, Morgan Freeman!)

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15 Things I’ve (Over)shared on First Dates

Since you (the reader) and I are in the process of getting to know each other, this feels a lot like a first date. So here are 15 things I’ve shared on a first date…

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Swanky Gig Blog

Last Friday night, I had my first corporate gig. Woot! It was super swanky. Here is the quick and dirty…

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The Woman Who Raised Me Is Nuts

Last weekend, I met my mother in Vegas for a family reunion. Over our four days together, my mother confirmed what I’ve always known: SHE’S NUTS!

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He Took My Mashed Potatoes

Because I’m new to LA, a number of friends have generously offered to introduce me to their friends who also live here. As a result, I’ve found myself on a number of “play dates.” But just because I live within a 25 mile radius of someone you once met during a layover at LaGuardia does not mean we need to know one another. Here’s what happened…

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Off the Grid

There is something really wonderful about moving away from everyone you know to a place where you know virtually no one. This inaugural anonymity only lasts for so long because you can only be new to a city once. So I’ve been off the grid.

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What Day Is It?

I’m unemployed or not in school for the first time since I was 2. And I’ve become a total bum.

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Life is Once

On April Fools’ Day 2013, just a year shy of eligibility for partnership at my swanky Washington, D.C. law firm, I packed my things and moved across the country to Los Angeles to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a TV writer…

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