Great Big Story

Sunday Best: The Tradition of the Church Hat

The church hat is more than just a fashion statement, it's a part of a long and cherished African American tradition. For hatmakers Evetta Petty, Kathy Anderson and Wanda Chambers, the church hat is a crown, and when a woman puts one on, she becomes a queen.

Pitched and produced for Great Big Story.

From Funny Bones to Goosebumps

If you grew up in the United States in the 1990s, chances are you came across the "Goosebumps" books. You remember—the spooky young adult novels that made you check under your bed before turning out the lights at night. But get this: before the series' author Robert Lawrence (R.L.) Stine was scaring kids, he cut his teeth on bizarre comics and funny stories. Stine even spent the first 10 years of his writing career on comedy books. But, after an author dropped out from writing a young adult horror novel with the publisher Scholastic, Stine stepped in and his book was a hit. He decided to switch gears and go full horror, and the rest is history. 

Pitched and co-produced for Great Big Story. 

  New York Magazine

Cardi B Explains Lyrics in ‘Lick’

It’s 2018: Cardi B is marrying Offset at some point this year in what will be a televised — and multimillion-dollar sponsored — wedding, which means that it’d serve us all well to not only take a look back at the first song they ever collaborated on but also dive into the phraseology therein.

We asked Cardi to explain some of the terms in their first hit “Lick,” and were treated to a master-class in Cardi-isms. If you don’t already have a firm grasp on “water wrists” and “Kimbo” deposits, this is your chance.

Edited for New York Magazine’s The Cut.

NPR

John Scofield Performs 'Quiet And Loud Jazz'

Edited for NPR Music's Jazz Night in America.

Fascinating Algorithm: Dan Tepfer's Player Piano Is His Composing Partner

Shot for NPR Music's Jazz Night in America.

Abdullah Ibrahim: How Improvisation Saved My Life

Co-edited for NPR Music's Jazz Night in America.

Chance the Rapper: Tiny Desk Concert

Shot for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series. 

The Shins: Tiny Desk Concert

Shot and edited for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series.

Tuxedo: Tiny Desk Concert

Edited for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Series.

Kapa Haka

"We perform haka as an expression of pride," says Karl Johnstone. Kapa haka, a traditional Māori posture dance, "was about not only intimidating the opponents, but it was about how do we actually prevent degenerating into a battle?" he says. "Haka is all about the expression of your inner energy.

Produced, shot, and edited for NPR.

These Dinner Parties Serve Up A Simple Message: Refugees Welcome

Chicken korma, or murgh qorma, an onion and tomato-based chicken braise, is traditionally eaten during Ramadan in Afghanistan. We sat with Shamim Popal, co-owner and culinary director of D.C.'s Lapis, to learn more about her recipe and the Refugees Welcome dinners her family hosts at the restaurant.

Shot for NPR.

CNN Digital

Post-it hopes

CNN's Rachel Crane visits a wall of sticky notes written by Americans expressing their feelings about the election.

Shot for CNN Digital.

Walter Scott's brother speaks out

Anthony Scott reflects on the fatal shooting of his brother Walter Scott as ex-officer Michael Slager goes on trial for murder. 

Edited for CNN Digital.

Walk in the shoes of a refugee

An interactive exhibit by Doctors Without Borders immerses visitors in the many challenges that refugees encounter.

Co-edited for CNN Digital.

The art of smashing pumpkins

The Punkin Chunkin World Championship returned this year in Delaware after a two-year hiatus.

Edited for CNN Digital.

Dylann Roof facing trial soon

Dylann Roof fatally shot nine people at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year. His trial is set to begin soon.

Edited for CNN Digital.

The Bridgegate scandal in 90 seconds

CNN's Jean Casarez explains everything you need to know about the trial of two of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's former aides in the Bridgegate scandal.

Edited for CNN Digital.

Victories for women of color in Election 2016

While the results of the presidential election didn't shatter the proverbial glass ceiling, the Senate quadrupled in women of color.

Pitched and researched for CNN Digital. 

Independent Projects

Growing Up Between Words and Worlds

Tibetan college student Chemi Chemi discusses her life and education in America. Recorded in a mixture of Tibetan and English (with English subtitles) as part of the Voices of the Himalayas Project.

Produced for the Endangered Language Alliance.

Andy-Mac: The Kid Behind the Camera

17-year-old high school student Andy-Mac is a self-taught photographer from Jersey City who has recently garnered a lot of social media attention for his portraits, which he captures in his makeshift home studio. Here, he shares with us his thoughts about growing up in Jersey City, his plans for the future, and how he hopes to inspire other teens with his passion for creating art. 

Produced for NYU Journalism.

What is Project Nathanael?

Since 2007, Project Nathanael has supported a free co-ed school in the Bon Repo community in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. For 7 years, Project Nathanael has committed to developing teacher practice and strengthening teachers access to the resources and supports that will improve teaching and learning and change students' lives. The team at Project Nathanael supports the staff and students at Institutive Nathanel by improving pedagogy through professional development and coaching, creating bi-national educational opportunities for students and staff, and providing resources to build upon the existing structures at the school. The team also provides instructional resources and coaching, operational support, and capacity development. Students at Nathanael receive daily lunch and have access to educational experiences that have been informed by a commitment to research based practices that highlight how students learn best. Project Nathanael aims to strengthen the educational opportunity for families in Haiti. 

Co-produced for NYU and Project Nathanael.

On the Street: Dating and Relationships

LiveWellNYU is back on the street and this time we're getting personal. We asked NYU students about their dating experiences here in NYC.

Shot and edited for LiveWellNYU, an organization that promotes health and wellness on the NYU Washington Square Campus.