Welcome to the digital home of force of nature, author, essayist, blogger and arts advocate Rochelle Riley. She spent nearly a quarter century as a columnist when she left the Detroit Free Press in 2019 to focus on arts and culture. She is now the Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She left journalism with a bang, getting inducted into the North Carolina Media and Journalism Hall of Fame and receiving the National Headliner Award for best local columns, both in 2019. (You can watch her Hall of Fame induction speech HERE). She also is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Rochelle is a co-founder of Letters to Black Girls, an initiative to give letters of advice and encouragement from women across the country to girls across the country. She is the author of 2018’s “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery,” (Wayne State University Press) and co-author of “That They Lived,” a collection of essays and photographs about famous African Americans that all children should know (Wayne State University Press, 2021).

The Burden is available on audible!