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 in 2019 to focus on arts, culture and entertainment. 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). Rochelle also will continue to write books that make you think. She is author of “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery,” which has garnered rave reviews, and the upcoming “That They Lived: Twenty African Americans Who Changed The World.” (both published by Wayne State University Press). She travels the country hosting conversations about the burden that America still bears because it refuses to deal with the aftermath of slavery. And she travels the world because it is smaller than we think. She has been to 28 countries and counting.