“People are known by the records they keep. If it isn’t in the records, it will be said it didn’t happen. That is what history is: a keeping of records.”

—Alice Walker



Some of the stories Valerie has written as a journalist~


Goin’ South, Book 2002

 Our Eyes Are Watching Halle, Essence 2005







Writing the Life of a Literary Legend, The New Crisis 2003

Black and Blue, Book 2003


The Last Word, Ms. 2000Looking for Alice, Ms. 1998









 Cassandra Wilson: Mississippi Queen, Paste 2008

Finding Southern Comfort, The Oxford American Southern Women Special Issue 

  The Ritual, African American Review 1993

  Enter the Negrotarians, Scholar and Feminist Online 2005


The two magazines she founded, EightRock and HealthQuest~


HealthQuest 1996

HealthQuest 1995



Cassandra Wilson, EightRock National Black Arts Festival Special Edition

HealthQuest Fitness Special


Bernice Johnson Reagon, EightRock NBAF EditionAyoka Chenzira, EightRock NBAF Edition











Some of Valerie's work as a critic~

Waiting to Exhale, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1992Ivory Gate, Atlanta Journal Constitution 1992









Liliane, AJC 1994

The Fisher King, AJC 2000









 Love, AJC 2003Lone Wolf, LA Times 2006








 Ralph Ellison, LA Times 2007I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters and Their Craft, Paste 2007








 Sulu, Paste 2007Defying Dixie, LA Times 2008







A Mercy, AJC 2008