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astoney Ashley Stoney


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I’m a black woman in corporate America, and it’s difficult to concentrate today

The past few days have been exhausting. After watching two separate raw footage videos of Alton Sterling being murdered by two cops, I woke up to another shocking video of a black man who lay dying for the world to see at the hands of a cop. These modern day lynchings have sparked social media conversation in my hometown of Washington, D.C. In fact, a family friend is being investigated...

What Michelle Obama taught me at the White House United State of Women Summit

“But, did you witness the kiki that just happened on stage?” asked a former colleague and fellow woman of color as we all walked away feeling empowered and enlightened after witnessing a live interview between media maven Oprah and FLOTUS Michelle Obama. A kiki, as defined by unofficial slang guide Urban Dictionary, is a “party including good music and good friends, held for the...

Everybody get your roll on: An Easter farewell to our black first family

On Monday, March 28, my family and I were among the more than 30,000 children and family members who attended the White House Easter Egg Roll. In all its pomp and circumstance, it was everything I’d imagined — a lawn littered with little girls in adorable straw hats, bright sweaters and pastel shoes, and little boys with perfectly placed bow ties and blazers. Just three days prior, I’d...