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Makkada B. Selah

Makkada B. Selah is a member of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s class of 2012 and lives in New York City by way of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. She’s a former style consultant for Ann Taylor and has written about fashion for The Village Voice and music for others: female rappers for Venus Zine, r&b for Orlando Weekly, and indie pop for Nashville Scene. She tells The OA she became a writer as a means of entertaining herself and that “fanciful” is the most bizarre dubbing her writing’s yet received.


Articles by Makkada B. Selah

The Red and the Black

On Memorial Day 2009, my mother and I had the house to ourselves. She is a retired doctor and thirty-five years ago was the first African-American woman to open a private medical practice in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her home office holds a mammoth pine desk and a guest bed I was arising from that morning. I heard her downstairs in the kitchen clanging dishes, running water, opening and closing cupboard doors. The teakettle whistled.

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