Nikesha Elise Williams
Nikesha Elise Williams is an Emmy-winning TV producer, an award-winning author, and host/producer of the Black & Published podcast. Her latest novel, Beyond Bourbon Street, was awarded Best Fiction by the Black Caucus of African-American Librarians in the 2021 Self-Published eBook Literary Awards, as well as the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Nikesha’s debut novel Four Women received the 2018 NABJ Outstanding Literary Work Award and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award for Adult Contemporary/Literary Fiction. Her bylines include The Washington Post, ESSENCE, and Vox. Nikesha lives in Jacksonville with her family.
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February 14, 2024

OPINION | Joy is not an afterthought

I write a lot about the ongoing injuries to Black people to connect the dots of history to this present moment. But in life I lean heavily into joy.

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January 10, 2024

OPINION | American fiction 

Opinion writer Nikesha Elise Williams reflects on an encounter with a police officer in Murray Hill Friday night.

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December 6, 2023

OPINION | The ‘Black tax’ 

What’s happening in Brentwood is an extension of the long history of redlining that cut off Black and Brown communities from investment.

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November 8, 2023

OPINION | My son was called the N-word at school

Now that it has happened to my son, so much earlier than when it first happened to me, I am only sad. 

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October 25, 2023

OPINION | I won’t lie to you 

The only opinion I have and the only solution I support is cease fire. 

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October 11, 2023

OPINION | 2 images that show the work we need to do

In the images of Woods and Deegan, the degradation of one, and the praise of another, is how much further we have to go toward equity.

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September 27, 2023

OPINION | Living with the past

Throwing money at a problem is easy. What is not is remaining committed to creating equitable communities for all people months or years after tragedy has happened.

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September 13, 2023

OPINION | This American life

Though it it comes as an affront to the immoral imbalance of white supremacy, disenfranchisement and early death be damned.

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August 28, 2023

OPINION | This hate is ours to hold 

I didn’t want to write this, but here I am using my words to process a pain that runs too deep in my bones, my bloodline, for me to ignore.

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August 16, 2023

OPINION | Resiliency begins with us 

Will we look back and say we did our best on an individual level to fight climate change?

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