Lonnae O'Neal

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


A scurrilous Twitter rant makes me ponder misogyny, racism and linking young black girls and sex.

  • Mar 26, 2015

COLUMN | My 12-year-old has fallen in love with the gridiron. But I know about the risks, and I fear for him.

  • Mar 22, 2015

COLUMN | Black creativity is the backbone of pop culture, but too often it’s at the expense of women of color.

  • Mar 19, 2015

COLUMN | Remembering pranks and clicks before caller ID and FaceTime.

  • Mar 16, 2015

You skipped all the usual waffling and silence when it comes to racism.

  • Mar 12, 2015

D.C.’s drag community loses a light in performer Mame Dennis, and the world gets a little dimmer.

  • Mar 8, 2015

Deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others leave me with questions for police communities and society.

  • Mar 6, 2015

COLUMN | Blame the fast-paced world and the inadequate metabolism I’ve had all my life.

  • Mar 1, 2015

“Code-switching,” an old survival technique, can come in handy whether you need it or not.

  • Feb 26, 2015

This is a perfect moment for the beauty industry to change the message to girls and women.

  • Feb 22, 2015
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Lonnae O’Neal writes a column about family, motherhood, race, culture, aging and life’s other small stuff. She has been a reporter for The Washington Post for 19 years, with stints in Style, the local section and the magazine. She most recently wrote an essay about returning to her old neighborhood in Chicago’s South Side to search for answers and hope in 2014’s summer of gunfire. She also contributed to The Post’s 2014 N-word project and to the video series “BrotherSpeak: Exploring the Lives of Black Men,” which won the National Association of Black Journalist's Salute to Excellence Digital Media Award.

In 2000, she won the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism award for distinguished work in the coverage of race and ethnicity in America. That year, her feature “White Girl” was made the subject of a special broadcast of ABC’s “Nightline.” She is the author of "I’m Every Woman, Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood and Work.”

O’Neal holds a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University; she attended graduate school at Howard University, where she studied sociology.

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Queen for a Day: A suburban mom introduces some new characters into her teen daughter's life (2009)

Breaking the chain: A black woman reclaims the sexuality history tried to steal (2005)

The Donna Reed Syndrome: High pressure, demanding bosses, cutthroat politics -- boy, it's hard work staying at home (2002)

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