Washington journalist Helena Andrews is a purveyor of all things awesome. HarperCollins published her first book, a memoir in essays entitled BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK, on June 1st, 2010. Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has optioned the book as a feature film for Fox Searchlight Pictures.
A former staff writer at Politico and New York Times Style Section contributor, Helena now writes a popular weekly column called “Single-Minded” on being “free, single and disengaged” for The Root, a division of The Washington Post.
On December 10th, 2009 The Washington Post published a front-page profile of Helena that set the Interwebs on fire! The article, “Single Minded Success,” prompted responses from The Huffington Post, Jezebel and Racialicious among others. In it Helena explained why she wrote BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK: “What I’m trying to say about single black women [all women, really] is that you don’t know them as well as you think you do. They may not know themselves as well as they think they do.” She approaches single-hood with rare honesty and grit.
Helena has appeared on ABC’s “Nightline,” CBS’s “Early Show,” CNN, XM Radio, NPR and NY1. She’s shared her unique take on everything pop culture from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (“totes cray cray”) to Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” (magical indoctrination) with millions of fans across the country.
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