Jazmine Hughes

I write about people: celebrities, civilians and, of course, myself. I spend a lot of time thinking about social codes and interpersonal relationships and cultural pull and why we like the things that we like. (I was homeschooled until the fifth grade and I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since.)

When Fran Lebowitz retires from being New York’s Public Speaker, I’d like to throw my hat in the ring. I’ve moderated panels and hosted events for the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express, the New York Times, the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival and Netflix, among others. In 2023, I joined The New School as a part-time lecturer, teaching magazine journalism.

From 2015 to 2023, I served my country as a member of the editorial staff of the New York Times. I began as an editor but left as a writer, mostly doing profiles on people like Lil Nas X, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito, Viola Davis and Judge Judy. For my work there, I received two National Magazine Awards and an award from the National Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists.


by Jazmine Hughes

I Thought Adulthood Meant Separating From My Sisters. My Nieces Brought Me Back.

By starting a new generation, my nieces made my sisters and I feel the contours of our own.