Kay W.

“She wants to end properly, like a good sentence.” —Zadie Smith, The Autograph Man



Kay Wicker is a writer and a journalist based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area (who moonlights as a celebrity astrologist on Instagram). She grew up in Columbia, MD, and she graduated from Washington College in 2014; where she was a finalist for the Sophie Kerr Prize. She covers culture as it intersects with policy and politics, but also anything having to do with the Kardashians. And she still loves a good bath. Welcome ✨




Toni Morrison taught me many things, but one lesson utterly changed my life, 2019

John Singleton’s breakout film told a story of gun violence that moviegoers were not ready to hear, 2019

L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle’s murder is a familiar refrain for Americans, 2019

21 Savage played by the rules, so why was he detained?, 2019

Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford are now joined in history, 2018

Icon Aretha Franklin dies at 76, 2018

Beyoncé and Serena Williams almost died giving birth. I most certainly would too, 2018

Melania Trump really doesn’t care. Do you?, 2018

The audacity of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Apesh*t’, 2018

It’s official: We are experiencing a Black Renaissance, 2018

The critics are missing what’s special about Michelle Obama’s portrait, 2018

For the love of Black women, 2017

Cardi B is the first Instagram rap star of her generation, 2017

Was Kim Kardashian West trolling the White House with her Jackie O photo shoot?, 2017

What women of color really thought about Rachel Lindsay on ‘The Bachelorette’, 2017

How we survived the flood, 2016


Black kids in Missouri are being shot down in unspeakable numbers, 2019

Shannon Watts says the gun control movement is finally outmaneuvering the NRA, 2019

Pittsburgh’s black community is wary of the city’s new gun control policies, 2019

How was Sol Pais able to buy a gun in Colorado?, 2019

What happened at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn?, 2019

Jazmine Barnes’ murder speaks to gun violence in this country, 2019

This is why Californians with convictions can’t move on with their lives, 2018

Understanding New York City’s proposal to close Rikers and open new jails, 2018

This is ‘This is America,’ by the numbers, 2018

The FBI is using its ‘Black Identity Extremist’ report to crack down on activists, 2018

What’s next after you serve 23 years for a crime you didn’t commit?, 2018

Being undocumented while Black, 2017