Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker

Alexis Okeowo

The New Yorker

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Past articles by Alexis:

Constance Debré’s Deviant, Defiant Performance of Motherhood

In “Love Me Tender,” the French writer’s account of life after losing custody of her son, the bond between mother and child is as volatile and painful as any other. → Read More

The Foreign Students Who Saw Ukraine as a Gateway to a Better Life

Alexis Okeowo on the African and Asian student refugees who went to study in Ukraine and who have been forced to flee to Berlin since the Russian invasion began. → Read More

The Unstoppable Precious Lee

Precious Lee knew she’d model couture and walk for Versace one day. She was just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up. → Read More

Europe’s Other Migration Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Ukraine. Will more humane border policies follow? → Read More

What a Fire in the Bronx Says About Immigrant Life in New York

The death of seventeen people, most of them from the Gambia, evoked the city’s long history of failing to provide safe and affordable housing for migrants. → Read More

Halle Berry Takes a New Direction

A new film shows Berry portraying a complicated Black woman in a new way. This time around, she’s also behind the camera. → Read More

You Know You Love Whitney Peak

Gossip Girl reboot star Whitney Peak is readying herself for all the fame—and fashion—that comes with being part of a cultural phenomenon. → Read More

The Tragedy of Harry Uzoka

He was a shining star of a tight-knit group of rising Black male models in London. Why did he die at the hands of another model? → Read More

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Feminist Mission Goes Beyond Slogans

"If Dior has to speak about femininity, I want to hire women to look at femininity. → Read More

The Uncertainties Facing New York City’s Young Essential Workers

Many teen-agers working in grocery stores and restaurants are grappling with the pressure to help support their families, protect vulnerable loved ones, and plan for their own futures. → Read More

When the Price of Freedom Is Detention, Frostbite and Amputation

“Between Everything and Nothing,” by Joe Meno, recounts the harrowing quest by two Ghanaian men to gain asylum in North America. → Read More

The Fragile Existence of Sex Workers During the Pandemic

Alexis Okeowo writes that, because of the coronavirus crisis, sex workers face not only a drop in employment but also discrimination and stigma as they search for relief. → Read More

Protecting Mexico's Monarch Butterf

Climate change and the violence in Michoacán threaten Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. → Read More

Fighting for Abortion Access in the South

A fund in Georgia is responding to restrictive legislation with a familial kind of care. → Read More

Progressives Try a New Form of Campaigning in Alabama

The organization Hometown Action advocates for social-justice issues and appeals to core ideas of faith, family, and hard work, while trying not to alienate potential voters by focussing on controversial topics. → Read More

Will the Leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia Finally Deliver Peace to Their People?

Alexis Okeowo writes about the announcement that Ethiopia would finally implement the 2000 Algiers Agreement, with Eritrea, and the responses of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and the Eritrean President, Isaias Afwerki. → Read More

From the Rwandan Genocide to Chicago: A Young Author Survived to Tell Her Story

Clemantine Wamariya crisscrossed Africa with her teenage sister, enduring hunger, poverty, violence and trauma. Her memoir, “The Girl Who Smiled Beads,” recounts her journey. → Read More

A Devastating, Overdue National Memorial to Lynching Victims

Alexis Okeowo writes on the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opens this week, in Montgomery, Alabama—a project by the Equal Justice Initiative that honors thousands of victims of lynching. → Read More

An Activist-Filmmaker Tackles Patriarchy in Pakistan

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy documents women’s lives in the hope of combatting male power. → Read More

Alexis Okeowo

Alexis Okeowo joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. She is the author of “A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa.” Her work has also been anthologized in “The Best American Sports Writing” (2017) and “The Best American Travel Writing” (2017). She has been awarded fellowships and grants from New America, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the… → Read More