Joi-Marie McKenzie, ABC News journalist and author of the memoir The Engagement Game: Why I Said “I Don’t” to Marriage and “I Do” to Me, is joined by panelists for a wide-ranging discussion on the evolving societal pressures and expectations of getting engaged, the myth of marital privilege, singlism and how/whether women can define their own happiness on their own terms.

Brief Bios

Joi-Marie McKenzie is an entertainment and lifestyle writer for ABC News. She is also the author of The Engagement Game: Why I Said ‘I Don’t’ to Marriage and ‘I Do’ to Me. Previously, McKenzie has contributed to ABC Radio, NBC New York and NBC Washington. McKenzie has spoken about a range of digital media topics at Columbia University, University of Maryland, Blogger Week and Blogalicious. McKenzie is a graduate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and University of Maryland, College Park.

Jozen Cummings is the author and creator of the popular relationship blog Until I Get Married, which is currently in development for a television series with Warner Bros. He has worked as an editor and writer at various publications including, Vibe Magazine, The Huffington Post and The New York Post, where he served for three years as their blind date columnist. Currently he works at Twitter.

Tracy G. is a nice Scorpio who loves thick conversations about the pursuit of inner/outer wellness, dope girl magic, amazing concealers, social constructs and Kim Kardashian’s soul. She bundled all of this up into She's Beauty And The Beast, an emotional empowerment brand for millennial women. Tracy is also a part of the on-air squad for SiriusXM's Sway In The Morning show and has worked with Conde Nast, MTV, MTV2, VH1, BET, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, Complex and more. Recently she was chosen to be a part of ESSENCE's #Woke100 List.

Charreah K. Jackson is an international speaker and the Lifestyle and Relationships Editor for Essence, empowering the brand's audience of 13 million. Charreah has been a featured expert on CNN, VH1, NBC and has written for Time and Fortune. She is passionate about empowering women in their personal and professional pursuits and is the creator of BossBride, a love and career advice site for women, and book to be published by St. Martin’s Press.


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