Erica Thompson is an award-winning diversity reporter from Cincinnati, Ohio. She covers race, gender and the economy for as Features Editor at The Columbus Dispatch and contributes to the USA Today network. Her articles have appeared on Billboard.com, Mic.com and HuffPost.com. She also wrote for Sister 2 Sister magazine before the publication folded in 2014. She has interviewed numerous celebrities such as Timbaland, Wyclef Jean, Chilli of TLC, Anthony Hamilton, Dionne Warwick, Chevy Chase, John Cusack and Pat Metheny. She is finishing her first book, Willing to do the Work: The Spiritual Mission of Prince, which traces the spiritual development of the legendary rock star.