Afi Scruggs


Afi Scruggs is an award-winning writer/journalist and author who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her career started in 1983 as a freelancer in Richmond, Va. After that, she worked at newspapers in Washington D.C., Jackson, Miss., and Dayton, Ohio before settling in Cleveland.

Her articles and columns have appeared in the Washington Post, and on, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The U.S. edition of the Guardian, USA Today, and Essence magazine.  Her audio segments have been broadcast on APM’s Money, NPR/WBUR’s Only A Game, and on local northeast Ohio NPR affiliates. 

She’s also written three books: Jump Rope Magic, published by Scholastic; a genealogical memoir, “Claiming Kin: Confronting the History of an African-American Family”; and an essay collection entitled “Beyond Stitch and Bitch: Reflections on Knitting and Life.”

Afi has a PhD in Slavic linguistics from Brown University, and a BA in Russian from the University of Chicago. She’s also a prolific bass player.

photo of absentee ballot request letter

More than one million Ohio voters have already sent in applications to vote by mail. But the Secretary of State and the Democrats are in court over whether they can be submitted electronically.

On Friday, Ohio’s 10th Court of Appeals blocked a ruling requiring the state to accept emailed and faxed absentee ballot applications. Earlier that day, a Franklin County judge said state law didn’t specifically prohibit online submissions. Presently, applications must be delivered or mailed.