Arabella earned a master's degree in liberal studies from Mills College, and holds an undergraduate degree in public relations from San Jose State University. She studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Franciso. A talented writer and award-winning photographer, her work has appeared in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. She is a contributing writer in Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady (SUNY Press, January 2009). To order or for additional information go to www.sunypress.edu.