Venise Torriana Berry
School of Journalism and Mass Comm
E340 Adler Journalism Building P. O. Box 5411.
The University of Iowa Coralville, IA 52241
Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 337-7557
(319) 335-3361 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph.D. May 1989 The University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712
Major: Radio, TV and Film, Minor: Ethnomusicology
Dissertation: The Complex Relationship between Pop Music and
Low Income Black Adolescents: A Qualitative Approach.
M.A. July 1979 The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242
Major: Communication Studies
B.A. May 1977 The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242
1998 - Present School of Journalism and Mass Communication
2006 - Present African American Studies
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Assistant Prof School of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Iowa
1991-1997 Iowa City, IA 52242
Lecturer School of Music, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712
1990 - 1991
Associate Prof Mass Communication, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, TX 78702
1990 - 1991 Assistant Professor 1983 - 1990
Instructor Telecommunications, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX 77004
1980 - 1983
Associate Director Undergraduate Studies, School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
2004-Present The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Interim Director School of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Iowa
2001-2002 Iowa City, IA 52242
Consultant Program Evaluation Workshop, Institute for Social and Economic
Nov 1994/Apr 1996 Development/ ISED, Iowa City, IA 52240
Coordinator Personal Empowerment Workshop, Upward Bound Program
Sum 1993 Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, IA 50314
Special Assistant Worked with the President as College Public Relations Consultant
1990 - 1991 Huston-Tillotson College Austin, TX 78702
Department Head Mass Communication, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, TX 78702
1989 - 1991
Counselor Upward Bound Program, Huston-Tillotson College
1986 -1991 Austin, TX 78702
Director Instructional Improvement and Development Program, Huston-
1984 - 1991 Tillotson College, Austin, TX 78702
PR Director BerryBooks, Colored Sugar Water (Dutton 2002), All of Me (Dutton, 2000),
1993 - Present So Good (Dutton, 1996) The 50 Most Influential Black Films (Citadel 2001) Coralville, IA 52241
1990-1991 Three Year Book, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, TX 78702
Co-Editor Alumni & Friends Magazine, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin,
Jan - May 1989 TX 78702
News Director KAZI Radio, Austin, TX 78723
1983 – 1986
News Reporter KLBJ Radio, Austin, TX 78710
1983 - 1984
News Director KTSU Radio, Houston, TX 77004
1982 - 1983
Asst. News Director KCOH Radio, Houston, TX 77004
1980 - 1983
Newscaster KFRD Radio, Rosenberg, TX 77471
1979 - 1980
HONORS AND AWARDS
May 30, 2003 Creative Contribution to Literature Award, Zora Neale Hurston Society
Oct 11, 2001 Iowa Author Award, Public Library Foundation of Des Moines
June 18, 2001 Honor Book Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Fall 1999 Sorors of Achievement Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Regional Conference
1997 The Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America
Spring 1996 Service and Dedication Award NABJ/ NURU University of Iowa
Spring 1995 University of Iowa Developmental Assignment (Spring 1995)
1990-91 President's Outstanding Achievement Award, Huston-Tillotson College
1989-90 Outstanding Faculty/ Humanities Division, Huston Tillitson College
1987-88 United Negro College Fund Doctoral Fellowship
1987-88 The Juneteenth Community Service Award
1986-87 Sam Taylor Fellowship/ United Methodist Church
1987-88 The University of Texas Graduate Fellowship
1985-86 The University of Texas Graduate Fellowship
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Kappa Tau Alpha, Journalism Honor Society
Delta Sigma Theta, Public Service Sorority
The University of Iowa (1991-Present)
19:095 Media and Consumers (Undergrad)
19:259 Theories of Popular Culture (Graduate)
19:090 Social Scientific Foundations of Communication (Undergrad)
19:165/215 African-Americans and Mass Communication (Grad/Undergrad)
19:123/233 Broadcast Reporting and Writing (Grad/Undergrad)
19:153/203 Popular Culture and Mass Communication (Grad/Undergrad)
19:139/249 Advanced Broadcasting Workshop (Grad/Undergrad)
19:130/240 Diversity and News (Grad/Undergrad)
19:130/240 Radio Workshop (Grad/Undergrad)
36D:099 Screenwriting Correspondence Course
Summer Writer’s Festival, American University & Howard University
The Hurston/Wright Foundation (Summer 2006 & 2003)
Iowa Summer Writer's Festival,
“Powerful Plots: Building Your Novel One Layer at a Time”
"Writing the Popular Novel" (1996 - 2004)
The University of Texas (1990-91)
The Music of Black Americans
Huston-Tillotson College (1983-91)
Introduction to Radio and Television
Radio Production I
Print/ Layout and Editing
Texas Southern University (1980-83)
Introduction to Telecommunications
Television Production I
Audio Production I
Ph.D. Candidates - Journalism and Mass Communication:
Chair - Vanessa Shelton (1996-present)
Robert Kuennen (2007-present)
Alden Weight (2000-2005)
Co-Chair – Christa Ward (2001 - 2003)
Jim Sernoe (1993-2000)
Sharon Honore (1992-1995)
Member –Arlecia Simmons (2006-present)
Jim Trammel (2003-Present)
Ann White (2003-Present)
Gayane Torosyan (2002-2003)
Matt Killmeier (2001-2003)
Eva Tsai (2000-2002)
Chiung Chen (1996-2000)
Denita Gadsen (1995-1997)
Lisa McLaughlin (1992-1993)
Ph.D. Candidates - Other Departments:
Member – James Pobst – Communication Studies (2006-present)
Kevin Shroth Communication Studies (2006-present)
Anthony Houghton History (2005-present)
Brian Hemphill Education (1997- Present)
Isiah Lavender English (2003-2004)
Lionel Kimball History (2001-2004)
Kelvyn Moore Business (1998- 2004)
John Baskerville Af-Am World Studies (1993-1997)
Master's Thesis Candidates - Journalism and Mass Communication
Chair –Todd Papke (2006-present)
William Rogers (2003–present)
Pearlie Strothers-Adams (2000-present)
Matthew Killimier (1992-1994)
Co-Chair - Vincent Rodriguez (1994-2002)
Master's Candidates - Other Departments:
Member - Dabian "Yari" Witherspoon Af-Am World Studies (2004-2005)
Member - Sabrina Madison Cannon - Theater/Dance (1997-1998)
Master's Professional Candiates - Journalism and Mass Communication:
Chair – Brian Graves 1998-Present)
Sharon Carrington (1999-2003)
Kelly Jennings (1993-1997)
Terry Collins (1994-1995)
Vanessa Shelton (1993-1994)
Member – Janine Brown (2005-2006)
Evita Castine (1999-2001)
Cynthia Canteen (1996- 1997)
Janella Newsom (1996-1997)
Jennifer Nathanson (1996-1997)
Leslie Davis (1994-1995)
Lisa Wilson (1993-1994)
Mildred Jones (1992-1992)
Honor's Projects - Journalism and Mass Communication
Rebecca Harris (Fall 1998/Spring 1999)
Willeene Owens (Spring 1997)
Adam Rice (Spring 1997)
Rhonda Shause (Fall 1994)
Summer Research Opportunity Program - University
Jason Ridenour (1996)
Harold Looney (1993)
Tamara Brown (1994)
Undergraduate Scholar Assistant Program - University
Kevin Burrell (2003-2004)
Ryan Pierce (2001- 2003)
Lauren Threatte (1999-2000)
Rebecca Harris (1998-1999)
Jason Ridenour (1994-1998)
Tara Holiman (1994- 1998)
SCHOLARSHIP: PUBLICATIONS AND CREATIVE WORKS
*Venise T. Berry and Vanessa Shelton "Watching Music: Interpretations of Visual Music
Performance," Journal of Communication Inquiry, 23:2, April 1999, pp. 132-151.
Venise T. Berry, "Crossing Over: Musical Perceptions of Black Adolescent Culture," Journal of Popular Music Studies, 5, Summer 1993, pp. 26-39.
Venise T. Berry, "Self Concept, Rap Music and Low-Income Black Adolescents," in Popular
Music and Society, 13:3, Fall 1990, pp. 89-109.
Venise T. Berry, "Redeeming the Rap Music Experience," in Adolescents and Their Music
(Ed.) Jonathan Epstein, NY: Garland Publishers, 1994, pp. 165-188.
Venise T. Berry, "From Good Times to the Cosby Show: Perceptions of Televised Black Fathers and Sons," in Men, Masculinity, and the Media, (Ed.) Steve Craig, Newberry Park, CA:
Sage Publications, 1992, pp. 111-123.
Venise Berry, Colored Sugar Water (Dutton/Penguin/Putnam, January 2002
Venise Berry, All of Me, Dutton/Penguin/Putnam, January 2000
Venise Berry, So Good, Dutton/Penguin/Signet, August 1996
**S. Torriano Berry and Venise T. Berry, The Historical Dictionary of African American Cinemas,
Scarecrow Press Spring 2007
**S. Torriano Berry and Venise T. Berry, The 50 Most Influential Black Films, Citadel/Kennsington
*Venise T. Berry and Carmen Manning-Miller (Eds.), Mediated Messages and African-American Culture: Contemporary Issues, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1996.
Venise T. Berry - Introduction: Racialism and the Media
Invited Book Chapters:
Venise Berry, “Saving Shalonda” in On The Line, edited by Donna Hill. Kimani/Sepia Publishers
Venise Berry, “Driving Miss Venise” in Color Him Father, edited by Stephana Colbert,
Kinship Press, June 2006.
Venise Berry, “Something Special,” in Proverbs of the People, edited by Tracey Price-Thompson
and TaReesa Stovall, Kensington, 2003.
*Venise T. Berry and Harold Looney, "Rap Music, Black Men and the Police," in Mediated Messages and African-American Culture: Contemporary Issues, Thousand Oaks, CA:
Sage Publications, 1996, pp. 263-277.
Venise T. Berry, "Feminine or Masculine: The Conflicting Nature of Female Images in Rap Music,"
in Cecilia Reclaimed: Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Music (Eds.) Susan
Cook and Judy Tsou, Chicago: The University of Illinois Press, 1994, pp. 183-201.
*Venise T. Berry and Kim Karloff, "Perspectives on the Gulf War in Popular Black Magazines,"
in Viewing War: How the Media Handled the Persian Gulf (Eds.) Lauren Rabinovitz and
Susan Jeffords, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1994, pp. 249-269.
Venise Berry, “Learning to Layer” in Write Now: Writing Exercises by Today’s Best Writers and
Teachers, edited by Sherry Ellis, Tarcher Press, 2006.
Venise Berry, Venise Berry Biography, in 101+ Iowa Writers, editor Barry Benson, Des Moines,
IA, Spring 2006.
Venise Berry Powerful Plots, a Blueprint for Novels and Screenplays A handbook on developing
the plot and structure of a novel or screenplay Iowa Summer Writing Festival 2006-1998.
Venise Berry, "Start From Where You Are," in Living Free Within Ourselves: Lessons for Black
Writers by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Doubleday. December 1999.
***Venise Berry, Time and Chance an Iowa Murder Mystery, University of Northern Iowa:
KUNI/KHKE, 1998, pp. 37-48.
Venise Berry, "Write the Popular Novel," Writers Digest, Vol. 78, No. 10, October 1998,
Venise Berry, "What External Factor has the biggest Impact on the fiction writing process today?
in Chat Room, Fiction Writer, May 1998, p. 67.
Venise T. Berry, "Success Stories: People Who've Made It," Planning Job Choices 1998:
Minorities Edition, Bethlehem, Pa: National Association of Colleges and Employers,
Graceland by Chris Abani, in Iowa Alumni Magazine, University of Iowa, December 2005.
African American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor by Robin R.
Means Coleman, forward by Alvin Poussaint in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Department of
Sociology, University of Surrey, United Kingdom, (2001).
Whitewash Racialized Politics and the Media by John Gabriel, in Ethnic and Racial Studies,
Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, United Kingdom, (1999).
"The Notion of Soul"` A Review Essay for Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues,
Black Consciousness, and Race Relations by Brian Ward, California Soul:
Music of African Americans in the West edited by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje and
Eddie S. Meadows, and Soul: Black Power, Politics and Pleasure, edited by Monique
Guillory and Richard C. Green. In Journal of Communication (1999).
Fear of the Dark: Race Gender and Sexuality in Cinema by L. Young in Ethnic and Racial Studies,
Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, United Kingdom. Vol 22, No 6,
She Bop by Lucy O'Brien in Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, The George Washington University: Washington, DC. Fall 1997.
Black Noise by Tricia Rose in American Music: A Quarterly Journal, London: Wesleyan
University Press, Vol 14, No 2. Summer 1996.
Bring the Noise: a Guide to Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture by Havelock Nelson and Michael Gonzales in Notes: Quarterly Journal of Music Library Association , Harmony Books,
Vol 49, March 1993.
Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present by Mark Costello and David Foster
Wallace in Notes: Quarterly Journal of Music Library Association on, Ecco Press 1990,
Vol 48, June 1992.
Venise T. Berry, ""Feminine or Masculine: The Conflicting Nature of Female Images in Rap
Music," in Women Images and Realities: A Multicultural Anthology, editor
Amy Kesselman, Lily McNair and Nancy Schniedewind, Mayfield Publishing Company,
3rd Edition 2002, 2nd Edition 1998.
Venise T. Berry, "Redeeming the Rap Music Experience," in Speculations: Readings in Culture,
Identity and Values, (Ed.) Charles Shuster and William Van Pelt, Englewood Cliffs, NJ:
Prentis Hall/Blair Press, 2nd Edition, 1996.
SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVE WORKS IN PROGRESS
*Venise T. Berry, Matt Killmeier, Jason Ridenour and Ryan Pierce, The Rap Experience: Framing
and Fandom, Examines the interpretations of 150 rap music fans in relation to
controversial issues like violence, racism and sexism,
Venise T. Berry I Used to be a Rap Music Fan: Racialism and the Media An analysis of mediated
images and messages about African American culture. It examines the process of normalizing
racial ideologies specifically as it relates to the creation of meaning or understanding based on
stereotypes, myths, biases, stigmas and other problematic assumptions that can ultimately influence personal experience, cultural identity, and social policy.
*Venise Berry Reflections on a Higher Power: Exceptional Writers Share Their Experience with Faith,
Spirituality and Divine Intervention An edited book of inspirational essays by published and
unpublished authors on their connection to a higher power.
Venise T. Berry Reflecting Self: Black Women’s Signifying in Contemporary African American
Literature An examination of various forms of signifying in popular black novels by Terry
McMillian, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Venise Berry, Sista Souljah and others.
Venise Berry Career Women Fourth novel examining the dynamics of personal relationships when
Black woman, who are expected to nurture and give, choose to pursue a career as well.
Venise Berry Pockets of Sanity Fifth novel exploring black elitism. Academia versus the ghetto –
The main character grew up in the Philadelphia hood. She is a child psychology scholar at
Temple University and despises everything urban. She will learn to see her past with new eyes.
**Vershawn Young and Venise T. Berry Stranger Fruit A short story about black on black lynching.
Venise T. Berry "Joel Fluellen, Film and the Politics of Race" Historical article that examines blacklisting and discrimination through the film career of Joel Fluellen in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
Aug 2004-2005 Free Within Ourselves: A Celebration of Black Art and Literature,
$2000 President’s Arts and Humanities Initiative, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Summer 1993 Old Gold Fellowship to work on Mediated Messages and African
$5,000 American Culture
Aug 1993-1994 Howard University Research Grant in conjunction with S. Torriano Berry
$9, 000 for work on 50 Most Influential Black Films, Washington, DC.
Oct 1991-1992 Instructional Improvement and Development Grant - Title III/ Microwave
$67.000 Television Station Huston-Tillotson College Austin, TX
Apr 1991 Behind the Scenes: Blacks in the "New Hollywood" Saturday
$3,000 Symposium - LBJ Foundation/ American Airlines U-T School of Communication Huston-Tillotson College Austin, TX
Dec 1998 Radio Station Training Facility Grant Ewing-Hassel Foundation
$10.000 Huston-Tillotson College Austin, TX
NATIONAL REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Colored Sugar Water
Dec 2003 The Baltimore Sun
Nov 25, 2003 Investors Business Daily
Oct 20, 2003 A Writer's Tale
May 2002 Ebony Magazine
Apr 3, 2002 The Portland Skanner
Mar 2002 The Citizen Chicago
Mar 2002 Chicago Defender
Mar 20-26, 2002 Michigan Chronicle
Mar 2002 Milwaukee Times
Feb/Mar 2002 Today’s Black Woman
Feb 27, 2002 IC Press Citizen,
Jan 24, 2002 The Daily Iowan
Jan 20, 2002 The Des Moines Register
Jan 16, 2002 Houston Style Magazine
Jan 13, 2002 Fort Worth Star Telegram
Jan 7, 2002 Publishers Weekly
Feb 24, 2002 Quad City Times
Jan 2002 Black Men Magazine
Sept 14, 2001 Kansas City Call
All of Me
Nov 20, 2001 State Reader’s Circle, Columbia, SC
Nov 13, 2001 State Reader’s Circle, Columbia, SC
Oct 16, 2001 State Reader’s Circle, Columbia, SC
May 10, 2001 Bay State Banner
Feb/Mar 2000 Belle Magazine
Feb 12, 2000 Tennessee Tribune
Feb 10, 2000 Iowa City Press Citizen
Feb 10, 2000 Iowa City Gazette
Feb 2000 ICON
Feb 2000 Heart and Soul Magazine
Feb 2000 Emerge Magazine
Feb 2000 Bookpage
Feb 2000 Iowa City Press Citizen
Feb 2000 Iowa City Gazzette
Feb 2000 Carolina Peacemaker,
Jan/Feb 2000 Black Issues Book Review
Jan 2000 Community Voice, Ft.
Jan 2000 The Skanner, Portland,
Jan 2000 Weekly Challenger,
St. Petersburg, FL
Dec 1999 Library Journal
Dec 1999 Mademoiselle
Nov 1, 1999 Booklist
Oct 25,1999 Publishers Weekly
Apr 1997 Today's Black Woman
Spring 1997 The Spectator
Feb 9, 1997 Austin-American
Feb 1997 Essence Magazine, #2
Jan 1997 Upscale Magazine, Top
Ten Novels of 1996
Jan 1997 Essence Magazine, #3
Nov 24, 1996 Indianapolis Star
Nov 3, 1996 Washington Post
Oct 13, 1996 Rockford Register Star
Sept 1996 Essence Magazine
Sept 1996 Emerge Magazine Listing
Sept 1996 Ebony Magazine Listing
Sept 1996 Jackson Sun
Sept 20, 1996 The Daily Iowan
Sept 15, 1996 Potomac News
Sept 10, 1996 Republican-American
Sept 10, 1996 Public Opinion
Sept 8, 1996 The Washington Post
Sept 8, 1996 Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Sept 8, 1996 Daily Press Virginia
Sept 5, 1996 Crusader Urban News
Sept 2, 1996 Iowa City Press Citizen
Aug 31, 1996 Washington Afro-
Aug 27, 1996 The Des Moines Register
Aug 19, 1996 Kirkus Reviews
July 1996 Booklist
June 17, 1996 Publishers Weekly
June 30, 1996 Cedar Rapids Gazzette
Summer 1997 Journal of Communication
Winter 1997 Journalism and Mass
NATIONAL BOOK READINGS/SIGNINGS
Nov 20, 2004 Literary Café, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chicago, IL
Aug 7, 2004 National Black Book Club Conference, Atlanta, GA
Nov 15, 2003 Humanities Public Forum "Words that set us free", Milwaukee, WI
Oct 18, 2003 Prince William County Public Library System, Prince William, VA
Oct 18, 2003 Largo-Kettering Public Library, Largo, MD
Oct 9, 2003 Writer's in the Round, Middle Tennessee State Univ, Murfreesburo, TN
Sept 9, 2003 Keynote, Literary Luncheon, Ottumwa Women's Club, Ottumwa, IA
June 21, 2003 Book Festival, Seattle Washington
May 30/31, 2003 Keynote, Zora Neale Hurston Society, Baltimore, MD
April 26, 2003 Delta Authors on Tour, Washington, DC.
April 12, 2003 Delta Literary Luncheon, Peoria, IL
Mar 22, 2003 Pearl Bailey Library, Newport News, VA
Oct 12, 2002 African American Women on Tour, Philadelphia, PA
Sept 28, 2002 Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD
Sept 25, 2002 Black Authors on Tour, Bowie State Univ, Bowie, MD
Aug 15, 2002 Black Caucus of ALA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Aug 7, 2002 Broward County Library, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Aug 1, 2002 NABJ Author Pavillion, Milwaukee, WI
July 23. 2002 Delta Literary Cafe, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Atlanta, GA
July 20-23, 2002 Atlanta Book Festival, Atlanta, GA
June 6, 2002 Sisterfriends Book Club , Charlotte, NC
June 1, 2002 Go On Girl Book Club, Indianapolis, IN
May 29, 2002 Cedar Rapids Library Live
Apr 26-27, 2002 Delta Authors on Tour, Chicago, IL
Mar 2002 In Black American, NPR Radio Austin, TX
Mar 29, 2002 Live from Java House, Iowa City, IA
Mar 23, 2002 African American Images, Chicago, IL
Mar 22, 2002 Apple Books, Detroit, MI
Mar 22, 2002 Truth Books, Southfield, MI
Mar 20, 2002 Karibu Books, Hayattsville, MD
Mar 19, 2002 Reprint Books, Washington , DC
Mar 16, 2002 Reader’s Choice, Milwaukee, WI
Mar 14, 2002 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Mar 14, 2002 Triton College, Chicago, IL
Mar 8-9, 2002 Atlantic Bookpost, Norfolk, VA
Feb 9, 2002 Borders Books, Des Moines, IA
Jan 26, 2002 Enoch Pratt Library Booklover’s Breakfast, Baltimore, MD
Jan 24, 2002 Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
Jan 20, 2002 Black Images Books, Dallas, TX
Jan 19, 2002 Shrine of the Black Madonna, Houston, TX
Jan 17, 2002 Medu Books, Atlanta, GA
Jan 17, 2002 African Spectrum Books, Atlanta, GA
April 16-18 2004 Empowerment Weekend, "Weight & Wellness:, Sedona, AZ
Aug 25, 2001 African American Women on Tour, Atlanta, GA
July 6-7, 2001 Essence Music Festival, New Orleans, LA
May 12, 2001 Mother’s Day with Ebony Magazine, Chicago, IL
Apr 28, 2001 Delta Authors on Tour, Chicago, IL
Apr 7, 2001 Today’s Black Woman Expo, Chicago, IL
Mar 4, 2000 YWCA Book Fair, Waterloo, IA
Feb 25, 2000 Borders, Des Moines, IA
Feb 24, 2000 Barnes and Nobel, Cedar Rapids, IA
Feb 18, 2000 Afrocentric Books, St. Louis, MO
Feb 14, 2000 University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Feb 10, 2000 Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
Jan 15, 2000 Health and Wellness Expo, Convention Center, Washington, DC
Jan 13, 2000 Sibanye Books, Baltimore, MD
Jan 12, 2000 Largo-Kettering Library, Largo, MD
Jan 11, 2000 Alexander Book Company, San Francisco, CA
Jan 11, 2000 Marcus Books, Oakland, CA
Jan 10, 2000 Eso Wan Books, Los Angeles, CA
Jan 8, 2000 Medu Books, Atlanta GA
Jan 7, 2000 Apple Book Center, Detroit MI
Aug 19. 1999 Barnes and Nobel Summer Writer Series, Cedar Rapids, IA
Jan 30, 1999 Barnes and Nobel, Iowa City, IA
Nov 14, 1998 KUNI University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo, IA
Sept 29, 1997 Literary Cafe - Emilys, New York, NY
Sept 28, 1997 Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA
Sept 27, 1997 Sibanye Inc. Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD
July 26, 1997 Delta Sigma Theta Regional Book Signing, Denver, CO
July 20, 1997 Medgar Evans Literary Series, Indianapolis, IN
July 17, 1997 NABJ Literary Cafe, Chicago, IL
June, 28, 1997 Black Writers Literary Renaissance Series, Memphis, TN
June 25, 1997 Iowa Summer Writer's Reading Series, Iowa City, IA
May 30, 1997 American Booksellers Association Book Expo, Chicago, IL
May, 3, 1997 Sister to Sister Conference, St. Louis, MO
Apr 6, 1997 Rudicill Library Books, Tulsa, OK
Apr 5, 1997 Hastings Books, Denton, TX
Apr 4, 1997 The Black Bookworm, Fort Worth, TX
Apr 4, 1997 Afro Awakenings Books, Arlington, TX
Apr 3, 1997 Black Images Books, Dallas, TX
April 1, 1997 Grambling University, Grambling, LA
Mar 31, 1997 Folktales Books, Austin, TX
Mar 29, 1997 Nia's Books and Gallery, Houston, TX
Mar 28, 1997 Shrine of the Black Madonna, Houston, TX
Mar 25, 1997 Reflections Books, Batonrouge, LA
Mar 23, 1997 Community Book Store, New Orleans, LA
Mar 22, 1997 Sidewalk University Books, Memphis, TN
Mar 21, 1997 Afrobooks, Memphis, TN
Mar 15, 1997 Expo for Today's Black Women, Chicago, IL
Mar 2, 1997 Afro Books and Things, Miami, FL
Mar 1, 1997 Montsho Books, Orlando FL
March 1, 1997 Books for Thought, Tampa, FL
Feb 28, 1997 Pyramid Books, Boynton Beach, FL
Feb 27, 1997 Tenaj Books, Fort Pierce, FL
Feb 22, 1997 African American Women's Conference, Des Moines, IA
Feb 13, 1997 Barnes and Noble, Cedar Rapids, IA
Dec 20-21, 1996 Afrocentric Books, KWANZAA Expo, St. Louis, MO
Dec 14, 1996 Culturally Speaking Books, Kansas City, MO
Dec 13, 1996 Cultural Expressions, Kansas City, KN
Dec 7, 1996 Medu Books, Atlanta, GA
Dec 6, 1996 Cafe Echelon, Atlanta, GA
Nov 30, 1996 Shrine of the Black Madonna, Detroit, MI
Nov 29, 1996 Truth Books Northland Mall, Detroit, MI
Sept 8, 1996 Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
Aug 31, 1996 Borders Books, Des Moines, IA
Aug 27, 1996 Shrine of the Black Madonna, Atlanta, GA
Aug 24, 1996 SisterSpace and Books, Washington, DC
Aug 26, 1996 Howard University Bookstore, Washington, DC
Jan 13, 2007 Keynote Statewide Founders Day – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Oct 12, 2007 Sports & Media panel moderator – University of iowa IMU
Sept 29, 2006 Women, Weight and Wellness Workshop – Af-Am Historical Museum C.R.
July 14-15, 2006 Powerful Plots Workshop, Black Writers Conference, Dallas, TX
May 18-20, 2006 Driving Miss Venise Presentation, BEA Conference, Washington , DC
Feb 20, 2006 Words that Set Us Free Presentation, Des Moines Area Community College,
Des Moines, IA
Jan 28, 2006 Presentation, Words That Set Us Free, I’ll Make Me a World, Iowa Commission
on the Status of African Americans, Des Moines, IA
Oct 13, 2005 Presentation, Still So Good, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
July 8-9, 2005 Choices: Writer’s Workshop, Readers Choice Books, Milwaukee, WI
May 14-17, 2005 Writers Retreat, sponsored by Atlantic Bookpost, Monterey, CA
Feb 10, 2005 University of North Dakota, Black Cultural Center, Weight and Wellness
Workshop, and Racialism and Media presentation
Jan 19, 2005 African American Cultural Center, Weight and Wellness workshop,
IMU Iowa City, IA
Nov 5-6, 2004 Association of Black Cultural Centers Conference, "The Rap Experience:
Exploring Fandom, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
Oct 15, 2004 International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference,
"The Rap Experience: Exploring Fandom, University of Virginia,
Oct 7, 2004 Keynote Speaker, Waypoint Banquet, Collins Plaza, Cedar Rapids, IA.
July 23, 2004 Reflections Presentation, 35th Anniversary of African American Cultural Center,
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
July 9, 2004 CIC/SROP Presentation, Union Wheelroom, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
April 22, 2004 Luncheon Keynote, "Words that Set Us Free", Professional Women's Network,
Cedar Rapids, IA
Jan 13, 2004 Martin Luther King Panel, Museum of Art, sponsored by UI Staff Council
Aug, 1, 2003 AEJMC Panelist "Audience Research: Rap Music Fandom" Kansas City, MO.
June 8, 2003 Keynote, National Black Child Development Institute, Des Moines, IA
May 3, 2003 Speaker, Knox College, "Hip, Hop Conference", Galesburg, IL
Apr 10, 2003 Speaker, Simpson College English and Women’s Studies, Indianola, IA
Mar 26, 2003 Speaker, Miami University Women’s and Multicultural Enrichment Centers,
Feb 28, 2003 Keynote, Hip Hop Conference, Central College, Pella, IA
Feb 25, 2003 Final Judge for Write O.N.N. Contest sponsored by One Nation News and
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN
Oct 16, 2002 National Love Your Body Day Speaker, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
June 23, 2002 Panelist, Annual Black Film Festival Panel, The Links Inc., Des Moines, IA
Apr 5, 2002 Keynote 3rd National Diversity Conference in Academic Libraries, Iowa City, IA
Jan 15-15, 2002 MLK Speaker, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Sept 22, 2001 50 most Influential Black Films - UMMA Presentation, Kansas City, MO
Mar 8-9, 2001 Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 1, 2001 Gastonia College Presentation, Gastonia, NC
Jan 16, 2001 Forest Avenue Library Presentation, Des Moines, IA
Feb 26-27, 2000 Panelist- Film in the 21st. Century, Links Black Film Festival, Des Moines, IA
Feb 12, 2000 Keynote - Tennessee Tribune Literary Luncheon, Nashville, TN
Dec 3, 1999 Panelist – “Publishing Tips” Minorities & Communication Division, AEJMC
Oct 29, 1999 Luncheon Keynote - The Greater Waterloo Chapter- National Association of
Black Social Workers, Waterloo, IA.
July 9, 1999 "Newsroom to Classroom," Unity Conference - NABJ, Seattle, WA.
May 17, 1999 "Weight and Wellness” and “Racialism”, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Mar 13, 1999 Luncheon Keynote - Sister's in Good Company Conference, Cedar Rapids, IA
Mar 4, 1999 African American Women's Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Sept 25-26, 1998 United Minority Media Association Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Apr 14, 1998 "African American Women in Media" University of Arkansas Symposium, Little Rock, AK
Apr 4, 1998 A Celebration of the Book Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Feb 28, 1998 Mind, Body and Soul Conference, Iowa Commission on the Status of African
Americans, Davenport, IA.
Feb 25, 1998 "Spiritual Connections," Women's Archives, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Feb 23, 1998 Black Student Center Presentation, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA.
Oct 3, 1997 African American Studies Popular Culture Forum, Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA
Apr 5, 1997 "Moving Toward Empowerment” Texas Women's Symposium, Denton, TX
Mar 15, 1997 "Racialism and Media Panel" Expo for Today's Black Women, Chicago, IL
Oct 4-7, 1995 "Rap Music, Black Men and the Police," IASPM, Nashville, TN
Aug 9-13, 1994 AEJMC, Minorities and Communication Division, Atlanta, GA
Aug 1993 AEJMC, African-Americans, Mass Communication and Cultural Politics Panel,
Qualitative Division, Kansas City, MO
July 1993 International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Stockton, CA
Feb 1993 "On The Beat: Rock 'n' Rap, Mass Media and Society, Columbia, MO
Nov 1992 "Communication Strategies," The Way Up X Conference, Cedar Rapids, IA
October 1992 “Watching Music” IASPM, Denton, TX,
Aug 1992 AEJMC, "Black Men, and the Rodney King Verdict, " Montreal, Canada
Aug 1992 AEJMC, "Limited Vision: Black Female Representation in Independent Black Films," Montreal, Canada.
Mar 1991 "Pop-Crossover," Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, TX
Feb 1991 "Instructional Improvement Strategies," Enhancing Teaching Conference,
Nov 1990 "Televised Images of African-American Males" Speech Communication
Association, Chicago, IL
Nov 1990 “Conflicting Female Images in Rap,” Society for Ethnomusicology, Oakland, CA
May 1990 International Association for the Study of Popular Music, New Orleans, LA
Jan 1990 Instructional Improvement Strategies," National Title III Conference,
Nov 1989 Minority Scholars Lecture Series, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
May 1989 National Black Graduate Student Conference, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 1988 Minority Scholars Program, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Nov 1987 Society for Ethnomusicology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Membership: Member Executive (2004- present, 2002-03, 1996-97, 1995-96), Chair Undergraduate Program (Spring 2003, 2004-present), Leave Policy Committee (Fall 2006), Chair, McLeese Tenure Review (2006-07), Member Tenure for Eko (2005-06), Chair Cone’s Third Year Review (2004-05), Murray Lecturer Search (2003-04), Chair Resource Center (2002-04), Member New Building (1999-2004), Member Professional Faculty Search (2002-03, 1992-93), Chair Cultural Diversity (2002-03, 1997-98, 1991-92, 1992-93) - Member (1996-97, 1993-94), Chair Broadcast Search (1999-2001), Member Merit (Spring 2000), Interim Chair Graduate Admissions (Fall 1999), Member Curriculum (1998-99 1995-96). Member IHSPA Job Search (1997-98). Chair Scholarship (1993-96) - Member (1992-93). Member Adjunct Video (1994-95)
Coordinate judging for Iowa Press Women’s Communication Contest (February/March 2005)
Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies (Fall 2004-Present)
Building Campaign Fundraising Committee (1999-2005)
Faculty Advisor for Student Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists and Advisor of NURU Newspaper, (1992- Present).
NABJ/NURU 10th Anniversary Celebration (April 5, 2003).
Coordinated Terrace Hill Reception by First Lady Christie Vilsack for School of Journalism and Mass
Communication (September 23, 2002).
Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of Communication Inquiry, (1991- Present).
African American Studies advisory group (Fall 2005)
Member of African American World Studies Committee for College of Liberal Arts (2005)
Member- African-American Council, (1991- Present), Persistence to Graduation Committee (Fall 1999-2000), Search Committee for Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Director of Opportunity at Iowa (Spring 1998), Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowship Committee (1995-96) (1993-1994)
Co-Chair of Post-Grutter Diversity Committee with Associate Provost Pat Cain (2004-Present)
Co-chair the Black Cultural Network, coordinating Free Within Ourselves: A Celebration of Black Art and Literature at the UI Museum of Art (April 30, 2005)
SHROP Panel, Opportunity at Iowa, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (June 28, 2005)
Panelist, Staff Council MLK Celebration, Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA (January 13, 2004)
Coordinated campus presentation by Rapper/Activist Chuck D, formerly with Public Enemy
Approximately 800 students attended (Oct 24, 2001).
Opportunity at Iowa Keynote – Success Strategies for the New Millenium, Iowa City, IA.
(April 9, 2001)
Sister Connection Workshop – Women, Weight and Wellness, Iowa City, IA. (March 31, 2001)
Speaker, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Miss Alpha Pageant (February 20, 1999).
ACE Women's Leadership Seminar, University of Iowa (October 16, 1998).
Participant with Iowa Humanities Board Speakers Bureau (1993- Present). IHB Presentation - Music, Communication and African-Americans at Cedar Rapids Library (November 13, 1995).
Speaker for Media Panel, Breaking Barriers: Building Bridges, Human Rights Convocation,
Debut Fiction Judge for the Hurston Wright Literary Awards, Reception in Hudson Theater, New York, NY (November 1, 2005)
Editorial Board Member: Journalism Monographs and Journalism Educator (2003-Present)
AEJMC - National Teaching Standards Committee (1998- Present ). Head Elect of Minorities Division (August 1996-97), Vice-Head Elect (August 1995-96), Executive Committee Member (1994-95), Professional Freedom and Responsibility Chair (1994-95).
Co-organizer IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) National Conference 2001, Executive Board Member (1995-2001), Membership Secretary/Treasurer (IASPM) (1991-1995).
Distinguished Scholar Popular Culture Lecture Series Stanford University, CA
(April 22 & 23, 1994).
Manuscript Reviewer for: Journal of Popular Music Studies (1991- Present)
Ethnic and Racial Studies (1998-Present)
American Music: A Quarterly Journal (1994-2000)
Howard Journal of Communication (1996-2000)
Leadership for a New Century Program National Institute for Leadership Development - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Jan 26 - Feb 1, 1991.
AEJMC Paper Competition Reviewer - Minorities & Communication (1997-2003), Qualitative Division (1995 &1996), Minorities & Communication (1994 - 1996), Visual Ethics (1993 & 1994), Mass Communication and Society paper competition, (1994), Radio/Television Division (1993).
Invited Moderator for panel on Gender and Cultural Difference at Feminist Theory and Music: Toward a Common Language Conference, School of Music, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, (June 1991).
Fall Festival Heritage Christian School, North Liberty, IA (November 2005).
Bethel A.M.E. Fundraising Committee, Iowa City, IA (Fall 2005)
Career Speaker at City High School Minority Forum , Iowa City, IA (May 17, 2005)
Bethel AME New Building Committee, Iowa City, IA (2003-Present)
Career Day, Heritage Christian School, North Liberty, IA (October 16, 2003)
Keynote, Beyond Rubies, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA (Mar 20, 2003).
Weight & Wellness presentation, Meth-Wick Community Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
(January 3, 2003).
Panelist, Junteenth Celebration, Cedar Rapids Library, Cedar Rapids, IA. (June 19, 2002)
Reading for Children, Sycamore Mall, Iowa City, IA (April 13, 2002).
Emma Goldwin Presentation – Women, Weight and Wellness, Iowa City, IA. (February 16, 2001).
Speaker, Reading-In Series at Southeast Junior High School (February 7, 2000).
Moderator of Community Leadership and Media Panel sponsored by Iowa City Chamber of Commerce and Ginsbergs Jewelers (March 8, 1996).
Hurston-Wright Foundation, Judge of Debut Fiction for Hurston-Wright Legacy Awards (2004-2005)
Mauck-Stoffer Conference - Racialism Workshop, Iowa Newspaper Association, Des Moines, IA
(October 10, 2002).
Journalism Career Presentation, Bogan High School, Chicago, IL. (April 26, 2002).
Poynter Institute for Media Studies Fellowship - Participant in workshops on Broadcast News: Ethics, Coaching and Evaluation, St. Petersburg, FL, (June 2-9, 1993)
Member/Center for Black Music Research - Columbia College, Chicago, IL (1994-2000).
Invited panelist for National Association of Broadcasters Regional Radio Licensing Workshops
Kansas City, MO (September 28, 1995).
Discussant for Radio Broadcasting in the United States, International Visitor Program
Communication Studies, (June 1992).
Presenter, Iowa High School Press Association State Conference. "Sensitivity and the News," Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, October 11, 1995.
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