2018 Vita

Venise Torriana Berry

School of Journalism and Mass Comm                     African American Studies                  E340 Adler Journalism Building                                #514 Jefferson Bldg.                                The University of Iowa                                                (319) 335-2765                                        Iowa City, IA   52242                                                                                                                      (319) 335-3361                                                                venise-berry@uiowa.edu


Higher Education

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   Major:  Journalism


Associate Prof                                                                                                                                  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                              1991-1997                   University of Iowa, 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  1980 – 1983                   77004


Associate Director      Undergraduate Studies, School of Journalism and Mass                2004-2007                     Communication,  The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242

Interim Director          School of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of 2001-2002                      Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242

Consultant                    Program Evaluation Workshop,  Institute for Social and                Nov 1994/Apr 1996     Economic 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 Public Relations Consultant            1990 – 1991                   Huston-Tillotson College Austin, TX  78702

Department Head        Mass Communication,  Huston-Tillotson College,  Austin, TX      1989 – 1991                    78702

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


Developer                       Midwest Cultural Think Tank, MCTT Blog, African American   2013-present                 Studies, University of Iowa

PR Director                     BerryBooks, Historical Dictionary of African American            1993-2012                       Cinema (Scarecrow Press 2007), Colored Sugar Water  (Dutton                                                    2002), All of Me  (Dutton, 2000), So Good  (Dutton, 1996) The 50                                                  Most Influential Black Films  (Citadel 2001), Coralville, IA 52241

Editor                               Three Year Book,  Huston-Tillotson College,  Austin, TX 78702          1990-1991

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



Driven, Reflections on Love, Career and the Pursuit of Happiness, Jewell Jordan                              Publishing/BerryBooks,  October 2018.

 Non-Fiction Books:

Venise T. Berry   Black-ish, Black Jesus, and the First African American President:                         Racialism and the Media   A critical analysis of mediated images of and messages                 about African American culture. It examines the process of normalizing racial                     ideologies based on stereotypes, historical myths, biases, stigmas and other                           problematic assumptions. Under contract with Peter Lang Publishing.

*Venise T. Berry, Anita Fleming-Ryfe and ayo dayo eds. Black Culture and Experience:                 Contemporary Issues, Peter Lang Publishers: NY, October 2015.                                                 Venise Berry – Introduction – From Slavery to the Presidency

**S. Torriano Berry and Venise T. Berry, The Historical Dictionary of African American                Cinema, Scarecrow Press, Spring 2007, 2nd Edition – May 2015.

**S. Torriano Berry and Venise T. Berry, The 50 Most Influential Black Films,                                 Citadel/Kennsington,  Spring 2001.

*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

Fiction Novels:

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.

Scholarly Journal  Articles:

*Venise T. Berry and Karletta White.  “Do You Know? Edutainment, HIV/AIDS, and                      African Americans”. Journal article – Arts and Humanities Grant (AHI) – University            of Iowa Howard Journal of Communications, 2017.

*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.

Scholarly Book Chapters:

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 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.

Creative Book Chapters:

Venise T. Berry, “Pockets of Sanity,” in From Bougeios to Boojie: Black Middle-Class                         Performance,  Detroit, MI, Wayne State University Press, 2010.

Venise Berry, “Saving Shalonda” in On The Line, ed. Donna Hill.  Kimani/Sepia Pub.                       Fall 2007

Venise Berry, “Driving Miss Venise” in Color Him Father, ed. Stephana Colbert, Kinship                 Press, 2006.

Venise Berry, “Something Special,” in Proverbs of the People, edited by Tracey Price-                       Thompson and TaReesa Stovall, Kensington, 2003.

Venise Berry, Time and Chance an Iowa Murder Mystery, University of Northern Iowa:                    KUNI/KHKE, 1998, pp. 37-48.

Other Creative Writing:

Venise T. Berry  Queen Street Café, Wrote radio-play – 32 fifteen minute episodes,                            exploring unintended pregnancy for African American women 18 to 30 years old,              Grant project administrator: Shelly Campo, UI College of Public Health, May 28-                   December 5, 2009.

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, Review Graceland by Chris Abani, in UI Alumni Magazine, December 2005.

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,  “Write the Popular Novel,” Writers Digest, Vol. 78, No. 10, October 1998,                     pp. 21-23.

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, 1998, *E100.

Scholarly Book Reviews:

Black Celebrity, Racial Politics and the Press: Framing Dissent by Sarah Jackson in Journal              of Communication Inquiry, University of Iowa, (2017).

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,

November 1999.


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, “Redeeming the Rap Music Experience,” in Writing in the Disciplines: A Reader and

 Rhetoric for Academic Writers, editors Mary Lynch Kennedy and William J. Kennedy, Pearson

Education, 7th edition, 2011.




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.





Venise Berry, Pockets of Sanity  Fourth novel exploring black elitism.  Academia versus the ghetto –

The main character grew up in the Philadelphia hood.  She is now a child psychologist at

Philadelphia University and wants to leave her past behind.  She must learn the importance of

reaching back.


Venise T. Berry,  Media and Consumers: Research, Theory and You.  An interdisciplinary anthology

designed to better understand the connection between research, theory and consumption for media

images, messages and products.


Venise Berry, What Do You Believe?: Essays on Faith, Essays on Spirituality, Essays on Divine

            Intervention, Essays on Happiness, Essays on Love, Essays on Justice, etc.   An edited

series of inspirational essays by published and unpublished authors.


Venise T. Berry  63 Cents for Every Dollar: Black Women and Depression  This book will examine

issues of fatigue, isolation, self-criticism, anxiety disorder, suicidal thoughts and action.





2018                            African American Museum Iowa History Makers Award, Cedar Rapids, IA

2010                            Leadership Recognition Award, Iowa City Masons, Lodge Number 4

2009                            Pinnacle Award, Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans

2003                            Creative Contribution to Literature Award, Zora Neale Hurston Society

2001                            Iowa Author Award, Public Library Foundation of Des Moines

2001                            Honor Book Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association

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

1996                            Service and Dedication Award  NABJ/ NURU  University of Iowa

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 Tillotson 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




2017-present               African American Studies Darwin Turner Fund, coordinating raising $100,000+

for endowment.


2018                            UI Lecture Committee, coordinated raising $38,000 to bring actor, rapper Common

to campus on October 6, 2018.


2016-2017                   Iowa Black Alumni Association, coordinated raising $50,000+ to endow

scholarship fund.


1996-2016                   Toni Berry Memorial Fund, Journalism and Mass Communication,

coordinated raising $50,000+ to endow scholarship for NABJ/NURU.


2005-2012                   Bethel A.M.E. Church, Iowa City, IA, co-chair fundraising committee, coordinated

raising $75,000+ for new facility.




June 2011-2012          Visual Framing and the Internet: HIV/AIDS & African American Youth

$7,500                         Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant


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  Huston-

&10,000                      Tillotson College, Austin TX





Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

National Council on Black Studies (NCBS)

National Association of Black Journalists  (NABJ)

Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Public Service Sorority




Teaching at the University of Iowa

African Americans and Media

Introduction to African American Society

Books: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Media and Consumers

Theories in Popular Culture – graduate

Approaches to Teaching – graduate



Other Contributions to Instructional Programs, Colleges and Universities      

Solstice MFA Low-Residency Creative Writing Program, Boston, MA  (Winter 2009-Present)


Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

“Muddy Water: Plots, Subplots and Plot Points (2016-2018)

“Writing a Book Proposal” (2008-2014, 2017-2018)

“Novel Writing: Powerful and Memorable Plots (2016, 2017)

“5 Days, 50 Pages: A Novel Writing Bootcamp” (2013)

“Powerful Plots: Understanding Story and Structure” (2005-2012)

“Writing the Popular Novel” (1996 – 2004)



Summer Writer’s Festival, The Hurston/Wright Foundation, Washington, DC (Summer 2003 & 2006)


Black Writers Conference and Reunion (Dallas, 2001, Las Vegas, 2009 & Atlanta, 2010)


The University of Texas (1990-91)

The Music of Black Americans


Huston-Tillotson College (1983-91)

Introduction to Radio and Television /Media Criticism/Radio Production I

Print/ Layout and Editing/Script Writing


Texas Southern University (1980-83)

Introduction to Telecommunications/Television Production I/Audio Production I

Media Management



Degree objective Name Years Outcome
Ph.D. Chair Eric Moy 2018- present
Tessa Adams 2017- present
James Carviou 2011-2017 confirmed
Kyle Miller 2014-2017 confirmed
Vanessa Shelton 1996-2007 confirmed
Alden Weight 2000-2005 confirmed
Ph.D. Co-Chair
Tammy Walkner 2016 -present
Kyle Moody 2013-2014 confirmed
Michael Glassco 2009-2012 confirmed
Christa Ward 2001-2003 confirmed
Jim Sernoe 1993-2000 confirmed
Sharon Honore 1992-1995 confirmed
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Co-Chair
Lisa Covington 2017-present
Ph.D Member
B.K. Kim 2016-present
Patrick Bigsby 2012-present
Rauf Arif 2014-2014 confirmed
Michael Sears 2012 – 2013 confirmed
Yeon Kim 2007- 2012 confirmed
Joseph Schwartz 2007- 2009 confirmed
Arlecia Simmons 2006 – 2009 confirmed
Ann White 2003-2008 confirmed
Jim Trammel 2003-2007 confirmed
Gayane Torosyan 2001-2003 confirmed
Matt Killmeier 2001-2003 confirmed
Eva Tsai 2000-2002 confirmed
Chiung Chen 1996-2000 confirmed
Denita Gadsen 1995-1997 confirmed
Lisa McLaughlin 1992-1993 confirmed
Ph.D. Member/Other Depts
     Sociology Karletta White 2012-2015 confirmed
     English Gemmicka  Piper 2014-2015 confirmed
     Sports Studies Nikolas Dickerson 2009-2012 confirmed
     Comm Studies Zach Steigler 2006-2009 confirmed
     Comm Studies James Pobst 2006-2009 confirmed
     Comm Studies Kevin Shroth 2007=2009 confirmed
     English Isiah Lavender 2003-2004 confirmed
     History Lionel Kimball 2001-2004 confirmed
     Business Kelvin Moore 1998=2004 confirmed
     Af-Am World Studies John Baskerville 1993-1997 confirmed
MA Thesis Chair Tammy Walkner 2014-2015 confirmed
Matthew Killimeier 1992-1994 confirmed
Vincent Rodriguez 1994-2002 confirmed
MAP Chair Caleigh Bacchaus 2011-2012 confirmed
Alecia Brooks 2010-2012 confirmed
Brian Graves 1998-2007 confirmed
Sharon Carrington 1999-2003 confirmed
Kelly Jennings 1993-1997 confirmed
Terry Collins 1994-1995 confirmed
Vanessa Shelton 1993-1994 confirmed
MAP Member Stephen Grant 2014-2015 confirmed
Ashley Peterson 2008-2009 confirmed
Janine Brown 2005-2006 confirmed
Evita Castine 1999-2001 confirmed
Cynthia Canteen 1996-1997 confirmed
Janella Newsom 1996-1997 confirmed
Jennifer Nathanson 1996-1997 confirmed
Leslie Davis 1994-1995 confirmed
Lisa Wilson 1993-1994 confirmed
Mildred Jones 1991-1992 confirmed
MA – Other Depts.
     Af Am World Studies Dabian Witherspoon 2004-2005 confirmed
     Theater/Dance Sabrina Madison Cannon 1997-1998 confirmed
Honors Projects Heidi McKinley Fall 2014
Erika Baty Fall 2005
Rebecca Harris F 1998/Sp 1999
Willeene Owens Spring 1997
Adam Rice Spring 1997
Rhonda Shause Fall 1994
Summer Research Program Dominique Montgomery 2015
Jason Ridenour 1996
Harold Looney 1993
Tamara Brown 1994
Undergraduate Scholar Claudia Taylor 2010-2011
Ventara Dillon 2008-2009
Kevin Burrell 2003-2004
Ryan Pierce 2001-2003
Lauren Threatte 1999-2000
Rebecca Harris 1998-1999
Jason Ridenour 1994-1998
Tara Holiman 1994-1998






Historical Dictionary of African

American Cinema

Jan/Feb 2008               American Book Review

Sept 2007                    Journal American Culture

May 2007                    Library Journal


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,

50  Famous

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

Jan/Feb 2002               Black Issues Book Review

Jan 2002                      Black Express Book Club

Jan 2002                      Blackboard Times

Nov 1, 2001                Booklist 

Oct  2001                    Kirkus Reviews

Oct 15, 2001               New York Trend


50 Influential Black Films

June 2004                    Iowa City Press Citizen

Mar/Apr 2002             Black Issues Book Review

Feb 24, 2002               Quad City Times

Jan 2002                      Black Men Magazine

Dec 26, 2001               Cedar Rapids Gazette

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.

Myers, FL

Jan 2000                      Skanner   Portland,OR

Jan 2000                      Weekly Challenger,

St. Petersburg, FL

Dec 1999                     Library Journal

Dec 1999                     Mademoiselle

Nov 1, 1999                Booklist

Oct 25,1999                Publishers Weekly


So Good    

Apr  1997                    Today’s Black Woman


Spring 1997                The Spectator

Feb 9, 1997                 Austin-American


Feb 1997                     Essence Magazine,  #2

Blackboard Bestseller

Jan 1997                      Upscale Magazine,  Top

Ten Novels of 1996

Jan   1997                    Essence Magazine,  #3

Blackboard Bestseller

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



Mediated Messages and African American Culture: Contemporary Issues

Summer 1997             Journal of Communication

Winter 1997                Journalism and Mass

Communication Quarterly






Colored Sugar Water

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

All of Me

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


So Good                     

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




Nov 14, 2018              Driven Book Event, Prairie Lights Book Store, Iowa City, IA

Oct 20, 2018               Authors Showcase, Books Inc Literary, Chicago, IL

Mar 15-18, 2018         “ Black-ish” NCBS Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

Nov 10, 2017              Racialism Presentation, Delta Academy, Kirkwood, Coralville, IA

Aug 10-13, 2017         “Blackish, ”AEJMC conference presentation, Chicago, IL

July 14-17, 2016         Writers Retreat,  Two workshops taught, Black Writers Conference, Palm

Springs, CA

Mar 17, 2016              Moderator: Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues and Paper:

Speaker: “Kool-Aid, King Kong and KFC: Racialism and the Media”, NCBS

Conference, Charlotte, NC

Feb 26, 2016               Paper: “KoolAid, King Kong and KFC: Racialism and the Media”, AEJMC

Midwinter meeting, Norman, OK

Oct 7-11, 2015            Novel Workshop – Black Writer’s Conference and Reunion, Palm Springs, CA.

July 28, 2015              Seminar –Craft Talk, Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Iowa City, IA

May 20, 2015              Speaker – “Success Strategies in the 21st Century”, New Leadership Institute,

Women’s Resource and Action Center, University of Iowa.

April 18, 2015             “Writing with Passion”  Workshop sponsored by the Iowa Black Alumni

Association, Clarion Hotel, Iowa City, IA.

Apr 3-11, 2015           Writing Workshop – Literary Sisters Cruise, Western Caribbean

March 6, 2014             Panelist – “Do You Know?: HIV AIDS, Black Youth and Social Media”, National

Council of Black Studies, Miami, FL.

May 4, 2011                Panelist – From Bougeios to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performance, Iowa City

Public Library, Iowa City, IA

Apr 18, 2011               Speaker – “African American Studies: Perception, Realities, Possibilities”,

University of Mississippi 40 Year Anniversary African American Studies

Department,  Oxford, MS

Mar 19, 2011             CIC Panel, “The State of Black Studies”, National Conference on Black Studies,

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mar 5, 2010                “Taking Hold of your Future”, GCF of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Feb 15, 2010               “Is Black History Month Relevant,”  Iowa Chapter National Society of Black

Engineers, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA

Oct 10, 2009               “Writing a Book Proposal”, 4th Annual International Creative Arts Gathering,

Waterloo, IA

Aug 8, 2009                Readers’ Theatre, National Black Theatre Festival, “All of Me, A Voluptuous

Tale” Winston-Salem, N.C.

July 11, 2009              “Women of the Bible”  Bethel A.M. E. Wow Program, Iowa City, IA

Feb 18, 2009               “Colored Sugar Water” Book Discovery Discussion, State Historical Society of

Iowa Library, Des Moines, IA

Dec 6, 2009                 “Success Strategies in the 21st Century, Delta Teen Summit, Iowa City, IA

Sept 20-21, 2007         Women’s Leadership Conference, Laying Claim to our Spirit, Af-Am Historical

Museum, Cedar Rapids, IA

Mar 31, 2007              I’m  Every Woman: Taking Control with Confidence, Memorial Union Iowa State

University, Ames, IA

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,

Charlottesville, VA.

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,

Oxford, OH

Feb 28, 2003               Keynote, Hip Hop Conference, Central College, Pella, IA

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,

Charleston, SC

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,

Washington, DC

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






Journalism and Mass Communication Department

Committee Membership: Graduate Committee (2018), Heddings review (2017), Enrichment Committee (2007, 2010, 2013, 2015 & 2016), Oats Review (2016), Ripka Review (2016), Dowling Review (2012/13 & 2013/14), Member Executive (2004-07, 2002-03, 1996-97, 1995-96), Chair Undergraduate Program (Spring 2003, 2004-2007),  Leave Policy Committee (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)


Faculty Advisor for Student Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists and Advisor of NURU Newspaper,  (1992- Present).


Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of Communication Inquiry, (1991-2008/2016 – present).


Coordinate judging for Iowa Press Women’s Communication Contest (February/March 2005)


Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies (Fall 2004-2007)


Building Campaign Fundraising Committee (1999-2005)


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).


African American Studies Department

Graduate Committee (2018), Co-member Young, Gifted and Black Living Learning Community (2016-2017), Organizer AAS Grad Mixer (2010-2014), Coordinator AAS (2009-2011), Associate Coordinator AAS (2008-2009), Committee Membership: Mahone review committee (2010), Co-Chair – Graduate Committee (2007), Undergraduate Committee (2006), Young review and tenure committees (2006, 2007, 2008), Tsemo review committee (2007),  Havens review committee (2007)


Coordinator, AAS Annual Awards Program.  Community Service, Leadership and Academics,

May 9, 2013 and April 18, 2014 and May 5, 2016.


Coordinator, 2013 Black History Reading Initiative in honor of James Alan McPherson, featured book/Elbow Room, sponsored by African American Studies and the African American Council.  University of Iowa.  March 1, 2013.


Coordinator, 40th Anniversary Celebration, Black Box Theater, IMU, Iowa City, IA (December 4, 2009)


Developed Manual of Operations for AAS (2006), Update 2007, Update 2009.



Member of the International Programs Study Abroad Scholarship Committee (2008-2013)


Speaker – Black Student Union Revival Conference, Memorial Union (October 12, 2007)


Moderator – From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle Class Performance, Old Brick Auditorium, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IC  (Oct 24-25, 2007)


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 (2004-2006)


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)




Executive Board, Iowa Black Alumni Association (2010-present)


UI Lecture Committee (2016-present)


Executive Board, University of Iowa Press (2015-2016)


Summer Research Opportunity Program Faculty Presentation (June 26, 2015)


Speaker, Iowa Edge Program & luncheon (August 2009 – 2014)


Panel participant, My Iowa: Leading in a Mosaic Society: Think, Learn, Do!  IMU (February 26, 2010)


Kwanzaa Celebration, African American Cultural Center, Iowa City, IA  (December 17, 2009)


SHROP Panel, Opportunity at Iowa, Iowa City, IA (July 8, 2009)


Office of the Provost Faculty Development Advisory Council (2008-2010)


Advisory Board and Scriptwriter- Radio Serials Initiative, Community Behavioral Health, College of Public Health (May 2008-present)


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Keynote Speaker for Teen Summit  (December 6, 2008)


Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity – Hate Speech Forum  (March 11, 2008)


SHROP Panel, Opportunity at Iowa, Iowa City, IA   (June 28, 2005)


Panelist, Staff Council MLK Celebration, Museum of Art  (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  (April 9, 2001)


Sister Connection Workshop – Women, Weight and Wellness (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,

(January 1992).




Writing Judge, Jack and Jill Compeition, Grandview College, Des Moines, IA (June 29, 2018)


Executive Board, Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans, Ongoing Covenant with

Black Iowa, Department of Human Rights, Des Moines, IA  (2007-2013)


Debut Fiction Judge for the Hurston Wright Literary Awards, Reception in Hudson Theater, New York, NY  (Nov 3, 2005/Nov 10, 2011)


Executive Board Member (2008-2010)- IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) Coordinator National Conference on UI campus 2008 & 2001, Executive Board Member (1995-2001),  Membership Secretary/Treasurer (IASPM)



Editorial Board Member:  Journalism Monographs and Journalism Educator  (2003-2007)


AEJMC – National Nominating Committee (2006-2008) National Teaching Standards Committee (1998- 2006).  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).


AEJMC Paper Competition Reviewer –  Minorities & Communication (1997-2007), Qualitative Division (1995 &1996),  Minorities & Communication  (1994 – 1996), Visual Ethics  (1993 & 1994),  Mass Communication and Society paper competition, (1994),  Radio/Television Division  (1993).


Manuscript Reviewer for:    Ethnic and Racial Studies (1998-Present)

Howard Journal of Communication (1996-Present)

American Music: A Quarterly Journal  (1994-2000)

Journal of Popular Music Studies (1991- 2010)


Final Judge for Write O.N.N. Contest sponsored by One Nation News and The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN (February 25, 2003)


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).


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).


Presenter, Iowa High School Press Association State Conference.  “Sensitivity and the News,” Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, October 11, 1995.


Distinguished Scholar    Popular Culture Lecture Series   Stanford University, CA

(April 22 & 23, 1994).


Poynter Institute for Media Studies Fellowship – Participant in workshops on Broadcast News: Ethics, Coaching and Evaluation,  St. Petersburg, FL,  (June 2-9, 1993)


Discussant for Radio Broadcasting in the United States, International Visitor Program

Communication Studies,  (June 1992).


Leadership for a New Century Program National Institute for Leadership Development – Arizona State University,  Tempe, AZ  Jan 26 – Feb 1, 1991.


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).




Bethel Choir sings at MLK Event, Bethel A.M.E. Church  (2014-present).


Trustee, Bethel A.M.E. Church, 411 S. Governor, Iowa City, IA  (2005-present).


Moderator, Authors Panel, Prairie Lights Book Store, Iowa City, IA (August, 18, 2018)


Joint Community Choir – Hancher Auditorium Dedication, Iowa City, IA  (September 9, 2016).


Volunteer – Teen Summit, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Iowa City IA (April 23, 2016).


Participant, Wear Red and Read, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Black History Program, February 9, 2014.


Coordinator, Food for the Spirit Monthly Workshop.  Bethel A.M.E. Church January-December 2014.


Presenter, Do You Know?: HIV AIDS, Black Youth and Social Media, Teen Summit, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, November 9, 2013.


Presenter, “Empowered to Serve”, Youth Sunday – Bethel A.M.E. Church, Iowa City, IA,

September 29, 2013.


Participant, Wear Red and Read, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Black History Program, February 16, 2013.


Executive Board of We Are the World, Iowa City, Cleo McConnell, Director  (2011-2012).


“The Life and Times of Deacon A. L. Wiley,” starring GregAlan Williams, Theatrical Production, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Iowa City. IA (November 7, 2009)


Executive Board of Urban Dreams Iowa City, State Representative Wayne Ford (2008-2010)


Fall Festival and Educating for Eternity Banquet Committee Heritage Christian School, North Liberty, IA  (2005-2010).


Bethel AME New Building Committee, Iowa City, IA  (2003-2010)


Career Speaker at City High School Minority Forum , Iowa City, IA   (May 17, 2005)


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,  Juneteenth 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).