SUMMARY

Experienced multi-platform content creator and producer with over 20 years of experience specializing in entertainment and pop culture. Also the author of African American History For Dummies.                                

WORK HISTORY

FREELANCE WRITER/EDITOR (Atlanta/Los Angeles)                        July 1999-Present

Past/Present Outlets: TheRoot.com [TV/Film], AtlantaBlackStar.com [TV/Film/Travel], AJC [TV/Film/Theatre/Human Interest], NewsOne [TV/Film/Pop Culture], NBC BLK [Film/TV/Human Interest], Urban News Service [TV/Lifestyle/Pop Culture; Syndicates to Over 150 Publications], UPTOWN [Deputy Editor/Atlanta Editor, curated new hotels/restaurants/retail spots nationally/globally for Radar and social events in seven cities for Social for bi-monthly magazine for affluent African Americans, edited numerous features, wrote travel and other stories, as well as assigned and shaped features with Roland Martin, Joy Reid, Van Jones, etc.], Rolling Out/HobNobDrive.com [Entertainment/Lifestyle/Culinary/Spirits], theGrio.com [Op-Ed], The Atlanta Voice [Entertainment/Travel], Metromix.com [Lifestyle/Culinary/Entertainment], 944 Atlanta [Lifestyle/Culinary/Music], EbonyJet.com [TV/Film], Atlanta Citysearch [Lifestyle], Creative Loafing [Music/TV/Film], URBAN NETWORK [Music], OVERTIME [Sports], AOL BlackVoices [Television], EMMY Magazine, ESSENCE/ESSENCE Online. Author, African American History For Dummies: April 2007.

FREELANCE PRODUCER (Atlanta)                                            October 2014-Present

Segment producer, Celebrity Crime Files: Shakir Stewart, aired October 2014, TV One [supervised cameramen capturing Atlanta exteriors including Morehouse and the former Stewart residence as well as booked early Stewart associate; composed questions and conducted interviews]

Coordinating Producer, Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now, FGW Productions, aired January 2016, PBS World Channel [researched footage and recommended edits, researched various topics and composed questions, secured talent including Kevin Powell and Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors, booked Bree Newsome as well as secured location and cameraman for the interview I conducted in Charlotte]

On-Set Producer, EPK, All Eyez on Me, FGW Productions, January/February 2016 [Blu-ray featuring on-set footage and interviews captured with such talent as Danai Gurira who played Afeni Shakur, Dominic Santana who played Suge Knight and more released September 5, 2017]

Associate Producer, HBO First Look: All Eyez on Me, FGW Productions, aired June 2017, HBO. [Featured footage supervised by me as well as interviews with questions I composed and more.]

FREELANCE ON-SITE EVENT/TALENT MANAGEMENT (Atlanta/Los Angeles)    July 2001-Present

Events: On the Vine (Martha’s Vineyard, Benefit Kidney Research Fundraiser, July 2013), Chris Webber’s Bada Bling Weekend (Las Vegas, July 06/07/08), Super Bowl (Detroit, Feb 06 with Stevie Wonder’s team/ New Orleans, Feb 02 with then Philadelphia Eagle and Louisiana native Brian Mitchell who won a ring with the Doug Williams Redskins), Vibe MusicFest (Atlanta, June 05), Bronner Brothers Hair Show (Atlanta, Aug 03-05, Feb 04/05), NBA All-Star (Philadelphia Feb 02), BESLA VibeSlam (Las Vegas, July 01). Celebrities: Shemar Moore, Barry Sanders, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Moses Malone, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Organizations: Earth University Foundation, 2009

Upscale Magazine (Atlanta)

ASSOCIATE EDITOR/EDITOR-AT-LARGE                   May 2002-February 2003/May 2003-December 2005

Served as a liaison between senior editor, managing editor and staff. Top-edited and spearheaded fitness, health, travel, gospel, books, entertainment, horoscope, calendar of events and sports coverage. Curated All Access pictures. Wrote/edited features, coordinated art with photo editor and interacted with publicists. Covered culinary, travel, fitness, book, automotive and celebrities as Editor-at-Large. Cover stories included Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union and Kimberly Elise as a writer and Erykah Badu, India.Arie and more as an editor.

Roz Stevenson Public Relations (Los Angeles-based boutique film pr firm targeting ethnic audiences)

PUBLICIST                                                                               June 2000-February 2002

Wrote press releases/pitch letters on various actors and films to newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Coordinated national ethnic promo opportunities with urban outlets (i.e. clubs, restaurants, networking events). Stand-out projects: Nutty Professor II, Bring It On, and The Fast and The Furious; worked with Janet Jackson, Gabrielle Union, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ja Rule, Don Cheadle, Rosario Dawson and more.

BET Pictures (Los Angeles)

FREELANCE READER                                                            September 1999-April 2000

Covered scripts/books for theatrical release potential. Reported to VP, Development Njeri Karago and Creative Executive Chris DeHaan.

Rap Pages Magazine, Larry Flynt Publications, Inc. (Beverly Hills)

ASSOCIATE EDITOR                                                             July 1998-June 1999

Assigned/edited articles for "Inside Dope" "Kudos," "Write On," and "Video Review;" maintained/established relationships with TV/film outlets; wrote book/music reviews and features. Assisted music and photo editors.

National Trust for Historic Preservation/Scott-Ford Foundation (D.C./Jackson, MS)

RESEARCHER/WRITER                                                         December 1997/Summer 1997

Drafted mission statement/family history. Conducted historical research for a report on a proposed house museum for Scott-Ford family, a Black Jackson family who lived in the historic Farish Street District for 100 years.                                  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alumni Center of New York

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT                                             October 1993­-June 1996

Performed office duties as well as went beyond to create bi-monthly event calendars/other services relevant to area alumni. Spearheaded logistical/operations support to MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City (nonprofit provider of entrepreneurship programming) and was asked to become a board member for 1995, 1996.

Quarterly Black Review of Books (N.Y.C.-based magazine for African American books)

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR                                                       May 1994-April 1996

Contributed short book reviews/synopses to "Books Worth Noting," often identifying impactful books and spotlighting brave new voices. Also wrote full-length book reviews and provided general editing and copy-editing.

Office of Alumni Affairs, Columbia College (New York City)

EVENTS COORDINATOR, BLACK ALUMNI COUNCIL              September 1992-October 1993

Re-energized the Black Alumni Council by re-establishing and re-imagining the 9th and 10th Annual Galas. Also established an alumni-student mentor program that included receptions, summer job seminars and fundraising.  

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI, Oxford, M.A. Southern Studies. Attended Fall 1996-Spring 1998

GALLATIN SCHOOL, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, M.A. Individualized Study. Attended Fall 1994-Spring 1995

COLUMBIA COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (NYC), B.A. English/History, May 1993