Howard University , PhD , 2015
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine , Other , 2013
Tennessee State University , MS , 2012
Tennessee State University , BS , 2010
Communication and Popular Culture; Ethics, Morality, and the Media; Hip-Hop and Gender; Intercultural Communication; Media Criticism; Media and Gender; Political Communication; Race and Representation; Sport Communication
As a communication scholar and culturist, my research examines the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture. Specifically, I consider the political functions of popular culture to investigate how minority communities use its mediums – most notably, film, music, new media, and television – to create public voices for themselves in spite of disparaging representations and limited media ownership. My research has been published in several books and journals, including Feminist Theory and Pop Culture, Howard Journal of Communications, Journal of Sports Media, Race, Gender, and Class: The Journal, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, and The Journal of Hip-Hop Studies. Also, I served as a cultural commentator for The Huffington Post and offered critical analyses of Hip-Hop, LGBTQ politics, and sport communication. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, I received my Ph.D. in Communication, Culture, and Media Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Howard University, as well as Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Tennessee State University.