Ronda Racha Penrice, Noted Author and Black Culture expert
An expert on Black culture, Black history, African American studies, and a film and lifestyle critic, Ronda Racha Penrice has been in the medium of social change for nearly two decades. She is the author of the popular book African American History FOR DUMMIES (Published by Wiley), a noted Journalist and Historian. She is an expert, critic and writer on Black popular culture, urban style, race, gender and hip-hop culture. Ronda Racha Penrice has written for various publications and held key editorial positions at the Uptwown Magazine, Quarterly Black Review of Books, Rap Pages and Upscale Magazine.
Book Ronda as a Speaker
Ronda is available to speak at your conference, meeting or special event. She serves as a subject matter expert in the following fields:
- Black History
- Black Popular Culture
- African American Studies
- Gender and Race in Contemporary Social media
- Expert critic and writer on urban style, race, gender and hip-hop culture
- Film and TV
Chicago Native with Deep Mississippi Roots
The Chicago native (with deep Mississippi roots) and Columbia University graduate has covered everything from music, film, sports and travel to books, theatre, fitness and current events for publications such as Essence, Essence.com, Africana.com, Vibe.com, The Source, The Crisis, Jewel, Honey, EURweb.com, AOL Black Voices, Urban Network, The Atlanta Voice, The Jackson Advocate, Creative Loafing, UPTOWN, OverTime and NiaOnline. Celebrities/sports personalities Ms. Penrice has interviewed include Jermaine Dupri, Ice Cube, Halle Berry, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Kimberly Elise, T.I., Ciara, Shemar Moore, Vivica A. Fox, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, C. Vivian Stringer, Phylicia Rashad, Patti LaBelle, just to name a few. Ms. Penrice also worked as a film publicist for Roz Stevenson Public Relations where she worked on Bring It On and The Fast and the Furious, among others.
African American History FOR DUMMIES By Ronda Racha Penrice
With more than 250 colleges offering undergraduate degrees in African American studies and African Americans holding key positions in innumerable fields, there’s more interest than ever in African American history and culture. Spanning from Africa before the transatlantic slave trade, slavery, Jim Crow, the civil rights movement, and Hurricane Katrina to historical figures, pivotal events, momentous court cases and key cultural contributions, African American History For Dummies (Wiley: April 2007, 412 pages) is a plain-English guide that helps people get a handle on the African American experience over the last four centuries. Separate chapters on sports, religion, education, film/TV, also work to create a fuller picture of African American history and culture, past and present.
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