Award-Winning Author and Journalist
Author and journalist Joan Morgan began her writing career freelancing for the Village Voice. Her first article, “The Pro-Rape Culture,” explored the issues of race and gender in the case of the Central Park jogger. The article and the heated response it garnered quickly established Morgan’s reputation as a black feminist writer who was unafraid…
Author and journalist Joan Morgan began her writing career freelancing for the Village Voice. Her first article, “The Pro-Rape Culture,” explored the issues of race and gender in the case of the Central Park jogger. The article and the heated response it garnered quickly established Morgan’s reputation as a black feminist writer who was unafraid of tackling the most highly charged topics.
She later covered the rape trial of Mike Tyson for the Village Voice. Her insightful coverage earned her an Excellence Merit Media Award (EMMA) from the National Woman’s Political Caucus.
Morgan’s passion and commitment to the accurate documentation of hip-hop culture combined with adept cultural criticism placed her at the forefront of music journalism. She was one of the original staff writers at Vibe magazine and a contributing editor and columnist for Spin. In January 2000, she was asked to join the Essence staff, where she served as executive editor. Morgan recently founded her own body butter company, Emily Jayne.
Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost.” Her book has been used in college courses across the nation.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
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SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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- Is America “Post-Racial?” What Would Dr. King Say?
The speech looks at Barack Obama’s candidacy and election, and the changing racial and ethnic composition of America since Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963. What would Dr. King make of the changing composition of America and its impact on America’s black and white racial binary? Who are we talking about in 2011, when we use the term African American? How useful is it to still use the terms Black and African American interchangeably? And finally, what impact does this heterogeneous and multi-ethnic American Blackness have on the country from a political, social and economic perspective?
- Hip-Hop Made Me a Better Feminist
Drawing from almost two decades of experience, media speaker Joan Morgan explores the often conflicting words of hip-hop and feminism. She shares her journey from pioneering hip-hop journalist to becoming the foremother of hip-hop feminism, while exploring challenges faced by young women and men of the hip-hop generation.
- Black Love on the Battle Lines
In this riveting lecture, keynote speaker Joan Morgan argues that a functional feminism for the hip-hop generation must address the beleaguered state of African-American relationships, families and marriages. Her unique insights offer compelling, refreshing alternatives to the collective panic evoked by doomsday statistics. This lecture can be also be offered in the more intimate format of all women/men discussion groups followed immediately by a co-ed address.
Keynote with Joan Morgan and Dr Brittney Cooper at the Hip Hop Literacies Conference 2014
Tarell Alvin McCraney and Joan Morgan - YoungArts Master Class
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