Walker’s Legacy was developed to honor the legacy of amazing women who have paved the way for women in business and entrepreneurship. To carry forward the torch, each month we highlight movers and shakers who are currently kicking down doors, making names for themselves and a pathway for women behind them. February is Black History Month and what better month to honor our Walker of the Month Ronda Racha Penrice, Deputy Editor UPTOWN Magazine & Author, African American History for Dummies.[space]
…Author, journalist, expert on African American history and contemporary American culture
Ronda Racha Penrice, a native of Chicago, has a lifelong interest in African American history and culture. Her first book, African American History for DUMMIES is an extensive look at a complex subject that is both a historical and cultural overview. [space]
Ronda has made appearances at the Authors Pavilion, Annual Legislative Conference, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (Washington, D.C., 2007 & 2008); Essence Music Festival Book Emporium (New Orleans, 2008); National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta, 2008) and V103’s For Sisters Only (Atlanta, 2007), among others.
She contributed an essay to Not In My Family, the groundbreaking anthology edited by Gil Robertson IV which also includes essays by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, original Dreamgirls cast member Sheryl Lee Ralph and Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., among others. In addition, she wrote the “Mississippi” essay for the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Presentas well essays on pioneering fashion model/beautypreneur Naomi Sims and pioneering fashion designer Patrick Kelly for the Mississippi Encyclopedia and Meharry for The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 24, Science & Medicine. [space]
Ronda has been a contributing editor for The Quarterly Black Review of Books (New York), and an Associate Editor at Rap Pages (Los Angeles) as well as Associate Editor and Editor-At-Large for Upscale(Atlanta). As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in a variety of publications. They include Essence, Essence.com,
Nia Online,Creative Loafing (music); Urban Network (music),Africana.com( film/television), AOL Black Voices (weekly television column, “Remote Control”), Upscale (various), Vibe.com, Eurweb.com,Honey, The Source, Jewel, EbonyJet.com ( television), Heart & Soul(various), Atlanta. Metromix.com (food/music), Ebo ny (television) andOverTime (sports). Currently, her work appears regularly ontheGrio.com (pop culture criticism), UPTOWNMagazine.com and inUptown Atlanta (food/lifestyle). Currently she serves as the Deputy Editor of UPTOWN Magazine and pens a television column for The Atlanta Voice in addition to contributing to theGrio.com. [space]
Ronda earned a B.A. in English/History from Columbia University and an M.A. in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, where her primary focus was the literature and history of the Black South.