Dr. Christian was among nine honorees presented with the 2023 Rhomania Torch Award during the Rhomania, Sigma Explosion Festival & Torch Awards. The event, which took place at Visions Entertainment in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, June 3, was sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.'s Delta Sigma Alumnae Chapter. Dr. Christian, who is legacy in the sorority, has been a member since December 16, 2001.
In the March 7 edition of Chicago Tribune, Dr. Christian explains why menopause doesn't just impact women. Men also feel the wrath from this, so the time has come for them to join in the dialogue if normalizing these kinds of conversations is the goal.
Dr. Christian To Write Authorized Biography About Sylvia Moy, Motown’s First Female Songwriter, Producer Who Helped Revive Stevie Wonder’s Early Career As Teen
Behind every great man is an even greater woman. The groundbreaking Sylvia Moy was Motown’s first certified female in-house songwriter and producer to do both simultaneously, consistently, and consecutively alongside her male counterparts in the 1960s.
The time has come for Moy’s story to be told. She will take center stage in the authorized biography written by Dr. Christian, to be published in Spring 2025.
Moy was the mastermind behind classic hits such as The Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You)”, Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston’s “It Takes Two,” and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ “My Baby Loves Me,” and “Honey Chile,” among just a few. She was most notably known for writing a string of hits for a teen Stevie Wonder that revived his career and launched him into superstardom. This included “Uptight (Everything’s Alright),”“I Was Made to Love Her,” “My Cherie Amour,” and "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day."
#ItsNoWonder #SylviaMoy #StevieWonder #Motown #ClassicMotown #MotownMuseum #BMI #HachetteBooks #HachetteUS
Standing in A Class All His Own, Spike Lee Continues to Educate By Any Means Necessary
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee has been schooling moviegoers since he entered the industry in 1983. The time has come for the tenured NYU professor's work to be more widely considered in education, specifically at the collegiate level, starting with Do the Right Thing.
This month I shared my thoughts with Visible Magazine about the necessity of casting a wider net in the classroom to raise awareness and introduce pivotal lessons about race and racial injustices. Check out the article here: visiblemagazine.com/spike-lees-do-the-right-thing-should-be-mandatory-in-higher-ed/
In 2010, I interviewed the late Bill Nunn, a Morehouse College grad like Lee, who portrayed the unforgettable character Radio Raheem in the film.
“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: These five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: The hand of love. The story of life is this: Static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses. The right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Yeah, boom. It’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt. He’s down. Ooh! Ooh! Left-Hand, Hate, KOed by Love." Radio Raheem
Dr. Christian Selected for 2022-2023 National Public Voices Fellowship Led by OpEd Project
The Public Voices Fellowship (PVF) at the University of Illinois System is part of a prestigious national initiative to change who writes history. The 2022-2023 cohort for the system-wide PVF were announced on September 15 by Avijit Ghosh, executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs for the University of Illinois System.
The PVF is a unique opportunity led by The OpEd Project and designed for tenure-system faculty. The program is part of a national initiative to help faculty amplify their expertise in ways that can contribute to public conversations about pressing issues. The internationally acclaimed curriculum and method explore leadership, power, and action in an unfair world. Using time tested methods of transformational learning, fellows will explore how credibility works, how ideas spread, when and why minds change, and how ideas play out over time and space.
Now in its fourth year, the program traditionally hosted 20 slots to tenured faculty. For the first time ever, this year two of those slots were reserved for non-tenured faculty at the three universities, which include the University of Chicago (UIC), University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I/UIUC).
The faculty chosen for the 2022-2023 cohort includes the following:
Dr. Christian Awarded 2022-2023 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy and Teaching Fellowship from The HistoryMakers
Margena A. Christian, a senior lecturer in English at the University of Illinois Chicago, is one of seven educators selected to receive a 2022-2023 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy and Teaching Fellowship from The HistoryMakers, a nonprofit research and educational institution committed to the preservation and accessibility of untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans.
The fellowship is designed to foster classroom innovation and teaching and diversify curricula while broadening student learning and research skills. Award recipients receive a $7,500 award and the opportunity to demonstrate how faculty can creatively incorporate The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into a semester course and syllabus.
Christian’s UIC course, “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud! Writing About African Americans in the Media,” will use The HistoryMakers Digital Archive to explore the role of the Black media in political, social and cultural coverage with regards to representation, dissemination, innovation and education. She is the author of Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built.
Students will evaluate misconceptions and misrepresentations about African Americans, engage in scholarly research to uncover strategies utilized in contributing to more inclusivity, and identify the diverse narratives employed within The HistoryMakers Digital Archive to understand why who controls the narrative matters in the media.
“The fellowship’s first two years proved The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is a unique electronic resource that works well in-person or over video-sharing platforms like Zoom. This year, I am so pleased by the caliber of applications received and look forward to what engaging discussion and research spring from use of the archive,” said Julieanna L. Richardson, founder and president of The HistoryMakers.
Other recipients include the following:
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Read the full story by Richard Prince at Journal-isms.com
Getty Trust buys storied Ebony and Jet magazines photo archives for $30 million at auction, with plans for Smithsonian
Read the full story at New York Daily News.
Massive African-American Photo Collection Being Auctioned By Johnson Publishing Company
Joe Biden Addresses Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention During Labor Luncheon
I attended the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Annual International Convention on June 28, 2019, during its kick-off event, which was the Labor Luncheon at the Chicago Teachers Union. I ended up being quoted in both The New York Times and in The Wall Street Journal, regarding my thoughts about former Vice President Joe Biden.
Photos by Margena A. Christian
The author of Empire visited Windy City LIVE on June 24 where she discussed the biography with the TV show's co-hosts, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini. A story about the appearance was also featured on the University of Illinois at Chicago's English news website.
To read the full newspaper article, visit the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
For more information about this upcoming event, visit the Chicago Public Library's official site.
I had a great time speaking with Art "Chat Daddy" Sims on "Real Talk, Real People" WVON 1690 AM, The Talk of Chicago, for Black Music Month about some of my memorable music moments, interviewing legendary recording artists on the pages of JET and EBONY magazines as an editor for both. My former JET magazine colleague, Clarence Waldron, joined us via phone. Toi Salter and Lisa Rollins were co-hosts for the evening. Rollins recounted lovely memories about John H. Johnson and Michael Jackson, explaining their dedication toward contributing to UNCF where she is regional director for workplace initiatives. I told her that it was in fact Mr. Johnson who suggested that MJ work with the organization. To this day, scholarships are still given out in MJ's name. The EBONY Fashion Fair's Chicago performances were always sponsored by UNCF.
Former JPC Editors Reunite for Panel Discussion at DuSable About Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built
Former employees of Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) shared the stage on Saturday, June 8, for the first time during a historic panel discussion at the DuSable Museum of African American History where they spoke about time spent at the pioneering publishing company under the leadership of the iconic media giant John H. Johnson. Titled Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built, the event was inspired by the biography of the same name that was written by Dr. Margena A. Christian, its organizer.
Former EBONY/JET Showcase co-hosts Darryl Dennard (host of V103's Chicago Speaks) and Deborah Crable were in the drivers' seats as co-moderators for the lively and informative discussion. In addition to Christian, a former EBONY Senior Editor and JET Features Editor, other panelists included the following: Charles Whitaker (Former EBONY Senior Editor) Dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Christopher Benson (Former Vice President and Associate Counsel for JPC and EBONY Features Editor) Associate Professor in Journalism at Northwestern University and co-author with Mamie Till-Mobley of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, Clarence Waldron (Former JET Senior Editor known as the "Dean of Arts and Entertainment Journalists") Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and Kevin McFall (Former Interim CMO/Senior Vice President of EBONY Media Operations f.k.a. JPC and Vice President, Integrated Marketing, Digital Strategy & Licensing JPC) Chief Operating Officer for Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation. Whitaker and Benson also co-authored the textbook Magazine Writing.
Noting that JET magazine was a publication of firsts, Whitaker recently made his own history of firsts. He became the first academic to become a board member of the American Society and Magazine Editors in its 50-plus year history. A week later the former EBONY Senior Editor was appointed Dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Medill is one of the top journalism schools in the country. Whitaker is the first African American in its history to hold this position.
Photos by Reginald Payton/RPM Urban Digital Media Production.
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Bionce Foxx, a radio personality on V103 and iHeart Radio in Chicago, interviewed Dr. Margena A. Christian and Darryl Dennard, host of the radio show Chicago Speaks, about their time working with pioneering publisher John H. Johnson at the empire known as Johnson Publishing Company (JPC). Dennard is a former co-host of the EBONY/JET Showcase, a talk show centering around guests who graced the cover and pages of both magazines, that was produced at JPC. He worked on the show from 1987-1991.
Panel Discussion About Life And Legacy of John H. Johnson at DuSable Museum of African American History
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I am Dr. Margena A. Christian aka DocM.A.C. Some folks feel my way with words, so I thought I would drop a few random "soul lessons" with a little bit of this and a whole lot of that. Keep the faith and always trust the process.