Thursday, February 7, 2019
“It Was All a Dream”
Black History Month Keynote Address
Reniqua Allen is an Eisner Fellow at the Nation Institute, and a writer, producer, commentator and academic who focuses on issues surrounding race, class, social mobility and popular culture. Her first book, It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America, will be published in January 2019 (Nation Books/Hachette Press).
Most recently, with WNYC Studios, Reniqua Allen worked as a producer for the second season of the show, The United States of Anxiety, and she served as a casting producer for MTV’s longest running docu-series, True Life, about young people and the 2016 presidential election. Previously, she was a field producer on the documentary film, Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class, which aired on PBS.
Reniqua Allen has worked on a range of shows for PBS, including Moyers & Company, The Bill Moyers Journal, and On Faith & Reason, and also as an archival producer for Sundance-nominated films like Hot Coffee (HBO) and We’re Not Broke. She got her start in broadcasting working in live news for MSNBC and the FOX News Channel. She has published a range of essays and articles for many top outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Quartz, Congressional Quarterly, Uptown, The San Francisco Chronicle, Transition and Teen Vogue.
In addition to the Nation Institute, Reniqua Allen has also held fellowships with the New America Foundation and the think tank Demos. Building upon her BA in journalism and an MA in political science from American University, Reniqua Allen has completed coursework for a PhD in American Studies from Rutgers University and is working on a dissertation that will examine representations of the black middle class on television in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the Department of Communication, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work and the Honors Program
Published on February 07, 2019