Reviews & Other Press

Reviews

Creative Non-Fiction:

- for "They're Not Talking About Me": in The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature review of Home Girls Make Some Noise, Tarshia L. Stanley writes: "In They're Not Talking About Me, Eisa Nefertari Ulen creates a moment to reflect on the inner anguish that women can experience in hip hop culture as young girls confused by the mixed message sent to them in rap music and videos adopt a passive attitude toward misogyny or become enamored with hypersexual representations of particularly black womanhood. Many women choose to negotiate the difficult spaces by refusing to acknowledge that they exist."

- for "Letter to Angela Davis": in his review of Step Into a World Jerry W. Ward Jr. explores Eisa's contribution as one of "two pieces that deal hauntingly with the first major concern" of what he calls "loss of ancestral succession." (2001)


- for "Letter to Angela Davis," Bakari Kitwana's review of Step Into a World in The Progressive: "Contributors like Eisa Nefertari Ulen question some of the failings of the older generation that the younger generation has inherited. "As I take full advantage of my generation's opportunity to enjoy a delayed adolescence " single but yearning for marriage and parenthood " I look back on my own family,' she writes. "I feel the lost potential -- at times feel imprisoned by it. The Black Nation's hip-hop generation has been looking back at itself... Your generation's ex-husbands are replicated in my generation's babies' fathers. This is not an empowering new configuration of family that is somehow uplifting and free... Where are those revolutionary, revolution-era families?'" (2001)


- for "Letter to Angela Davis," The Houston Chronicle: "In an open letter to Angela Davis in the Dialogue Section, "What Happened to Your Generation's Promise of Love and Revolution?,' Eisa Nefertari Ulen questions the Black Panther icon and her generation about where youth culture should be headed - politically, emotionally, and spiritually: "Your generation's ex-husbands are replicated in my generation's babies' fathers. This is not an empowering new configuration of family that is somehow uplifting and free. Our babies' mothers are alone and tired and broke.' Her fierce questions have no easy answers, like many of the questions posed in this anthology. But they are questions on a number of minds nonetheless." (2000)


- for "Letter to Angela Davis," Publisher's Weekly (1999): "poetically phrased"


- for "Letter to Angela Davis," Moxie magazine (1999): "Eisa Nefertari Ulen asks Angela Y. Davis, 'What happened to your generation's promise of love and revolution?'"


- for "The Menstrual Hut," Publisher's Weekly (1996): "Eisa Nefertari Ulen writes effervescently about the women who supported her as she reached maturity: "My circle of women has taught me to shake my body and love it.'"

Other Press:

- Featured in the "Black New Yorkers" Series, The Amsterdam News (December 6, 2007 " December 12, 2007)

- "Writing From Her Roots," Bermuda's Show Off magazine (December 2007)

- as professor of Black Studies, The Village Voice, "Black to the Future" (2005)

- for "Letter to Angela Davis," The Orange County Register, "Community" (1999)

- for "Sisters' Stories," The Greensboro News and Record (1999)

- for "The Menstrual Hut," Quarterly Black Review of Books, "LitPics" (1998)

- for "The Menstrual Hut," The New York CaribNews, "CaribWoman" (1997)

- for FDCAC award, The New York Daily News, "Metro" (1995)

- for FDCAC award, The New York Amsterdam News, "Arts and Entertainment" (1995)

- as writer at magazine anniversary party, The New York Times, "Styles" (1994)

- as member of Boys Harbor Jr. Committee, Hamptons (1994)

Appearances:


Judge
- Bronx Council on the Arts' Literary Arts BRIO Fiction/Nonfiction Panel 2005


Work in Film

- Proposal Evaluator for the National Black Programming Consortium 2005 Development Fund Film Competition

- Associate Producer for the 2004 National Black Programming Consortium Prized Pieces Film Festival


Television Appearances

- Featured on Fox5 NY news at 5:00 segment discussing Barack Obama's speech on race with news anchor Dari Alexander (March 18, 2007)

- Featured on Fox 5 NY program, "Street Talk," exploring women's re-appropriation of the B-word with journalists Vanessa Bush and Lisa Chiffren (2007)

- Featured in nationally syndicated segment concerning race and spirit, "The Ananda Lewis Show" (2002)

- Featured in segment exploring use of Black English in African American literature, Fox 5 "Good Day New York" (2001)

- Featured in segment exploring Black literature, "NY 1" (2001)

- Featured in segment exploring gentrification and displacement of people of color in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, "NY 1" (2001)

- Panelist exploring Black female sexuality, "Family Talk" on Comcast Cable television in New Jersey and Philadelphia (1997)


Radio Appearances

- Bloggers' Roundtable discussion on NPR's "News & Notes" with Farai Chideya (September 8, 2008)

- Discussion of Black writing and the National Black Writers Conference with Dr. Brenda Greene on WBAI's "Talk Back" with Hugh Hamilton (March 25, 2008)

- Analysis of Barack Obama's speech on race on NPR's "News and Notes" with Farai Chideya (March 24, 2008)

- Analysis of Margaret B. Jones' fake gang memoir, Love & Consequences, on NPR's "News and Notes" with Farai Chideya (March 6, 2008)

- Bloggers' Roundtable discussion on NPR's "News and Notes" with Farai Chideya (February 18, 2008)

- Bloggers' Roundtable discussion on NPR's "News and Notes" with Farai Chideya (December 24, 2007)

- Bloggers' Roundtable discussion on NPR's "News and Notes" with Farai Chideya (December 17, 2007)

- Read from "Tapping Our Strength" for Shattering the Stereotypes on the WBAI program "Asian Pacific Forum" (2005)

- Featured in September 11th discussion on the BBC Scotland Johnston McKay program (2002)

- Featured on segment concerning African American literature on the WKND "Eden Books Show" in Hartford, CT (2001)

- Panelist exploring Black female sexuality on the WBAI morning radio show in New York (1997)

 

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