Reniqua Allen

Producer. Writer. Scholar.

I am a freelance journalist that produces and writes for various outlets on issues of race, class, politics, policy and popular culture. I am currently an Emerging Voices Fellow at the public policy think tank Demos, where I also write for their PolicyShop blog. Before that I was a fellow at the New America Foundation and worked as a producer for Moyers & Company, a weekly newsmagazine on PBS. When I’m not tracking down sources or pitching ideas, I try to expand my brain power as a Ph.D student in American Studies at Rutgers University, where I am working on a dissertation about the representation of the black middle class on network television. Check out my work as a writer, producer and academic. I also occasionally post some amateur photography here.

Portfolio

Commentary/Essays

Quartz
02/23/2015
Will Hollywood's white allies please stand up?

Hollywood made a lukewarm attempt last night to acknowledge their failures at diversity. This strategy was summed up by Neil Patrick Harris' early quip, "Tonight, we honor Hollywood's best and whitest-I mean brightest," followed by mellow laughter from the audience. Neither the joke nor its content was much of a surprise of course - the Oscars lack of diversity...

SFGate
11/12/2014
'Who We Be,' by Jeff Chang: review

Jeff Chang's "Who We Be," a cultural history of race in American popular culture, is one of the few comprehensive mainstream books of the new millennium that grapples with how we've tried to reconcile a multiracial reality within a culture of whiteness through the prism of art.

Quartz
08/21/2014
The black middle class failed Michael Brown long before a white policeman shot him

Last week, as I sat and watched the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of Michael Brown, I went through a range of emotions: rage, grief, depression. Even without the full details of the case, it was upsetting-horrifying really-to see another unarmed black body slain in the broad daylight for the entire world...

The Atlantic
06/19/2014
People Should Be Celebrating, Not Criticizing, Blue Ivy's Hair

The natural 'do of Beyonce and Jay Z's two-year-old daughter makes a potent statement in a society that rarely lets black people just be themselves. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >

the Guardian
04/03/2013
Our 21st-century segregation: we're still divided by race | Reniqua Allen

Many Americans don't want to admit it, but I'll say it: segregation is still around. Sometimes by design. And sometimes by choice. Let me be clear, this isn't the segregation of my parent's era. It's not a legally mandated and enforced system backed by public figures like former Alabama George Wallace, who famously said, "Segregation today.

Reporting

Uptownmagazine
10/17/2015
The Color of Money: Black Brokers Make Wall Street Pay Up in Lawsuit

By Reniqua Allen George McReynolds didn't set out to be anybody's hero when he joined Merrill Lynch's Nashville office in 1983 and he certainly didn't think he would become the heart of the biggest racial employment discrimination suit in U.S. history.

Uptownmagazine
10/17/2015
The Black Middle Class: A Disappearing Act

By Reniqua Allen Nigel Bryden and his wife Jacqueline have always bought into the American dream. These children of the Caribbean believed that if you went to school and worked hard, success was all but assured.

Colorlines
05/12/2011
What Ever Happened to Black Power? (And Do We Care?)

When Malcolm X was assassinated on a sunny winter's day in 1965, many thought black radicalism would die with him. "Malcolm is our only hope. You can depend on him to tell it like it is and to give Whitey hell," one man told the New York Post.

Television & Film

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