Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
- @New York City
New York City
Tue, Thu 12:00pm-1:30pm
Tue, Thu 3:30pm-4:30pm
"It is axiomatic that if we do not define ourselves for ourselves, we will defined by others - for their use and to our detriment."
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
An award-winning, communication scholar, my research examines the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture. Specifically, I consider the political ramifications of popular culture to investigate how minority communities use their mediums to address disparaging media representations. My research has been published in peer-reviewed, books and journals, including Celebrity Studies; Feminist Theory and Pop Culture; Howard Journal of Communications; Journal of Sports Media; Race, Gender, and Class: The Journal; Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men; The Journal of Hip-Hop Studies; and Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. Also, I served as a cultural commentator for The Huffington Post and offered critical analyses of Hip-Hop, LGBTQ politics, and sport communication. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, I received my doctorate in communication, culture, and media studies and a graduate certificate in women's studies from Howard University, as well as bachelor and master's degrees from Tennessee State University.
Graduate Certificate, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia, 2015
PhD, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia, 2015
Communication, Culture, and Media Studies
Continuing Education Certificate, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013
Science of Sex and Gender
MS, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, 2012
Educational Administration and Supervision
BS, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, 2010
Awards and Honors
National Communication Association, November 13, 2020 - African American Culture and Communication Division and Black Caucus Outstanding Journal Article Award
Tennessee State University Young Alumni Network, February 19, 2019 - Tennessee State University "40 Under Forty" 2019 Honoree
Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, 2014 - Inductee
Black Women Rap Battles: A Textual Analysis of U.S. Rap Diss Songs
Tyree, T. C. & Williams, M. L. (2013, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 1). Women and Music: A Journal on Gender and Culture. Vol 25
For the Dead Homie: Black Men Rappers, Homicide Survivorship Bereavement, and the Rap Tribute of Nipsey Hussle
Williams, M. L., Winley, J. K. & Causey, . A. (2021). Journal of Hip-Hop Studies.
Social Media's Commodified, Transgender Ambassador: Caitlyn Jenner, Celebrity Activism, and Social Media
Williams, M. L. Celebrity Studies. , pages 20.
Williams, M. L. (2020). Debra Merskin (Eds.), Thousand Oaks, CA :Sage Publications, Inc.. http://https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-international-encyclopedia-of-mass-media-and-society/book244632
“Meditate, Don't Medicate!” An Analysis of Addict Rap, Black Men's Social Issues, and J. Cole's K.O.D. Album
Williams, M. L. (2020). Howard Journal of Communications.
Better than Steph Curry and More Profitable than LeBron James: An Analysis of LaVar Ball's Agenda Building of the Ball Brothers
Williams, M. L. & Cotton, M. J. (2020). Journal of Sports Media. Vol 14 (Issue 1-2) , pages 201-232.
The "Un-Quiet Queen:" An Analysis of Rapper Nicki Minaj in the Fame Comic Book
Williams, M. L. & Tyree, T. C. (2019). Adrienne Trier-Bieniek (Eds.), Leiden , The Netherlands:Brill Sense Publishers. Vol 2 , pages 20.
How to Be a Postfeminist: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Celebrity Culture, Sexual Messages, and Feminism in Amber Rose's How to Be a Bad Bitch
Williams, M. L. & Tyree, T. C. (2019). Carol M. Madere (Eds.), Lanham, MD :Lexington Books.
Turn Down for What? A Critical Examination of Black Youth Alcohol Consumption and the Influence of Hip-Hop Media
Williams, M. L. (2018). Christopher Emdin and Edmun Adjapong (Eds.), , The Netherlands:Brill Publishers. , pages 147-157.
"I Don't Belong in Here!" A Social Media Analysis of Digital Protest, Transgender Rights, and International Restroom Legislation
Williams, M. L. (2018). Kehbuma Langmia and Tia C. M. Tyree (Eds.), Lanham, MD :Lexington Books. , pages 27-48.
Ain't I a Teacher? An Analysis of Black Male Teacher Television Representations on The Steve Harvey Show
Williams, M. L. (2017). Ain't I a Teacher? An Analysis of Black Male Teacher Television Representations on The Steve Harvey Show.Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men~~. . Vol 5 (Issue 2) , pages 45-70.
Sharon De La Cruz
Williams, M. L. (2017). Sheena Howard (Eds.), Golden, CO :Fulcrum Publishing.
True Niggaz Ain't Quare: An Examination of Rap Authenticity and Black Gay Male Rappers
Williams, M. L. & Wright, V. (2017). Jane Campbell and Theresa Carilli (Eds.), Lanham, MD :Lexington Books. , pages 85-108.
White Chicks with a Gangsta' Pitch: Gendered Whiteness in United States Rap Culture (1990-2017)
Williams, M. L. (2017). White Chicks with a Gangsta' Pitch: Gendered Whiteness in United States Rap Culture (1990-2017).Journal of Hip-Hop Studies~~. . Vol 4 (Issue 1) , pages 50-93. http://jhhsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jhhs41.pdf
"My Job is to Be a Bad Bitch!" Locating Women of Color in Postfeminist Media Culture on Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta
Williams, M. L. (2017). "My Job is to Be a Bad Bitch!" Locating Women of Color in Postfeminist Media Culture on Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta.Race, Gender, and Class Journal~~. . Vol 23 (Issue 3-4) , pages 68-88.
"The "Un-Quiet Queen:" An Analysis of Rapper Nicki Minaj in the Fame Comic Book
Williams, M. L. & Tyree, T. C. (2016). Adrienne Trier-Bieniek (Eds.), , The Netherlands:Sense Publishers. , pages 65-76.
My Hair is "Layed" like Cyberqueer: Video Blogging, Computer Cross-Dressing, and the Curious Case of Funky Dineva
Williams, M. L., Tyree, T. C. & Lewis, M. (2015). My Hair is "Layed" like Cyberqueer: Video Blogging, Computer Cross-Dressing, and the Curious Case of Funky Dineva.Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men~~. . Vol 3 (Issue 2) , pages 99-122.
Black Man Interrupted: The Impact of HBCU Brotherhood
Williams, M. L. (2015). Christopher D. Carthcart and Tia C. M. Tyree (Eds.), Bloomington, IN :Xlibris Publishing.
Williams, M. L. (2019, November 14). National Communication Association Annual Convention. "Meditate, Don't Medicate: An Analysis of Addict Rap, Black Men's Social Issues, and J. Cole's K.O.D. Album". National Communication Association , Baltimore Maryland.
Tyree, T. C. & Williams, M. L. (2019, April 18). PCA/ACA . Femcee Rap Battles: A Textual Analysis of U.S. Female Rap Diss Songs (1988-2017). .
Williams, M. L. & Tyree, T. C. (2019, February 23). FWPCA/ACA 31st Annual Conference. How to Be a Postfeminist: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Celebrity Culture, Sexual Messages, and Feminism in Amber Rose's How to Be a Bad Bitch. Far West Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Las Vegas, Nevada .
Williams, M. L. & Cotton, M. J. (2018, November 1). North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference. Better than Steph Curry and More Profitable than LeBron James: An Analysis of LaVar Ball's Agenda Building of the Ball Brothers. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
African-American Representations in Popular Culture; Black Female Celebrity Representations in Feminist Media Culture; Black Masculinity Studies; Black Queer Studies; Feminist Media Studies; Hip-Hop Feminist Politics; Minority Cultural Production on Social Media; Popular Culture; Queer Online Political Communication; Social Media and Social Change; Sport Communication
Remoting In [Internet], 2020
Media Interview for Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Eyebrow Slits and '#lesbianproblems' - How TikTok Became the Favored App of Young Gay Women [Internet], August22020
Cultural Commentary/Media Interview with Medium.
Cannabis Might Be Trending Now. But for Many Black and Brown Americans, a Painful Past. [Internet], April202020
Cultural Commentary for Very Good Light
Black Men and Self-Care: What Are We Missing? [Internet], February272020
Media Interview with Very Good Light
LaVar Ball's Master Class on Black Fatherhood and Agenda Building is Legit. [Internet], June182017
Cultural Commentary by The Huffington Post. Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lavar-balls-a-master-class-on-black-fatherhood-and_us_59460907e4b0940f84fe2f60
Miley Cyrus Takes a Whack Out of Hip-Hop. [Internet], May312017
Cultural Commentary Published by The Huffington Post. Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mileys-wrecking-ball-takes-a-whack-out-of-hip-hop_us_592c4e9fe4b0a7b7b469cc56
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
Popular Culture Association - American Culture Association
National Communication Association
- New York Faculty Council Public Relations and Public Functions Committee[Committee Member]
- New York Faculty Council Student Affairs Committee
- First Generation Mentor Program[Faculty Mentor]
- Urban Male Initiative (UMI) [Faculty Mentor]
- Hudson Pride Center[Volunteer]