Andrea Hunter, PhD is the essayist and producer of A Colored Girl Speaks: Meditations on Race and Other Magical Things. A professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Greensboro, she is a scholar, teacher, mentor, and writer.
I am a university professor—social scientist, teacher, mentor, and writer—and I live within my words.
Through my research and scholarship, I have sought to reveal everyday people living ordinary lives who do so with agency, with dignity, with great verve, and with the full range of harmony and chaos a human being can extract from life; my aim is to uncover the human experience as well as to impact publics.
African American families, and the intergenerational labyrinth of the lives within its confines, is at the heart of what I study. Raised in a large extended family located within a black enclave of a small southern town, I was witness to many stories, and heard more at my elders’ knee. So, revealing black family life was akin to getting a seat beneath the tree and stepping up with my own stories when the last person speaking paused and to take a breath.
A Colored Girl Speaks: Meditations on Race and Other Magical Things
A collection of my personal essays on race, culture, and politics through the prism of identity, memory, and history––an intimate, and often painful, commentary on race in America, and the way forward.
COLORED GIRL SPEAKS PROJECT TEAM
Tiera Moore, MA is the narrator and co-producer of A Colored Girl Speaks. She received her bachelor’s degree in African American and African diaspora studies and a master’s degree in applied arts and sciences with a concentration in global studies from UNC Greensboro. Tiera is a spoken word artist, writer, and community organizer with interdisciplinary interests in the histories, cultures, literature, and philosophies of African peoples. Visit her 2019 TEDxUNCGreensboro talk, “Higgler is the New Hustle: Lessons from Igbo Women Entrepreneurs.”
Jamonica Brown, BA is the production assistant for A Colored Girl Speaks. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fayetteville State University and is a graduate student in human development and family studies at UNC Greensboro. Her research interests focus on the effects of parental colorism messages and communication styles on African American children’s self-esteem and development.
Deanna Floyd, BA is the production assistant and social media specialist for A Colored Girl Speaks. She received her bachelor’s degree in social science and is now pursuing a second undergraduate degree in psychology at UNC Greensboro. Deanna plans to pursue graduate studies with the goal of conducting research on African American mental and reproductive health.
Veronica Thornton, MA, MS is the announcer for A Colored Girl Speaks. She received masters’ degrees in marriage and family counseling from Regent University and in human development and family studies from UNC Greensboro. Veronica’s research and published papers focus primarily on child/youth mental health, social justice, public policy, and religious/spiritual development. She also volunteers as a campus minister and as a mentor to college students.
Our thanks to the University Teaching and Learning Center at UNC Greensboro for the provision of the podcasting suite and for the support and consultation provided for this effort.