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regina.jpgRegina E. Spellers Sims (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is president/CEO of Eagles Soar Consulting, LLC which provides personal and professional communication development services including coaching and training, writing, curriculum development, and research. She enjoys mentoring students, has taught at various universities, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School for New Learning at DePaul University in Chicago IL (her hometown). Her research focuses on intercultural and organizational communication emphasizing ethnic identity, multicultural intergroup relations, business, and hair/body politics. Her award winning publications include book chapters, magazine articles, and web based study guides. Visit www.EaglesSoarConsultingLLC.com to learn more.


Kimberly R. Moffitt (Ph.D., Howard University) is assistant professor in the Department of American Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of Africana Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Her teaching and research interests focus on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as sports icons. Moffitt has forthcoming edited volumes on the presidential campaign of Barack Obama and the decade of the 1980s as a critical time for America and the world. Her latest project is a qualitative study exploring the reactions of Baltimore residents to the popular HBO original program, The Wire. Moffitt often volunteers in area Baltimore City Public Schools facilitating media literacy programs for middle-schoolers.

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Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities
Co-editors: Regina E. Spellers Sims, Ph.D. & Kimberly R. Moffitt, Ph.D.