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Michaela Angela Davis

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor
Activist
Writer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Africa
Favorite Quote:
This Is The Day The Lord Had Made, Let Us Rejoice And Be Glad In It.$

Birthplace

Born:
3/31/1964
Birth Location:
Landstuhl,

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor
Activist
Writer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Africa
Favorite Quote:
This Is The Day The Lord Had Made, Let Us Rejoice And Be Glad In It.$

Birthplace

Born:
3/31/1964
Birth Location:
Landstuhl
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Biography

Magazine editor, activist, and writer Michaela Angela Davis was born in 1964 in Germany. When she was young, Davis and her family moved to Washington, D.C., where she attended the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. Upon graduation, Davis enrolled in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before being accepted to the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in 1983. She gained fashion experience by apprenticing with her aunt, a former stylist for Harper’s Bazaar, and photographer Richard Avedon.

In 1991, Davis was hired as an associate fashion editor for Essence magazine. She then became the founding fashion director for Vibe magazine in 1993. In 2002, Davis worked as a stylist for the film Paid in Full, before becoming editor-in-chief of Honey magazine in 2003. Davis also published an essay titled “The Beautiful Ones” for the anthology Everything but the Burden: What White People are Taking from Black Culture in 2003.

In 2004, Davis returned to Essence as the executive Fashion and Beauty editor while simultaneously directing the Culture section. She launched the “Take Back the Music” campaign along with Essence in 2005 and appeared on VH1 News Presents: Hip Hop Videos – Sexploitation on the Set. That same year, Davis authored a gift book entitled Beloved Baby: A Baby’s Scrapbook and Journal. In 2008, she was featured in the documentary The Souls of Black Girls, as well as the BET special, Hip Hop vs. America II: Where Did the Love Go? Davis went on to become the chief creative consultant and editorial brand manager for the rebranding of BET. She appeared in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness in 2011 with an essay titled “Resistance.” Also that year, she launched a community conversation project called MAD Free: Liberating Conversations About Our Image, Beauty and Power as well as “BuryTheRatchet: The Revolutionary Pro Sisterhood Campaign” the following year.

The New York Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People recognized Davis as a “Phenomenal Woman” in 2011, and the President of the Borough of Manhattan presented her with a “Trailblazer Award.” In 2013, she was honored with two separate “Empowerment” awards from BLACK STREET and the Feminist Press.

Davis lives in Brooklyn and has one daughter, Elenni Davis-Knight.

Michaela Angela Davis was interviewed by the The HistoryMakers on August 15, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michaela Angela Davis lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about her father's acceptance into the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her upbringing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michaela Angela Davis recalls her experiences of racial discrimination in Woodbury, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about her early awareness of skin color, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about her early awareness of skin color, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers her neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers her neighborhood friends in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michaela Angela Davis describes the smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about her childhood best friend
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers the music of her youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers the death of her brother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers the death of her brother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about her acting experiences at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her experiences at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her role as an assistant stylist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michaela Angela Davis describes the start of her career in fashion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers the New York City club scene of the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her fashion career in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michaela Angela Davis describes how she came to work for Essence magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michaela Angela Davis describes how she came to work for Vibe magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about the influence of hip hop culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about the early covers of Vibe magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about the evolution of hip hop culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her reasons for leaving Vibe magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers meeting Polly Allen Mellen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michaela Angela Davis recalls the founding of Honey magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about the founders of Vanguarde Media
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michaela Angela Davis describes how she came to be editor in chief of Honey magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her role as editor in chief of Honey magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers her return to Essence magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about Essence's Take Back the Music campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers her early speaking engagements
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Michaela Angela Davis describes how she became a commentator on CNN
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Michaela Angela Davis remembers how she became a commentator for 'Anderson Cooper 360'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about the next generation of black fashion activists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Michaela Angela Davis describes the MAD Free project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her role in the rebranding of BET, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Michaela Angela Davis describes her role in the rebranding of BET, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Michaela Angela Davis talks about her current projects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Michaela Angela Davis reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Michaela Angela Davis describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Michaela Angela Davis reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Michaela Angela Davis narrates her photographs