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ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink, Green
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Turks and Caicos
Favorite Quote:
Stop Talking About Doing It And Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
9/7/1969
Birth Location:
Kansas City, Missouri

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink, Green
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Turks and Caicos
Favorite Quote:
Stop Talking About Doing It And Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
9/7/1969
Birth Location:
Kansas City
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Biography

Author and journalist ReShonda Tate Billingsley was born on September 7, 1969, in Kansas City, Missouri. Billingsley graduated from Madison High School in Houston, Texas in 1987, and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her B.A. degree in broadcast journalism in 1991.

Billingsley began her career in 1993 as an associate producer for KTRK-TV, an ABC-affiliate in Houston, Texas. After a year at KTRK, Billingsley moved to the NBC-affiliate KJAC-TV in Port Arthur, Texas, as an anchor, reporter and talk show host. In 1996, she accepted a position in Houston, Texas as a reporter for KPRC-TV, the NBC-affiliate. From 1997-2003, Billingsley was a reporter and anchor for the NBC-affiliated KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2003, she returned to Houston as a reporter for KRIV-TV, the Fox-affiliate, where she remained until 2007. Billingsley published her first book in 2001 My Brother’s Keeper, which was picked up by publishing company Simon & Schuster the following year. She became a National Bestselling Author of over forty fiction, non-fiction, and teen fiction books. Billingsley has also served as a reporter and editor for the Houston Defender since 1993. She served as a host and producer for KPFT’s From Cover to Cover literary talk show from 2009 to 2013, and KTSU’s The Sista Xchange from 2011 to 2014. She, and fellow Simon & Schuster author Victoria Christopher Murray, co-founded Brown Girl Books in 2014. Her books The Devil is a Lie and Let the Church Say Amen were adapted into television movies for TV One and BET.

Billingsley has also served as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack & Jill of America, and the Durham Library board. Billingsley received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature in 2012 for her book, Say Amen, Again, and was nominated in 2013 for The Secret She Kept, which was adapted into a television movie for TV One. She was nominated for the award once again in 2015 for Mama’s Boy.

Billingsley and her husband, Dr. Miron Billingsley have three children; Mya, Morgan and Myles.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 1, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her father's storytelling
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her love of reading
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her father's supper club
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her father's carpentry skills
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her neighborhood in Smackover, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her parents' divorce and moving to Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls her favorite middle school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley remembers her first published story
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley remembers her active imagination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her church involvements
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her early reputation as a writer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls her early career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley remembers her favorite teacher at James Madison High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls enrolling at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her activities at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley remembers her favorite professor at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls her early broadcasting experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley remembers graduating from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls working for the National Enquirer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley remembers working as a producer at KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls her transition to anchoring for KJAC-TV in Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls worked as a reporter at KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas and KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her first book, 'My Brother's Keeper'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley recalls self-publishing 'My Brother's Keeper'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her book, 'Let the Church Say Amen'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about the controversy around 'Let the Church Say Amen'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes the themes of her books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her writing career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her books 'Help! I've Turned into My Mother' and 'I Know I've Been Changed'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley remembers her books that were published in 2007
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her teen fiction books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her books, 'The Devil is a Lie' and 'Holy Rollers'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her acting career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her book, 'The Secret She Kept'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her parenting style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her book, 'A Family Affair'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her current projects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about the film adaptations of her books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her screenwriting aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her awards and accolades
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley reflects upon her writing career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her writing process
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her favorite writers and books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about the growth of her writing career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley talks about her publishing company, Brown Girls Books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - ReShonda Tate Billingsley narrates her photographs