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Tanya-Monique Kersey

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
White
Favorite Food:
Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Hell To The No.

Birthplace

Born:
3/22/1961
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
White
Favorite Food:
Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cancun, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Hell To The No.

Birthplace

Born:
3/22/1961
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Magazine editor and magazine publishing chief executive Tanya-Monique Kersey was born on March 22, 1961 in New York City, New York to Cynthia and Al Smith Kersey. She earned her B.A. degree in political science and sociology from Douglass College at Rutgers University in 1983. Kersey began her entertainment career working as a model. She then transitioned into acting, performing in commercials, voiceovers and industrial films.

Kersey appeared on several soap operas such as, All My Children, Search for Tomorrow and The Guiding Light. In 1990, Kersey published the Black State of the Arts: A Guide to Developing a Successful Career as a Black Performing Artist. This book became a proverbial how to manual for African Americans who are launching a career in the industry. In 1994, she established the magazine Black Talent News that focused on news from film, television, theatre and new media industries. After two years of publication Black Talent News became the first African American trade magazine to be accredited by the Motion Picture Association of America and the Television Critics’ Association. In 1997, Kersey participated in the annual Infotainment Conference. In 1999, Black Talent News launched its website www.blacktalentnews.com, which shares information about the industry via the internet. That same year, Kersey began the Hollywood Black Film Festival, a six day celebration of African American cinema. In 2002, Kersey authored and compiled The Black Film Report and the Black Talent News Resource Directory. Kersey is also a frequent contributor and co-host on the Samm Brown’s for the Record radio, show delivering the Urban Entertainment Report on RPFK radio in Los Angeles, California. Kersey is the executive producer of the entertainment newsmagazine show, Inside Urban Hollywood with Tanya Kersey.

In 2002 Kersey was named a “Living History Maker” by Turning Point Magazine . In this same year, she was also named one of Hollywood’s Urban Movers and Shakers by Daily Variety for her work as publisher and editor-in-chief of Black Talent News , as well as for being the founder and executive director of the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Kersey serves on the marketing advisory board of the Independent Feature Project/West and the Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou. She is also a member of the Media Industry Advisory Board at West Los Angeles College.

Tanya- Monique Kersey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 8, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tanya-Monique Kersey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tanya-Monique Kersey lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes the sights, sound and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her mother's profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about her family gatherings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her mother's physical appearance
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her West Indian ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Tanya-Monique remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her mother's surprise birthday party
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tanya-Monique Kersey remembers her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about her father's discipline
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her paternal stepgrandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tanya-Monique Kersey recalls her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tanya-Monique Kersey remembers the community of Haworth, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her father's work with Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Tanya-Monique Kersey recalls her parents' move to Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Tanya-Monique Kersey remembers her father's influence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tanya-Monique remembers her family's vacations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about her early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tanya-Monique Kersey remembers the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tanya-Monique Kersey remembers the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest in New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about her early modeling career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tanya-Monique Kersey remembers Douglass Residential College in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about her racial identity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Tanya-Monique Kersey recalls working as a stand-in on 'The Cosby Show,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Tanya-Monique Kersey recalls working as a stand-in on 'The Cosby Show,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her early acting career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about writing her book
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about upper middle class black culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about her book, 'Black State of the Arts'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about the Black Talent News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tanya-Monique Kersey recalls developing the Black Talent News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about the importance of computer literacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes the Infotainment Conference
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about her daughters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes her marriages
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about raising her daughters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Tanya-Monique Kersey reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes the Hollywood Black Film Festival, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes the Hollywood Black Film Festival, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about the success of the Hollywood Black Film Festival
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tanya-Monique Kersey reflects upon the future of the black film industry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tanya-Monique Kersey reflects upon the future of the black film industry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Tanya-Monique Kersey shares her advice for aspiring actors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Tanya-Monique Kersey talks about the lack of roles for female actresses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Tanya-Monique Kersey describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Tanya-Monique Kersey narrates her photographs