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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lamu, Kenya
Favorite Quote:
Dream big

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1957
Birth Location:
Akron, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lamu, Kenya
Favorite Quote:
Dream big

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1957
Birth Location:
Akron
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Biography

Editor, publisher and professor Yanick Rice Lamb was born on September 27, 1957 in Akron, Ohio to William R. Rice and Carmelie Jordan. Lamb graduated from Buchtel High School in Akron in 1976. She went on to receive her B.A. degree in journalism from Ohio State University in 1980.

Upon graduation, Lamb was hired as a copy editor at the Toledo Blade, where she was promoted to reporter in 1982. Lamb then worked for the Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, Georgia, as a copy editor until 1984, when she was hired as a layout editor for the New York Times. While employed at the New York Times, Lamb worked in various capacities, including deputy home and living editor, assistant editor of the Connecticut Weekly, and metropolitan copy editor. Then, in 1992, she became a senior editor for Child Magazine, serving two years. She was then hired as an editor-at-large at Essence Magazine in 1994. From 1995 until 2000, Lamb served as editor-in-chief, editorial director, and vice president at Black Entertainment Television. At BET, she was responsible for editorial management of BET Weekend, for which she was founding editor, as well as BET Publishing Group’s Heart & Soul. Lamb worked at Vanguarde Media, Incorporated, as editor-in-chief from 2000 to 2001. She was then hired as a journalism lecturer at Howard University in 2001, and was later promoted to associate professor. After receiving her M.B.A. degree from Howard University in 2005, she became the associate publisher and editorial director of Heart & Soul, where she served until 2011. In 2010, Lamb co-founded Fully-Connected.com, a website that connects people from Atlanta to Accra through interactive journalism and social networking. She also co-founded FierceforBlackWomen.com in 2013. Lamb continued to teach at Howard University, serving as chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film since 2013.

Lamb has co-authored three books: 1996’s The Spirit of African Design, 2004’s Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson, and 2005’s Rise and Fly: Tall Tales and Mostly True Rules of Bid Whist. She has also received numerous awards, including the Folio: Editorial Excellence Award and the McDonald's Black History Maker of Today Award in Journalism. Lamb was also honored at the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards; and she has served twice as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists. In addition, the Association of Health Care Journalists selected Lamb as a Health Performance Fellow in 2010; and, in 2013, she became the John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow.

Yanick Rice Lamb was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 23, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Yanick Rice-Lamb narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Slating of Yanick Rice-Lamb's interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Yanick Rice-Lamb lists her favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her mother's family background and life in Haiti pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her mother's family background and life in Haiti pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her father's educational background and teaching career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about growing up in a Haitian household in a diverse neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her family's religious background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Yanick Rice-Lamb briefly talks about going to Catholic schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her family's living near the Akron Zoo in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes her childhood interests, favorite subjects and teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about how her interest in writing was influenced by the comic strip Brenda Starr and others
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about some black journalists that served as role models in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her high school achievements and experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes her experiences at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her mentors at Ohio State University and newspapers she worked for as a student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes her first internship and expectations for black students at Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Yanick Rice-Lamb recounts her experiences as an intern at the 'Reader's Digest' and 'The Times Union'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her experiences as a general assignment reporter at 'The Toledo Blade'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Yanick Rice-Lamb recounts her first day as a reporter for 'The Toledo Blade'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about 'The Toledo Blade' staff and her mentors in Toledo, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about being hired at 'The Atlanta Journal Constitution'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her experiences in Atlanta, Georgia during her time at 'The Atlanta Journal Constitution' in the early 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her experiences at 'The New York Times' and her professional mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about transitioning from newspaper journalism to magazine journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes her most memorable project at 'The New York Times'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about the mentors she had while working at 'The New York Times,' as well as difficult situations she faced at the paper
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Yanick Rice-Lamb discusses her work with 'Child' magazine and the differences between publishing a newspaper and a magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes memorable stories she worked on at 'Child' magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her transition from 'Child' magazine to 'Essence,' and on to 'BET Weekend' in the mid-1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about developing the 'BET Weekend' magazine and her philosophy for magazine production
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about criticism Black Entertainment Television has faced over its programming content
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Yanick Rice-Lamb describes innovative television and print content BET has tried to produce
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her transition from 'BET Weekend' to teaching at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her work with 'Heart and Soul' magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about memorable stories from 'BET Weekend' and 'Heart and Soul' magazines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Yanick Rice-Lamb mentions milestones of her career from 1998 to 2011, including writing her first book
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about writing Born to Win, a biography of Althea Gibson, with Fran Gray
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks Althea Gibson's life and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about writing and promoting her book Rise and Fly
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her Aunt Rose, a relative who influenced her and whom Rice-Lamb wrote about
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about working on her coffee table book, The Spirit of African Design
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about articles she has written on teaching media and the history of newspaper supplements
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her coverage of the 2012 Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her professional association memberships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her personal philosophy on teaching and journalism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Yanick Rice-Lamb reflects upon her career and legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Yanick Rice-Lamb talks about her family and how she would like to be remembered