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Recent Publications

"Prince: Introduction of a New Breed Leader." Prince in Popular Music: Critical Perspectives. London.  Bloomsbury Academic. (June 2020).

"The Legacy of a Legend: Celebrating Thea Nerissa Barnes' Contribution to Dance." The One Dance UK Magazine Autumn 2019.

Cummings, Kamilah and Akosua Boakye BEM. "Thea Nerissa Barnes." HOTFOOT Spring 2019: 12-17. Online Magazine. <>.

"Obituary: Thea Barnes – ‘Truly beautiful and expressive dancer’." The Stage. 21 February 2019: 41. Newspaper. <>.


Navarre Cleary, Michelle, et al. “Not for the Kids: Writing Support that Works for Adult Learners.” The City University of New York Basic Writing e-Journal (2018.).


"Sisters in the Shadows: An Examination of Prince’s “Strange Relationship” with Black Women." Howard University Journal of Communications Special Issue: Prince in/as Blackness: Explorations of a Music Icon and Racial Politics (2018). Journal. DOI: 10.1080/10646175.2018.1541768


Hayes, Nicholas Alexander, Steffanie Triller Fry and Kamilah Cummings, (2018) "Designing a Writing Program for non-traditional adult students: a case study (HETL Scotland 2017)", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 10 Issue: 2, pp.130-139.


SNL Writing News Blog (2013 – 2017). DePaul University School for New Learning.


Thinking Critically about Jonestown. 15 October 2014. Article. <>.



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Presenting at Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince at The University of Salford in Manchester, England. It was a personal and professional highlight to present among so many esteemed scholars from around the world at the first academic conference on Prince.

Recent Presentations & Media

The Woodstock of House [Motion Picture]. Smith, S., & Wimberly, R. F. (Directors). (2021).

"Purple, Lace & Race: Prince and the Art of Protest." The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference. Pop Conference.

"A Tale of Two Princes: Diamonds & Pearls and the Myth of Colorblindness in the Work of Prince.” 1plus1plus1is3 Symposium. 27, March 2021. Virtual.

"Prince, Black Exceptionalism and the Myth of the Magical Negro." Muse 2 The Pharoah Podcast. 28, October 2020.


"Sistas in the Temple: Exploring the Presence of Black Women in the Life and Art of Prince.” DM40/GB30 Symposium. 13, June 2020. Virtual. 


"One that Deserves a Copy Made: Prince and ‘NewBlack’ Masculinty in 1989.” Batdance 30 Symposium. 30, March 2019. Spelman College, Atlanta, GA.


"A Woman Named Cat." Eye No: Prince Lovesexy Symposium. 2, June 2018. New York University, Brooklyn, NY.


"Robert Williams: Patriarch of House Music and EDM." Black Portraiture[s] IV: The Color of Silence. 23, March

2018. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.


Co-Presenter. "Designing a Writing Program that Meets the Needs of the Adult Student." International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference. 28, July 2017.

University of West Scotland, Paisley, Scotland.


"Prince: Introduction of a New Breed Leader." Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince. 26, May 2017.  University of Salford, Manchester, UK.


Co-Presenter. "Authentic Learning Through Reflective Writing." DePaul University Teaching and Learning Conference. 5, May 2017.  DePaul University, Chicago, IL.


“Listening to be Heard.” Teaching in Situ: Sustaining Post-Traditional Student Voices In and Out of the Chicago Writing Classroom, Conference of Community Writing. 17 October 2015. University of Boulder, Boulder, CO.


“Doing Language.” SNL Quick Colloquia. February 2014. DePaul University, Chicago, IL.


“Connecting the Dots with Screencasts.” SNL Quick Colloquia. October 2013. DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

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