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A power-house panel of Black women in media. Rofhiwa is delighted to host Charity Elder, awarding winning journalist and media executive as she reads and discusses her book Power: The Rise of Black Women in America. Charity is joined by WRAL news anchor and journalist Lora Lavigne and Courtney Napier, writer, journalist, publisher, and liberation coach. 

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About Charity Elder:

Charity C. Elder is an award-winning journalist and media executive with twenty-plus years working and leading in broadcast and digital newsrooms. An adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies, in 2022 Elder published her first book, Power: The Rise Of Black Women In America (Skyhorse/Simon & Schuster). Selected and profiled in 2017 for NYC Media’s Vanguard: Women in Media, in 2016 she was named on Folio magazine’s list of top women in media. In 2020, she served as a senior adviser to the Mike Bloomberg presidential campaign –– advising and strategizing ways to engage the Black community. Prior to joining the Bloomberg campaign, Elder was the Head of Video and Podcasts for Yahoo News, leading an award-winning team of innovative producers redefining news in the era of immersive journalism. She also worked for more than a decade, as a television news producer, at Emmy award winning morning shows at both CBS News and NBC News. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Trinity College and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from New York University.

About Lora Lavigne:

Lora Lavigne is an award-winning journalist. She’s currently a Weekend morning Anchor and Reporter for WRAL-TV, the NBC affiliate, in Raleigh, N.C. She joined the WRAL team in 2020 initially as a reporter based in Durham, N. C. where she has covered city government, crime and highlighted the significant challenges underserved and historically marginalized communities face. She has covered the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 presidential election, George Floyd protests, the national push for racial equality, natural disasters, White House visits from Vice President Kamala Harris and more.

Lora was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B. A. in Mass Communications and a minor in Spanish. She was a collegiate athlete who cheered and danced  for the  university’s football and basketball teams. Lora is also an advocate for Autism Awareness. She has also lobbied for bills passed in Louisiana State Legislature to protect students with disabilities in public schools. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. 


About Courtney Napier:

Courtney Napier is a writer, journalist, publisher, and liberation coach from Raleigh, North Carolina. She has written for national outlets like NewsOne and The Appeal, as well as regional and local publications such as Scalawag Magazine, WALTER Magazine, The Carolinian, and INDY Week. She is also the founder of Black Oak Society, a collective of Black creatives in the greater Raleigh area. Their flagship publication, BOS Magazine, is a literary magazine focused on giving Black Raleigh her flowers now. Finally, Courtney coaches individuals and organizations through workshops, speeches, and facilitated conversations to lead and live in a way that undermines white supremacy and honors the humanity of all people. She loves to love her spouse, David, and their two little humans. 


Power: The Rise of Black Women in America

In POWER: THE RISE OF BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA, award-winning journalist and digital media executive Charity C. Elder posits that there has never been a better time to be a Black woman in the United States.

POWER is an incisive disquisition on Black womanhood weaving theoretical frameworks of history and sociology with poignant interviews, ethnographic observation, and anecdotes gleaned from history, social media, pop culture, and the author’s lived experiences.

Using data, the author substantiates the triumph of Black women. Original analysis of eighty years of US census data, prepared by the University of Minnesota and analyzed by Dr. Constance F. Citro, documents the remarkable ascension of Black women since the early twentieth century. An exclusive national survey conducted in partnership with the Marist Poll in 2021 not only reveals that 70 percent of Black women say they have been successful in life, but also that most believe they have the power to succeed.


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