We’re deep in the midst of judging! The submission period for the 2016 Colorism Healing Poetry Contest officially closed on April 30th. Thank you to all who participated or supported the contest in any way. Now our team of judges will review all entries to decide which ones will receive top prizes. We anticipate announcing the winners at the end of May or early June. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about our honored judges, our generous sponsors, and interesting facts about this year’s contest.

Judge Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder

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Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology & Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations (SRER) at the University of North Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. She writes, researches, and lectures on the contemporary experience of black Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities. Dr. Wilder is a distinguished expert and scholar of colorism in black American society. She is the recipient of many research and teaching awards, and has been featured in local and national media including Black Enterprise, National Public Radio, Nightline, 20/20, and the New York Times. Dr. Wilder recently published the book Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century (2015). JeffriAnne was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. You can learn more about Dr. Wilder on her website and follow her on Twitter @JeffriAnneW.

Judge Kiara Lee

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Kiara Lee is a writer, activist and PhD student, studying education. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has been doing work with colorism since 2010. This work includes her children’s book “Light-Skinned, Dark-Skinned or In-Between?” and her amateur documentary of the same name, “Under the Rug,” a play about the perpetuation of colorism in the black family and numerous speeches, appearances and other publications. She also has a children’s book surrounding the effects of parental incarceration titled “Be a Man Tyrone: What Happens When Daddy Goes to Prison.” Kiara is also the founder of #SCHOOLGIRLHUSTLE, a clothing line and a movement to empower girls and women in school and to support the schoolgirl and her hustle. Check out #SCHOOLGIRLHUSTLE on Instagram (@schoolgirlhustle) and online (schoolgirlhustle.com). To read her blog, THEBLACKERTHEBERRY, and check out her books, go to the blackertheberry.org.

Thanks to our sponsors!

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2016 CHPC Quick Facts

  • This year we received just over 300 entries, including international submissions.
  • Contestants from the U.S. represent 36 states.
  • The states with the largest number of contestants are California (12.9%), Texas (9.9%), New York (9.6%), and Florida (9.2%).
  • Our biggest division is Division 2- ages 12-19, representing nearly 85% of all entries.
  • All contestants represent diverse languages and ethnicities.

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