Dr. Nsenga Burton

Dr. Nsenga Burton is an award-winning professor, multimedia journalist and blogger, filmmaker and producer. Currently, she serves as editor-at-large for The Root (a Univision company) and contributor to The Grio where she writes media criticism. In 2012, Dr. Burton founded The Burton Wire, an award-winning news blog that covers global news of the African Diaspora. Currently, she serves as Co-Director of the Film and Media Management program at Emory University in the Department of Film and Media Studies where she teaches courses on Hollywood entertainment industries, content creation and special topics like Reality Television and Hip-Hop Cinema.

In addition to her work as a journalist and professor, Dr. Burton is a leader in the field of technology and diversity, recently completing her term as Executive Director of the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs. She is also leads a new media and technology consulting firm, The Burton Wire Media Group. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee, the National Communication Association, NU Council of 100, American Studies Association and the African American Film Critics Association. Dr. Burton is the current chair of the Atlanta Youth Commission Board.

A former cultural critic for Creative Loafing, Nsenga serves as an expert commentator on radio, television and new media platforms including GPB, WABE-FM, WUGA-FM, WURD-AM Philadelphia, WEAA-FM Baltimore, WVON-FM Chicago, KPCC Los Angeles, WHUR-FM Washington, DC, WYPR-FM Baltimore, WFAE-AM Charlotte, WBFF-TV Fox News Baltimore, WSOC-TV Baltimore, WCCB-TV Charlotte, CCTV and ARISE TV (online), and HuffPost Live.

Dr. Burton is the winner of NABJ’s 2013 Ray Taliaferro Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was a Scripps-Howard Fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. News One named The Burton Wire one of the top 15 black blogs in the country and Dr. Burton has been a scholar-in-residence at New York University. An activist scholar, her latest book, Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength & Vulnerability is currently out on SUNY Press. She served as co-editor of the book and wrote a chapter entitled, “The Representation of Black Women’s Mental Illness on Being Mary Jane and How to Get Away with Murder.” Additional academic publications include “Mad Men: Draper, Double Consciousness and The Invisibility of Blackness,” in The Universe is Indifferent: Theology, Philosophy and Mad Men, eds. Ann Duncan and Jacob Goodson, Cascade Press, 2016 and “South African Soap Operas: A Rainbow Nation Realized?” appears in the anthology, Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences, edited by Beretta E. Smith-Shomade. Nsenga is currently writing a book on race and reality television and an essay on the pedagogy of filmmaker Marlon Riggs for an anthology on documentary, blackness and NMAAHC.

Dr. Burton holds degrees in media studies and production from Northwestern University (B.S. Radio/TV/Film), New York University (M.A. Cinema Studies), University of Pennsylvania (M.A. Communication) and the University of Southern California (Ph.D. Critical Studies in Film and Television). She currently resides in Atlanta with her daughter Kai and fur-son Mr. Miyagi. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual or @TheBurtonWire.