Professor Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, a special correspondent for BET News, as well as the Editor-at-Large at ELLE.com. As both a scholar and journalist, Melissa is recognized for her commentary on issues of race and gender in politics as well as pop culture. She is the author of two award-winning books, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. At Wake Forest, Melissa is the founding director the Anna Julia Cooper Center, which aims to advance intersectional research on race, gender, and place. She has formerly served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University, and was the host of the MSNBC show "Melissa Harris-Perry" from 2012 to 2016.