African American Communication and Culture Division

Interest Group Awards

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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NCA National Award:

Orlando L. Taylor Distinguished Scholarship Award in Africana Communication

Lifetime Service Award

Year Award Winner
2022 Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, Georgia Southern University

Rex Crawley Outstanding Service Award

Year Award Winner
2022 Dr. Sharnine Herbert, Shippensburg University

Outstanding Research Article Award

Year Award Winner
2022 No Award Given
2021 Kimberly P. Johnson, "Must thee Take the Man Exclusively? Jarena Lee and Claiming the Right to Preach,” Jarena Lee and Claiming the Right to Preach Listening, 55(3), 181-194.
2020 Melvin Williams and Matthew Cotton, “Better Than Steph Curry and More Profitable Than LeBron James: An Analysis of LaVar Ball’s Agenda Building of the Ball Brothers,” Journal of Sports Media, 1-2 (14), Spring 2019, pp. 201-232.
2019 Shardé M. Davis (2019). When sistahs support sistahs: A Process Of Supportive Communication About Racial Microaggressions Among Black women. Communication Monographs, 89(2), 133-157.
2018 Amber Johnson "From Motown to Ferguson, the Theatre to the Streets: My Autocritography of Aesthetic Cleansing and Canonical Exception" Qualitative Inquiry, 24(2), 88-100
2016 Alfred L. Martin Jr. (2014) Scripting Black Gayness: Television Authorship in Black-Cast Sitcoms. Television & News Media, 16(7), 648-663.
  Karla D. Scott (2016) Young, Shifting, and Black: Leaving the Language of Home and Back Again - A Cautionary Tale of Crossing Race and Gender Borders. Qualitative Inquiry. 
2015 Annette Madlock Gatison
2014 Angela Cooke Jackson & Marke P. Orbe (2013). Relational, pleasure, and fear-associated aspects of condom use for disease prevention: A qualitative study of high-risk African American men. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 14(1), 62-68
2013 Cerise L. Glenn and Dante L. Johnson (2012).-’What they see as acceptable:’ A co-cultural theoretical analysis of black male students at a predominantly white institution.” The Howard Journal of Communications, 23 351-368.
2012 Eletra Gilchrist-Petty & Sakile K. Camara

Outstanding Book Chapter Award

Year Award Winner
2022 No Award Given
2021 Kimberly P. Johnson , "A Womanist Response to Black Lives Matter and American Nationalism"
2020 Morgan Smalls, "Social TV and Stereotypes: The Social Construction of #BeingMaryJane on Twitter"
2019 Jenny U. Korn (2019). "The President Was Black y’all: Presidential Humor, Neo-racism, and the Social Construction of Blackness and Whiteness. In H. E. Harris (Ed.), Neo-Race realities in the Obama era (pp. 109-130). Albany, NY:SUNY.

Loren Coleman (2018). "Boy Bye": A Textual Analysis of Angela Rye and the Politics of Representation of Black Women in Cable Television News. In C. Murray (Ed.) Leadership through the lens: Interrogating production, presentation, and power (pp. 67-84). Lexington Books.

2016 Cerise L. Glenn (2016). Cocreating Professional Development Opportunities for Moving “Pet” to Peer: Examining Mentoring Experiences for African American Female graduate students Aspiring to become tenure Track Professors. In Keisha Edwards Tassie and Sonja M. Brown Givens (Eds.), Women of Color Navigating Mentoring Relationships: Critical Examinations. Lexington Books.
2014 Amber L. Johnson (November 2013). Negotiating More, (Mis)Labeling the Body: A Tale of Intersectionality.” In R. Boylorn & M. Orbe (Eds.), Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press
2013 Shanara Reid-Brinkley (2012). Mammies and Matriarchs: Feminine Style and Signifyin(g) in Carol Moseley Braun’s 2003-2004 Campaign for the Presidency. In Karma R. Chávez and Cindy L. Griffin (Eds.), Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies. SUNY Press, 2012
2012 Nickesia Gordon

Outstanding Book Award*

Year Award Winner
2022 No Award Given
2021 Andre E. Johnson, No Future in this Country (University Press of Mississippi, 2020)
2019 Amanda Nell Edgar & André E. Johnson, The struggle over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter (Lexington Books, 2018)
2016 Annette D. Madlock Gatison, Health Communication & Breast Cancer Among Black Women: Culture, Identity, Spirituality, and Strength (Lexington Books, 2016)
2015 Aisha S. Durham, Home with Hip Hop Feminism (Peter Lang, 2014)
2013 Andre E. Johnson, The Forgotten Prophet: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the African American Prophetic Tradition (Lexington Books, 2012)
2012 Maurice Hall & Kamille Gentles-Peart, Re-Constructing Place and Space: Media, Power, Discourse and the Constitution of Caribbean Diasporas (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)

Outstanding Dissertation Award*

Year Award Winner
2022 No Award Given
2021 No Award Given
2020 Dr. Keven Rudrow, Resistive Black Masculinities: Race, Masculinity, and the Hip-Hop Sensibilities of Black Popular Culture 
2019 No awards given this year
2018 Deion Hawkins, "I thought I was going to die. All I could do was turn on my camera and pray': Trauma and Communication Surrounding Police Brutality in the Black Community"
2017 No awards given this year
2016 Ashley Renée Hall, “Theorizing Rival Rhetorics of Black Maternities: Imagining (Re)Productive Life in Social Death”
2015 Marcus K. Hassell
2014 Uchenna A. Onuzulike “Ethnic and Transnational Identities in the Diaspora: A Phenomenological Study of Second-Generation Igbo-American Young Adults”
2013 No awards given this year
2012 Christopher House

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2022 No Award Given
2021 Niya Pickett Miller & Gheni Platenburg, "Lizzo’s Black, Female, and Fat Resistance."
2020 Nickesia Gordon, "Discourses of Consumption: Representation of the Black Female Body as Food in Hip-Hop and R&B Songs Over the Past Twenty Years"
2019 Felecia J. Ross & Susan L. Kline, "Contextualizing The Black Church: Analysis Of Newspaper Coverage In The Obama-Wright Controversy"
2015 Susan L. Kline & Tiffany White, “How do We Talk about Colorism? The Effect of Racial Micro-aggression Acts on Online Discussions of Colorism”
  Roger Davis Gatchet & Stephen A. King “Music and Public Memory: Transcending the Past at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center”
2014 J.W. Smith & Sidi Becar Meyara, “Reclaiming Our Past: The Significance of the African Renaissance in the Development of African American Rhetorical Theory”
2012 Kimberly Johnson, “The Traditional Communalism of Womanist Preaching”

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2022 No Award Given
2021 Shelby Shackelford, "The Rhetoric of the Double-Voiced: Strategic Ambiguity in the Silent Protest Parade"
2020 Lionnell “Badu” Smith, Ask Me Who I Am': A Critical Autoethnography of My Black Identity Through Killmonger's Black Bodied Performances
2015 Eric Holland “The African American Monomyth: A Mythic Criticism of Black Heroic Figures in American Cinema”
  Kate Miltner “’One part politics, one part technology, one part history’: The Construction of Race in the Unicode 7.0 Emoji Set”

*Please note: the Outstanding Book Award and Outstanding Dissertation Award alternate each year, which means the board will accept book nominations for the 2021 NCA conference, dissertation award nominations for the 2022 NCA conference, and so forth.