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MSNBC Host Melissa Harris Perry » All Your Kids Belong To Us [Melissa Harris-Perry]

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Melissa Harris-Perry Born Melissa Victoria Harris October 2, 1973 (age 40) Seattle, Washington, U.S. Residence New Orleans, Louisiana Education Wake Forest University (B.A.) Duke University (Ph.D.) Occupation Professor, author Religion Unitarian Universalist Spouse(s) Dennis Lacewell (1999--2005) James Perry (2010--present) Children One daughter Parents William M. Harris Sr. Diana Gray Website Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry (born October 2, 1973; formerly known as Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell) is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. Harris-Perry hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC. She is also a regular fill-in host on The Rachel Maddow Show as well as a professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. Prior to this, she taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago. She is also a regular columnist for the magazine The Nation, and the author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Life and career Harris-Perry was born in Seattle but grew up in the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia attending Thomas Dale High School. Her father was the first dean of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia.[1] Her mother, Diana Gray, who is white, taught at a community college and was working on her doctorate when they met. She went on to work for nonprofit organizations that provided such services as day-care centers, health care for people in rural communities and access to reproductive care for poor women.[2] Harris-Perry graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor's degree in English and received a PhD in political science from Duke University. She also received an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School and studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.[3][4] Harris-Perry was associate professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and left in 2011 after being denied a full professorship because of "questions about her work and an assessment of where she is" in her career.[5] Currently she is Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. MSNBC announced on January 5, 2012 that Harris-Perry would host her own weekend show, which began airing on February 18, 2012.[6] Harris-Perry has been both lauded and criticized by numerous political commentators for statements she has made on her program—including those related to collective parenting, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and abortion.[7][8][9] Harris-Perry apologized for a "photos of the year" segment that aired on her program on December 28, 2013. Harris-Perry and a panel of comedians had made several jokes about a family picture featuring former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's family, including his adopted black grandson.[10][11][12][13]