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Patrice Peck is an award-winning writer and interdisciplinary artist fueled by conscious creativity and compulsive curiosity. Her work centers Black girls and women by amplifying underreported stories, conversations, and ideas at the intersection of race, culture, and identity. 

During her decade-plus journalism career, Patrice has been a reporter, editor, columnist, critic, podcast host, show host, producer, and director. As a journalist, she works to diversify news, culture, and arts coverage and create a more inclusive, empowering mainstream media landscape for marginalized identities and communities. Her coverage spans across every vertical, including film and television, health, politics, beauty, and sports, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Essence, ELLE, MSNBC, Businessweek, and beyond. She has also spoken about her stories on-camera and for radio on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, BBC News, AlJazeera, WNYC and more.

In April 2020, she launched the newsletter Coronavirus News for Black Folks for her friends and family, knowing the then-emerging pandemic would disproportionately impact Black communities. The newsletter took off through word-of-mouth and, within a few weeks, was spotlighted by Wired Magazine, Nieman Journalism Lab, CBS News, and The Root, among other outlets. For her work on interrogating racial inequities throughout the pandemic and Black Lives Matter uprising, she was recognized alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci, Al Gore, Ava DuVernay, and Swizz Beatz on WIRED25, an annual list highlighting people who are making the world a better place. In 2023, Patrice pivoted the newsletter’s focus and name, rebranding as The Wakeful to share the latest news about Black girls and women worldwide.

Patrice's diverse artistic background, spanning curation, performance art, dance, collage, and photography, tackles the complex representation sand perceptions of Black girls and women in media and fosters audience engagement and inclusion. In her ongoing performance art series,  "Feeling Myself: an unapologetic exercise in vanity and conceit," she invites non-Black women strangers to join her as she celebrates and adorns herself in public spaces, aiming to destigmatize Black women embracing self-pride, self-confidence, and self-love. Her works have been showcased in esteemed galleries like Kleine Humboldt Galerie in Berlin, Germany, and she has collaborated with leading art advisory firm Clark Priftis Art on exhibition catalogues.

Patrice has a bachelor's degree with honors in English and Black Studies from Amherst College, a master's degree in journalism from NYU, where she received the Maria Bartiromo fellowship. She lives and works in the creative hubs of Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

preferred pronouns: she/her

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