Dr. Moe Anderson
|Monica Frazier Anderson|
|Born||October 16, 1962
|Alma mater||Baylor University, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry|
|Occupation||Writer, Dentist, Speaker|
Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. Her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when she was three-years-old. Upon graduation from O.D. Wyatt High School, she attended Baylor University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1984. A classmate at Baylor gave her the nickname “Moe” because he could not remember her preferred pronunciation of mo-nee-ka. While at Baylor, she followed in the legacy of her paternal grandmother and mother by becoming a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. She then entered dental school graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1988 with a doctorate in dental surgery. Friends began calling her “Dr. Moe.”
Adulthood and Career
Anderson became an associate at a dental practice in Minnetonka, Minnesota, in 1988. The following year she was hired to write a column for a sports magazine, the Minnesota Viking Update. Her first book, Black English Vernacular: From Ain’t to Yo Mama, a dictionary of African American Vernacular English, was published by Rainbow Books in 1994. She was a weekly columnist for the Star-Telegram, a major daily newspaper in Texas from 1996-2004. Her second book, Mom, Are We There Yet?, is a collection of several of those columns. Her exposure as a journalist led to an opportunity to host a cable television program, Perpetual Moe-tion, for AT&T. and launched her professional speaking career.
She formed a publishing company, TyMAC Books, and published When A Sistah’s FED UP in 2005  which became an Essence Magazine and Dallas Morning News bestseller. Her next novel, I Stand Accused, made the Dallas Morning News bestseller list shortly after publication in 2007. Her third novel and fifth book, Sinphony, was published in 2011.
Honors and awards
Anderson has been honored by civic groups, government agencies and educational institutions. She was presented the “Distinguished Alumni” award by the Fort Worth Independent School District in 1995. She was a nominee for the “Texas Trailblazer Award” in 1998. In 1999, the staff of the Fort Worth Weekly named her “The Best Columnist in Tarrant County.” She also received the Millennium Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare” from Altrusa International, Inc in 2001. That same year, she was presented the “Outstanding Young Alumni Award” by Baylor University. In 2010, Anderson founded Austin Black Newcomers Association to encourage community service and engagement for new residents of Austin, Texas. In recognition of her long history of volunteerism, the Texas House of Representatives presented Anderson with the 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Outstanding Community Volunteer award at the legislators' annual conference.
Books by Monica F. Anderson
- Black English Vernacular: From Ain’t to Yo Mama (1994)
- Mom, Are We There Yet? (2000)
- When A Sistah’s Fed UP (2005)
- I Stand Accused (2007)
- Sinphony (2011)
- Kente Cloth: Southwest Voices of the African Diaspora (1995)
- Kente Cloth: African American Voices In Texas (1997)
- Misadventures of Moms and Disasters of Dads (2004)
- Harrison, Lullelia W. (1998). Torchbearers Of A Legacy: A History of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Washington, D.C.: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, p. 306.
- “Viking’s Wife”, Star Tribune Sunday Magazine, December 3, 1989, p. 7.
- "Hometown Authors”, Fort Worth Black News, August 2000, p.5
- “Author juggles careers”, Arlington Morning News, July 30, 2000, p. 6B.
- “Residents Get A Shot At Hometown Stardom”, Star-Telegram, April 17, 2000, p. 1B.
- Press Release - Secrets, Lies, and Politics Collides in Monica Frazier Anderson's New Novel, When a Sistah's Fed Up
- Bestsellers Books List, Essence Magazine, May 2006.
- By the numbers, Dallas Morning News, November 27, 2006
- I Stand Accused Press Release
- Eye of the Cougar, Nine to Five Australia, April 5, 2010, Issue 1099, p. 12.
- “Monica Frazier Anderson. The Dentist” Fort Worth Black News May 1998, p. 5
- “Best Newspaper Columnist” FW Weekly (Fort Worth) September 16–23, 1999, p. 8
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