Felicia Pride

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Felicia Pride
Felicia Pride
Born 1979
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation Writer, screenwriter, filmmaker
Nationality American
Education Master of Arts
Alma mater Towson University
Emerson College
Genre Creative nonfiction, hip-hop, African-American literature, Young adult literature
Notable works The Message: Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs, Patterson Heights
Years active 2001-present
Official website

Felicia Pride (born 1979) is an American author, screenwriter, and producer based in Los Angeles, California.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Pride was born in 1979, in Baltimore, Maryland. Her family moved to West Orange, New Jersey when she was young. She lived there until the age of eleven before returning to Baltimore to complete middle and high school.[3] She attended Towson University where she studied marketing. Pride received her master's degree in writing and publishing from Emerson College in 2005.[4]


Pride began her writing career in 2001, writing for the community newspaper Black Reign News based in Staten Island, New York. Over the period of 15 years, Pride has authored seven books. Her motivational book of essays, The Message: Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs was published in 2007. The book has been used as a teaching tool to engage students in classrooms across the country and was re-issued by NBCUniversal.[5][6][7][8] Her young adult novel, Patterson Heights was a 2010 American Library Association Pick for Reluctant Readers.[9]

Pride was selected as a Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow in 2016.[10] She was the writer and producer of the short film The End Again, which starred Columbus Short, and was covered in the press by outlets such as Indiewire, The Root, Okayplayer, and Huffington Post.

Presentations and appearances[edit]

Felicia Pride has given presentation at numerous universities, conferences, and literary events such as TEDx, SXSW, Confab, AFI DOCS, Film Independent Forum, Brooklyn Book Festival, Baltimore Book Festival, New York University, and Emerson College.[11][12][13][14]



  • The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs (2007)
  • Hallway Diaries (2007)
  • Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates First Girlfriends (2007)
  • Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates School Politics (2008)
  • Patterson Heights (2009)
  • To Create: Black Writers, Filmmakers, Storytellers, Artists and Media Makers Riff on Art, Careers, Life, and the Beautiful Mess in Between (2012)
  • The Message: Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs (reissued; 2012)
  • The Educator's Guide to The Message: A Digital Companion (2012)


  • OpenEnded (In Development)
  • The End Again (2014)

Short fiction[edit]

  • It’s All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates Family and Friends edited by Marita Golden (2009)

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2016 Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow [15]
  • 2013 Writers in School Resident for the PEN/Faulkner Foundation [16]
  • 2013 Media Fellow at the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University [17]
  • 2010 American Library Association Reluctant Reader Pick (Patterson Heights) [18]


  1. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 6, 2015). "Film Independent Unveils Screenwriting Lab Slate, Names Fellowship Recipient". Deadline. 
  2. ^ "Felicia Pride IMDB page". IMDB. IMDB. 
  3. ^ "Felicia Pride encourages students at her alma mater to #BeTheDream". Storify. Storify. 
  4. ^ "Felicia Pride | Emerson College". Emerson.edu. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ "The Message: Life Lessons From Hip Hop's Greatest Songs Focuses On Rap Messages For Youth". Hip-Hop Wired. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  6. ^ Marco R. della Cava, USA TODAY (2008-01-14). "Read between the lyrics of these pop hits - USATODAY.com". Usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  7. ^ Pride, Felicia (2012-10-08). "The Educators’ Guide to The Message". NBC Publishing. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Getting 'The Message' from Hip-Hop Lyrics". NPR. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  9. ^ "2010 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers". American Library Association. Young Adult Library Services Association. 
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 6, 2015). "Film Independent Unveils Screenwriting Lab Slate, Names Fellowship Recipient". Deadline. 
  11. ^ Gibbs, Etienne A. (2008-03-19). "Maximizing Your Potential: Meet Felicia Pride: Author, Speaker, and Literacy Advocate". Maximizingyourpotential.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  12. ^ "diydays". Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ Bloomstein, Margot. "Confab Events". Confab Events. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  14. ^ "Tour". felicia pride. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  15. ^ Film Independent Unveils Screenwriting Lab Slate, Names Fellowship Recipient
  16. ^ Felicia Pride- Pen/Faulkner Foundation
  17. ^ Speaker Bios Stem+Woman
  18. ^ 2010 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

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