About Lori L. Tharps

Lori L. Tharps is a content creator who thrives at the intersection of race and pop culture.

An associate professor of journalism at Temple University, Tharps is an award-winning author, journalist, blogger, podcaster and popular speaker.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tharps attended Smith College, where she spent her junior year studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. After graduating from Smith, Tharps spent two years working on Madison Avenue at one of New York City’s top-ten public relations agencies. Quickly realizing she’d never succeed as a PR executive, Tharps entered Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has been writing her way through the world ever since.

Tharps began her journalism career as a staff reporter at Vibe magazine and then a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly. She has written for Ms., GlamourSuedeVogue BlackCaribbean LifeGrid Philadelphia, xoJane.com and Essence magazines. She has also written for The Columbia Journalism Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York TimesThe Root.com and Ebony.com. Her work can also be read in the anthologies, Young Wives Tales: Stories of Love and Partnership (Seal Press), Naked: Black Women Bare All About their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts (Perigee),  and Women: Images & Realities. A Multicultural Anthology (Avalon). Tharps is the award-winning author of three critically acclaimed nonfiction books, Hair Story:Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (St. Martin's) Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Atria), and Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America's Diverse Families (Beacon) She also is the author of the novel, Substitute Me (Atria).

Currently Tharps lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children. She is (almost) fluent in Spanish and can say I love you in seven languages.


Lori L. Tharps

Lori L. Tharps