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Elizabeth Méndez Berry is an award-winning journalist who writes about culture, gender, criminal justice and politics. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Vibe, Latina, the Nation and Time. "Love Hurts," her landmark investigative article on domestic violence in the hip hop industry, won ASCAP's 2006 Deems Taylor award for music reporting. The article was also included in Da Capo's Best Music Writing anthology, as was her essay on Jay-Z's premature retirement, "The Last Hustle."

In 2008, she won the Columbia Journalism School's Hechinger award for best education coverage for her chronicle of  the death of a Bronx high school. In his book “Decoded,” Jay-Z cited one of her critical essays as inspiring his lines “I’m like Che Guevara with bling on, I'm complex/ I never claimed to have wings on” from The Black Album. In September 2010, a Spanish-language oped she authored for New York's El Diario newspaper sparked the country's first ever public hearing on street harassment of women and girls.

Méndez Berry has been interviewed about music and culture by NPR, NBC, CBC, Univision, CNN en español, and many more. Her writing has been included on syllabi at Brown and Columbia, and has been cited in many books and articles. She has lectured at Princeton, Duke University, Texas A&M, Fordham and Hunter College. She is an adjunct professor at NYU's Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, where she teaches music journalism, and is also a panelist on the Rap Sessions lecture tour. She has a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto and a masters in journalism from Columbia University.

   
       
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