Michele Wallace


Michele Wallace was born in Harlem, New York, United States on January 4th, 1952 and is the Novelist. At the age of 72, Michele Wallace biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 4, 1952
United States
Place of Birth
Harlem, New York, United States
72 years old
Zodiac Sign
Feminist, Writer
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Michele Wallace Life

Michele Faith Wallace, a black feminist writer, cultural critic, and the niece of artist Faith Ringgold was born on January 4, 1952.

She is best known for her 1979 book Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman.

Wallace's books on literature, art, film, and popular culture have been widely circulated, making her a leader of African-American intellectuals.

She is a Professor of English at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Early life

Michele Faith Wallace was born in Harlem, New York, on January 4, 1952. Barbara, Sherry and her younger sister Barbara grew up in a middle-class family. Faith Ringgold, a teacher and college lecturer before becoming a well-known artist, was her mother. Robert Earl Wallace, her father, was a classical and jazz pianist. After four years of marriage, her parents divorced. Michele and Barbara Wallace were raised in Harlem's exclusive Sugar Hill neighborhood by their mother and stepfather Burdette "Birdie" Ringgold. Wallace spent summers at camp or in Europe as a youth. She attended elementary school at Our Savior Lutheran Church before heading to the progressive New Lincoln School, where David Rieff and Shari Belafonte were among her classmates. Wallace cites her stay in New Lincoln as one of her first encounters with radical politics.

Wallace graduated from high school in 1969 and enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C., for the fall of the same year. She stayed at Howard for a semester before returning to Harlem. She began organizing with her mother around anti-war, anti-imperialist art movements of the day, and attended night school at the City College of New York in 1970. During this period, she and her mother founded Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation (WSABAL), an organization that called for the recognition of women of color in the art world. Faith Ringgold, Margaret Sloan-Hunter, and other influential black feminist campaigners co-founded the National Black Feminist Organisation in 1973. Wallace received her B.A. In 1974, City College's English and Creative Writing program was a degree.


Michele Wallace Career


Wallace worked as a book review researcher at Newsweek from 1974 to 1975. Wallace contributed to Ms. magazine from time to time during this period. She met Ross Wetzsteon and Karen Durbin of The Village Voice in 1974 and began writing for the publication on black feminism, her upbringing in Harlem in the 1950s and 1960s, and her place in the black middle-class educated elite. Wallace's columns in The Voice earned her her reputation as a black feminist in New York.

After receiving an advance on a book draft that would eventually become Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman, she resigned from her position at Newsweek in 1975. She spent the next two years writing and editing this book. Wallace took up teaching at New York University in 1976, later becoming an assistant professor of English at a time when low on funds. In 1979, Dial Press published Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman. In 1983, Wallace became Essence magazine's Editor at Large. She worked with The Village Voice from 1995 to 1996.

Wallace now works at the City College of New York and the City University of New York's Graduate Center. (CUNY) In comparison to her B.A., she earned a B.A. She holds a M.A. in English and Creative Writing. A degree in English from City College (1990) and a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University (1999). She has worked at many universities, including Rutgers University and Cornell University. Her writing has appeared in many well-known anthologies, including All the Blacks Are Men (1981, co-edited by Akasha George Hull, Patricia Bell-Scott, and Barbara Smith), Reading Black, Reading Feminist (1990, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), and Daughters of Africa (1992, edited by Margaret Busby).


Michele Wallace Awards

Awards and fellowships

  • "Modernism, Postmodernism and The Problem of The Visual in Afro-American Culture," PSC-CUNY Creative Incentive Award, University Committee on Research, City University of New York (1991)
  • "The Problem of The Visual in Afro-American Film," Eisner Fellowship, City College of New York (1991)
  • Artists' Fellowship: Nonfiction Literature, New York Foundation for the Arts (1991)
  • "The Problem of The Visual in African-American Film," Eisner Fellowship, City College of New York (1993)
  • The Blanche, Edith and Irving Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women's Studies at Douglass College, Rutgers University (1996–1997)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award of Journalism Alumni, City College of New York (2008)