CANDICE MARIE BENBOW

Candice Benbow is a writer and educator. She has appeared on Huff Post Live and is a columnist with Urban Cusp Magazine. In addition to her own blog, her work has appeared in ShePreaches Magazine, Ebony.com, For Harriet and Patheos.

Candice is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Africana Studies (2005). She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina Central University (2009) and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School (2015). Currently, she is a doctoral student in Religion and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her work lies at the intersections of Black feminist theory, womanist theology and doctrines of creation.

A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Candice is unapologetic about the flourishing of Black Girl Magic. In 2015, she created "Red Lip Theology", a movement to encourage young Black Christian women to embrace their whole selves as good creation. Candice believes in the power of social and alternative media as spaces for healing and transformation. In February 2011, Candice launched "Divine Dialogue", a podcast dedicated to discussing social and religious issues affecting the African-American Community. In its second season, Divine Dialogue reached over 25,000 listens. In October 2014, she launched “Divine Dialogue Live Conversations” with a virtual vigil for Black girls and women, to bring awareness to the violence they face daily.

As a public educator, Candice cares about bridging the academy and community through digital projects, including social syllabi. In May 2016, following the release of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade, Candice created the #LemonadeSyllabus hashtag and social media campaign. With contributions from over 70 Black women, Candice released the syllabus as a free downloadable resource of over 250 works centered around the lives of Black women. Within the first week, it was downloaded over 40,000 times. In February 2017, Candice collaborated with The Elle.com Media Scholars at the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, to create the A Seat at the Table Syllabus (#SeatSyllabus) in response to Solange Knowles’ powerful album of the same name. The syllabus centered the voices of young women of color between the ages of 16 and 30. Currently, Candice is accepting submissions for the Moonlight Syllabus (#MoonlightSyllabus) from Black boys and men. Inspired by the groundbreaking and award winning film, the syllabus will center the voices and experiences of socially marginalized Black boys and men and feature works that reflect a healthy and more inclusive understanding of Black masculinity. It is slated for an April 2017 release.

Candice considers herself a displaced Southerner living in New Jersey with her dog, Langston.