BEAUTIFUL BLACK Michaela Angela Davis is a respected writer and critic of fashion and urban style, the politics of black womanhood, and hip hop culture. Ms. Davis is probably best known for her work at Essence, Vibe and Honey Magazines.
Ms. Davis is an army brat who was born in Germany, raised in Washington, D.C. and currently resides in New York City. Beginning at an early age, Ms. Davis has always been a student of the arts, especially acting. She began her studies at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a National Arts Scholar, then moved on to New York University, Stella Adler Acting Conservatory, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Davis went to work for Essence as an associate fashion editor. Her first assignment was the styling of Anita Hill.
Ms. Davis would eventually leave Essence to serve as fashion director for the newly formed Vibe Magazine. While there, Ms. Davis would style entertainment icons, such as Oprah Winfrey, Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Prince, and countless others. She would also lend her talents to various publications, including Vanity Fair and EW. After Vibe, Ms. Davis served as Fashion Director and Editor-In-Chief for Honey Magazine.
In addition to her fashion and styling talents, Ms. Davis also penned numerous opinion pieces for a wide variety of books and international magazines, most notably Everything But The Burden: what white people are taking from black culture and Beloved Baby. Ms. Davis is also a frequent commentator for various entertainment and news shows on MTV, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, BET, VH1, and E! Entertainment.
These days, you can catch Ms. Davis putting in work on her multimedia project Urbanista, serving on the boards of Black Girls Rock!, Image Nation and Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, and hosting her monthly mentoring program Salon de Shine.
Ms. Davis resides in Brooklyn with her daughter Elenni.