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Lawrence Ross

Lawrence C. Ross Jr. ( born on February 20, 1966) is an author of historical texts and fiction.[2] He was born in Los Angeles, California and attended Loyola High School and then University of California, Berkeley and UCLA, where he earned a degree in History. Ross worked as a reporter, for the Los Angeles Independent Newspaper and was appointed managing editor of Rap Sheet magazine, hip hop's first West Coast magazine in 1997.



According to his LinkedIn profile and other sources on the internet it states that he attended UC Berkeley. He also received his BA in History from UCLA. 

Ross has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, in screenwriting.

He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha



Over the years, Ross has written commentaries for The Root, The Grio and CNN about African American fraternal life and education.[4]



In 1997, Ross, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, began writing The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities (ISBN 0758202709).[3] The Divine Nine was the first book written that covered the members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The book has appeared on the bestseller lists of the Los Angeles Times, Essence and Blackboard magazine. As a result of Ross' Divine Nine, he toured the campus lecture circuit. In the past ten years, Ross has lectured at over 300 colleges and universities, on the topics of the NPHC and hazing and how black fraternity and sorority members can fulfill their promise.

In 2001, Ross' second book, The Ways of Black Folks: A Year in the Life of a People,[5] was published. In it, Ross chronicles the stories of black people from throughout the African diaspora. It was selected as a "Fall Must Read", by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Ross' third book and fiction debut, Friends With Benefits,[6] was chosen as a main selection, by Doubleday's Black Expressions Book Club.

In October 2007, his fourth book, Skin Game,[7] was published by Kensington Books. In September 2007, his fifth book, Money Shot: The Wild Nights and Lonely Days in Black Porn,[8] was published by Thunder's Mouth Press. Money Shot was the first book written about the black adult industry. In February 2016, St. Martin's Press will publish his sixth book, . In Blackballed, Ross writes about racial and racist incidents on US college campuses.


Appearances and Interviews

Ross has appeared as a guest on television shows, such as National Public Radio and Good Morning Atlanta. He has been interviewed in Ebony, Savoy, Essence and Newsweek magazines, the Los Angeles Times, and The Times.