Upon graduating from Howard
University with a degree in International Business, Lori Nelson Lee created the characters Hillary and Chef (modeled
after Lori and her younger brother), then collaborated with
award-winning illustrator, Jerry Craft to help bring the characters to
life. Three years later, Lori finally released Hillary's Big Business Adventure,
which introduces the concept of entrepreneurship to young kids. Lori's
book was eventually added to classrooms and library’s in elementary
schools in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio among others. Her
book has appeared in/on Publisher's Weekly (Independent Publishing Edition), Baker & Taylor’s Books For Growing Minds, The 10! Show (NBC), CBN News (CBN), Speak Up! (CW), Eyewitness News (CBS), The Coffee Shop (ABC), Fox News (Fox), and featured (3 times) at the Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion.
Lori is also a screenwriter and filmmaker who won a spot as a finalist in the 2008 Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship Lab competition and her short film Two Weeks won the 2009 Allstate Insurance Be Reel Community Voice Film competition (optioned by Burrell Communications for The Root). Lori's short films Two Weeks, When Life Gives You Shoestrings, and Unraveled have been winners and finalists in several film competitions, nationally. She also directed music videos (What's Missin', It's About Time and Pro Bono) for hip-hop artist and husband, Tracey Lee. Her productions have included appearances by Chubb Rock (Hip-Hop Artist), Eric Roberson (Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer/Songwriter), 9th Wonder (Grammy-Nominated Producer), DJ Young Guru (Tour DJ & Engineer for Jay-Z), and actors Omari Hardwick, Dorian Missick, and Cory Hardrict.
Lori received her Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Maryland University College, and is a member of the Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS). Lori is preparing to release her new book, Danica Dramatica: Queen Me and is working on her first documentary film project.