Lori Nelson Lee is the publisher and author of children’s books that celebrate diversity. Her goal for her company Nelson Publishing, LLC has always been to introduce great stories and fun characters that entertain, educate, and empower all children. Her first published book, The Adventures of Hillary: Hillary’s Big Business Adventure, gained much attention as a book with a powerful female lead that introduces the concepts of entrepreneurship and banking to young kids. The book was added to several elementary classrooms in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio among others. She was also asked to present her book at an event for the historic African-American owned bank, Industrial Bank in Washington, DC.
Her book has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBN, CW, CBS, and FOX, as well as several radio shows. It was also featured several times at the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion in Washington, DC, in Publisher's Weekly (Independent Publishing Edition), and Baker & Taylor’s Books For Growing Minds. In February 2017, her company Nelson Publishing was a featured publisher in the popular Just Like Me© book subscription box for children of color. Since then, Lori has published several additional books, mentored aspiring authors, and ghostwritten stories for busy clients.
Lori's gift for storytelling led her to win a spot as a finalist in a Nickelodeon writing competition, which introduced her to the world of screenwriting and filmmaking. Her second project, a 90 second film competition, won the 2009 Allstate Insurance Be Reel Community Voice Film contest (optioned by Burrell Communications for The Root). Lori's short films have been finalists and winners in several film competitions and her web series The Archives, hosted by hip-hop artist and husband Tracey Lee, included appearances by hip-hop artist Chubb Rock, Grammy nominated producer 9th Wonder, Grammy award-winning engineer DJ Young Guru, and actors Omari Hardwick and Cory Hardrict.
More recently, Lori was the Executive Producer and co-host of the popular hip-hop podcast, Married to Hip Hop (Not The Drama) with Tracey Lee, a show that combined lifestyle topics, social issues, celebrity news, humor, and of course great music. The list of guests included Grammy award-winning producer Deric 'D-Dot' Angelettie, Grammy nominated singer Eric Roberson, actor Dorian Missick, and rapper/lecturer Gabriel Asheru Benn, best known for writing and performing the theme song for the popular TV series, The Boondocks.