Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts, American University Bachelor of Arts, Temple University

Miss Lauren Williams, M.A.

Lauren M. Williams, M.A. is a teacher in the School of Communications at Jack Yates High School in Houston, TX.

Ms. Williams, who is professionally known as Bobby Pen, has established space in print, digital, and broadcast journalism over the past decade.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Magazine Writing from Temple University in 2010, and Master’s in Communications, Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in 2013, Ms. Williams established herself professionally by crafting an independent media brand.

Ms. Williams has been documenting Black American lifestyle contributions to entertainment, business, and culture since 2010 as the Founding Editor of the award-winning Lifestyle & Entertainment website Interviews with entertainers, athletes, business moguls and political figures like Angela Bassett, Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, Cardi B, NBA Legend Dirk Nowitzki, Kirk Franklin, and CNN reporter Don Lemon have earned millions of views and viral moments.’s exclusive content has been sourced by The Washington Post, The Source, Baller Alert and earned more than 10 million views on The Shade Room.

Ms. Williams has worked in the newsroom as Radio One Digital Content Director, engineered and produced radio shows on Hot 97, WBLS and WLIB in New York City, and produced season 3 of FOX Corporation's "Fox Soul Black Report" at WJBK in Detroit. In addition to teaching, Ms. Williams is currently a freelance reporter for Diddy’s cable network REVOLT.

Notably, Ms. Williams has contributed to mainstream media companies with television appearances on TMZ, Cheddar News, ESSENCE, BBC NEWS, and ABC 20/20 making “Bobby Pen” a go-to culture commentator.

Contributions to the communities Ms. Williams has served, she has been named “D.C.’s 30 Under 30” Young Professionals, Titan Arts Awards’ “Blogger of the Year,” Deluxe Magazine’s “30 St. Louis Women to Know” and was awarded the Houston’s Mayor Arts Alliance Relief Fund Grant in 2020 and Certificate of Appreciation from The City of Houston in 2023.