Melvina Lathan has pursued a dual career as an artist and as a professional boxing judge. Currently, Melvina Lathan is the Chairperson of the New York State Athletic Commission. Lathan is the first woman and African-American female to hold this title. She has a distinguished career as a professional boxing judge, judging more than 235 fight cards including 82 World Title matches in the United States, Great Britain, South Africa, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Sicily, Argentina, Amsterdam, Poland, Scotland and Hungary. She became the first African American female licensed as a Professional Boxing Judge in New York in 1991,after completing a two year judging apprenticeship. Lathan is also an accomplished artist, photographer and costume designer. She has created costumes for the New York theater and for MTV video productions. Her work has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, Wadsworth Atheneum, the Leica Gallery and the Goethe Institute among others. As a mixed media artist, Lathan has worked with fiber art for over 30 years. Through fiber art she uses a whimsical approach to create quilts.