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Contributors

Alicia Campbell
Alicia Campbell is a freelance writer/blogger and multimedia professional. She got her bachelor's degree from Johnson C. Smith University, a certificate from Carolina School of Broadcasting, and a masters degree from Florida International University.


Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson, the award-winning author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination, teaches sociology and gender studies at Columbia University. With Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee, she is coeditor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History. She is currently completing a book entitled The Social Life of DNA: Race and Reconciliation after the Genome.


Amanda Moses
Amanda Moses
Amanda Moses is a freelance journalist, who almost went to law school but decided that being a starving journalist was more fun. She has a degree in Justice Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has received several scholarships, fellowships and awards for her research and studies on social justice, but none compare to her achievements on the Xbox 360. She lives in Woodside, Queens with her handsome English husband (who is also a writer) and her tiny black cat (who is a bird watcher).


Andrea Levy
Andrea Levy is a Londoner. She not only lives and works in the city she loves but has used London as the setting in many of her novels. She has been a recipient of an Arts Council Award and her second novel Never Far from Nowhere was long listed for the Orange Prize. Small Island was the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Whitbread Novel Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year award, the Orange Best of the Best, and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Her latest novel The Long Song was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, and was the winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Besides novels she has also written short stories that have been read on radio, published in newspapers and anthologised.



Arthur Banton
Arthur Banton
Arthur Banton is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Purdue University and graduate lecturer in the African American Studies and Research Center.


Barrington Edwards
Barrington Edwards
Barrington Edwards is an educator and writer who resides in South Orange, NJ. A former professor and college dean, Barrington came to the NYC area to write and teach, his first loves. For the past decade or so, he has worked and traveled all over the country, including a brief stint abroad in South Korea. He writes about race, science, education, sexuality and contemporary politics. He currently teaches history at an independent school in New Jersey.



Bathabile K. S. Mthombeni, J.D.
Bathabile K. S. Mthombeni, J.D.
Bathabile K. S. Mthombeni, J.D. is a mediator, negotiator and workshop facilitator. A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School, she is the founder and owner of Untangled Resolutions, a private practice in conflict management and dispute resolution. She specializes in couple's mediation, negotiation coaching, and designs custom tailored workshops on negotiation and diversity for law firms. She may be reached at info@123untangled.com. Visit untangledresolutions.weebly.com for more information about her services.


Becca Fink
Becca Fink
Becca Fink is a journalist who moved from Baltimore to Brooklyn 3 years ago. She is currently finishing her Bachelors in Journalism and Philosophy at Brooklyn College. She worked as an Investigative Reporting Intern at City Limits magazine and has been published in NYCityWatch.org, BrooklynToday.info, City Limits, and more. She was awarded the Brooklyn College Journalism Award in Feature Writing in May 2011.



Bilen Mesfin
Bilen Mesfin
Bilen Mesfin is a former journalist and a strategic communications consultant for social change leaders and organizations. Photo courtesy of Adenike Amin.


Blanca E. Vega
Blanca E. Vega
A native New Yorker, Blanca E. Vega is the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants. Blanca is currently a Doctoral student in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.



Candace Buckner
Candace Buckner
Candace Buckner spent six years at The Kansas City Star and was the featured high school sports columnist. She currently lives in Northwest Indiana, the setting of her forthcoming book: 'The Last Hope,' a story about high school basketball in Gary, Ind.


Carolyn Edgar
Carolyn Edgar is a writer and lawyer who lives in New York City. She writes about social and political issues on her blog Carolyn Edgar. Follow her on Twitter @carolynedgar.


Carucha Meuse
Carucha Meuse
Carucha L. Meuse is an award winning photographer and multimedia artist who lives in Harlem. A camera hoarder and observer of things BIG and small, she competes in triathlons. She is a FAMU alumna. She loves colorful things and all things chocolate. She is a world traveler, a loved daughter, sister and girlfriend. Learn more about her work and book her for jobs at clmvisuals.com.



Christina Lewis Halpern
Christina Lewis Halpern
Christina Lewis Halpern lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, baby and dog. A former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, she is the author of "Lonely At The Top," a short memoir published as an Amazon Kindle Single. She grew up in Paris and New York and loves cooking, jogging and sharing her many, many opinions.


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Coffey
Tiff "Coffey" J is a freelance writer, short-story scribe, sporadic poet, intrepid Blogger, self-professed fire-starter, and coffee + wine lover. She has written for print publications and is a frequent contributor to noted, other social media forums. In short: just a woman who loves to write and drink stuff. Much of her work can be found at www.coffeerhetoric.com. Follow her on Twitter: @Coffey0072



Davey D
Davey D
Davey D is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist.


Dax-Devlon Ross
Dax-Devlon Ross
The author of six books, Dax has been featured on WNYC, WBAI, MTV.com, Democracy Now, and Pacific Radio. His work on race, youth culture and criminal justice has been cited by The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He has lectured on literature and hip-hop culture at Fordham, Pace, City College and NYU. His book, Beat of a Different Drum (Hyperion, 2006), explored the lives of 30 African-American creatives and iconolasts.


Demetria Irwin
Demetria Irwin
Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer, award-winning journalist and budding novelist. Follow her on Twitter (@Love_is_Dope) to get her thoughts on current events, sarcastic tweets with friends and her latest genealogical finds.



Editorial Staff





Erin Kotecki Vest
Erin Kotecki Vest
Erin Kotecki Vest is an award winning journalist and former political editor at BlogHer. This post originally appeared on her personal blog, Queen of Spain.



Frederick Douglass



Gene Demby
Gene Demby is a writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the former managing editor of Huffington Post BlackVoices, and the founder and editor of PostBourgie, a group blog about politics, race and culture. He really, really hates onions.


Hannington Dia
Hannington Dia
Hanngington Dia is a freelance writer from Queens. He is a junior, majoring in English at City College of New York.


Heather Lindskold
Heather Lindskold
Heather Lindskold is a book blogger living in Pennsylvania.


Hillary Crosley




Hugh Muir and Richard Sprenger



Idara E. Bassey
Idara E. Bassey
Idara E. Bassey is an Atlanta-based lawyer, writer and interdisciplinary thinker.


Jack Faal
Jack Faal
Jack Faal is Mr.Wonderful! Dating Coach, Writer, and Singles Event Organizer. His intuitive understanding of human nature and his life experiences have helped his clients -- both men and women -- to achieve success in their dating, relationships, and lifestyle goals. He organizes monthly singles events in NYC and is also the author of INTERNET PIMPIN: The Ultimate Online Dating Guide For Men and INTERNET PIMPIN 2: The Ladies Guide to Online Dating. His email address is mrwonderfulradio@gmail.com. You can find his dating books at http://www.internetpimpin.net/ and his singles events at http://www.meetup.com/lovelustsingles.


Jack Holland



James B. Peterson
James B. Peterson
James Braxton Peterson (Duke ’93, UPENN 2003) is the Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. He has been Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University, a visiting lecturer and preceptor in African American Studies at Princeton University and the Media Coordinator for the Harvard University Hip Hop Archive.


Jason Glenn
Jason Glenn is an Assistant Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston.


Jenny Marc
Jenny Marc
Jenny Marc is a freelance photojournalist. After living in New Orleans for six years, she moved to New York City in August 2011 to pursue a Master's Degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.



Jessica Lynne
Jessica Lynne
Jessica Lynne is a learner, writer, traveler, and self-described over-indulger in all things hip-hop. A NYU graduate with a degree in Africana Studies, Jess is a creative writing kid dedicated to fostering the power of literacy and language through fiction and creative journalism. She currently serves as co-editor for Zora Magazine, an online publication for collegiate black women. You can reach her at jess[at]zoramagonline.com


John Jennings
John Jennings
His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media. His research is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice, and design pedagogy. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist,and award-winning graphic novelist. His work overlaps into various disciplines including American Studies, African American Studies, Design History, Media Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Literature.


Jorteh Senah
Jorteh Senah
Jorteh Senah is a Ghanaian/Trinidadian freelance journalist and student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. His work has been featured in Giant and Rap-Up magazine as well as the New York Times’ hyperlocal blog The Local, where he covers housing, property development and real estate in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.



Joshua Bloodworth
Joshua Bloodworth received his J.D. from Harvard University in 2003 and his B.A. in History and African-American Studies from Harvard University in 1997. He has written for the "Source" and "Beat Down."


Karla Moore



Kathryn Buford
Kathryn Buford
Kathryn Buford is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Live Unchained, an international arts events and media organization featuring black women's works. Currently a PhD student in sociology, her research explores women's art and resistance across the African Diaspora.


Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Khalilah L. Brown-Dean
Khalilah L. Brown-Dean
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University. Her forthcoming book from Yale University Press, "Once Convicted, Forever Doomed," explores the impact of disenfranchisement civil death statutes on communities of color. Find her on twitter @KBDPHD


Kimberly Denise Williams
Kimberly Denise Williams
Kimberly Denise Williams is a Brooklyn-born and raised freelance writer. Her interests lie in the intersection of race, pop culture, and her first love-New York City.


Kristin Braswell
Kristin Braswell
Kristin Braswell is a writer and cook. Her writing portfolio includes food articles, travel reviews, film critiques and political analysis. She is especially passionate about education, race and gender equality, as well as the promotion of healthy living and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @brooklynwriter1


L. Joy Williams
L. Joy Williams
L. Joy Williams is a political strategist, founder of LJW Community Strategies, and Co-Host and News Coordinator of the award winning radio show TWiB Radio. She has been featured on MSNBC’s Up with Chris, BET, Pacifica Radio in New York and Los Angeles, and is a frequent contributor on NY1’s Inside City Hall. She is founding Chairman of Higher Heights for America, 1st Vice-President of the Brooklyn NAACP, National Board Member of PAC+ and serves on her local community board as a resident of Bedford Stuyvesant.


Lakesha Townsend
Lakesha Townsend
Lakesha Townsend lives in Bakersfield, CA.


Lauren A. White
Lauren A. White
Lauren A. White is a freelance journalist and documentarian based in New York City. An alumna of the University of Maryland, she received her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice. In addition to broadcast news, Lauren is also trained in all other mediums of journalism, such as online, print, photography, and radio. Currently, she is pursuing her M.A. in Cultural Reporting & Criticism from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. You can follow Lauren on Twitter @WhiteSights.






Livication
Livication
"Livication” is a mix of the words “live” and “dedication”, and is an important concept how I live. I've been dubbed a post-modern hippie. I can come at you on some old school revolution, or kick it with my contemporaries. I am a social butterfly (but also a square peg), Blacktivist, LGBTQ (any/all civil rights) advocate, womanist, feminist, and Black woman. I'm mouthy and passionate; difficult to silence. An abstract thinker and self-defined. An unapologetic fantastic disaster. Calm like a bomb.


Marcus Franklin
Marcus Franklin is a New York-based writer. His articles and essays have appeared in online and print publications worldwide.


Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is a poet and writer who wants justice for Rekia Boyd’s family.


Mark Naison
Mark Naison is a Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham's Urban Studies Program. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African-American History, urban history, and the history of sports. The Bronx African-American History Project, Dr Naison's most recent venture, was launched collaboratively with the Bronx Historical Society in the Fall of 2002 .


Marketing Staff




Mary Shell and Ajai Raj



Melissa Bunni Elian
Melissa Bunni Elian
Melissa Bunni Elian is a photojournalist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York.


Melody Ivins
Melody Ivins
Melody Ivins is a historical researcher and editor in Chapel Hill, NC.


Michael Lipkowitz
Michael Lipkowitz
Michael Lipkowitz is a Blue Engine Teaching Assistant working in five English classes this year in the South Bronx. He graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2012 with a BA in English and an Honors Concentration in Creative Writing.


Michael Starkey
Michael Starkey
Michael Starkey is an engineer 9-5, but in his spare time he writes about music and cultural history. His work includes "'Mercy, Mercy Me, The Ecology': Environmental Themes in Black Music" and "Hidden from Sight: African Americans and the Wilderness", presented at the annual conference of American Society of Environmental History, in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He is currently working on a book based on his master's thesis, "Wilderness, Race, and African Americans: An Environmental History from Slavery to Jim Crow." Michael lives and work in New York, NY. He currently resides in East Harlem with his wife and splits his work time between offices in Queens and Manhattan. He enjoys bicycling, listening to music, and playing soccer.



Mike Green
Mike Green is an award-winning journalist and Co-founder of The America21 Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to connecting Black and Urban America to the 21st century global Innovation Economy. Contact him at mike@blackinnovation.org.



Naima Cook-Bazemore



Nasser Diallo, Mariama Keita
Nassirou Diallo is a prominent radio journalist dedicated to the promotion of democracy and good governance in his homeland Conakry, Guinea. In 2008, Nassirou was selected to join a team of French and American journalists organized by the Foreign Press Center to cover the US presidential campaign. In 2009, he risked his life to cover the civilian protest against the government, which took place at the stadium in Conakry. This tragedy is known today as the September 28th Guinean massacre. In 2010 Nassirou also known to many as “Nasser” has been featured in New York Times and honored at Columbia University by the nonprofit organization Alliance Guinea for his activism and dedication to transforming the political landscape in Guinea. Mariama Cire Keita is a self-described “Africanista” and journalist that specializes in contemporary African culture and politics. As an independent reporter she has covered special assignments in the Czech Republic, Guinea and South Africa. Her commitment to her West African heritage, coupled with her extensive travels abroad have given her a personal appreciation for Africa’s rich history and civilization.


Nasser Metcalfe
Nasser Metcalfe
Nasser Metcalfe is an Actor, Writer and Producer living in New York City.


Nicole D. Collier
Nicole D. Collier
Nicole is an educational researcher, writer and healer. A veteran teacher and Nichiren Buddhist, she is interested in personal narratives as vehicles for learning and transformation.


Pamay Bassey
Pamay Bassey
Pamay Bassey is an entrepreneur, world traveler, educator, comedian, philosopher, and author of the book: My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey. Find out more about her 52 Weeks of Worship Project at www.my52wow.com. Follow her on twitter @my52wow.


Patrice Peck
Patrice Peck
Patrice Peck is a freelance journalist, editor and producer based in New York City. After receiving a double Bachelor degree in English and Black Studies, she continued writing about culture, the arts, and influential individuals online and off. With a passion for serving underrepresented audiences, Patrice has written for BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Society HAE, Metro NY, Racialicious, Black Atlas, and GIANT Mag among other publications. Currently, she is earning her Masters in Journalism. You can follow Patrice on Twitter @speakpatrice


Paul Mac Innes
Paul Mac Innes
Swedish/American artist/composer with a deep and affectionate love for soul music, Paul Mac Inness has received the attention and airplay of world-famous DJ's and magazines such as Gilles Peterson, François Kevorkian, Dj magazine and Blues & Soul Magazine, etc.


Phlip
Phlip
32 years of age, Greensboro NC resident and father of one. Blogger at callmephlip.blogspot.com NBA contributor at thetonygrands.com If I knew what else to put here, it would be a lot more interesting than it has been thus far or will be.



Rachel Huggins
Rachel Huggins
Rachel Huggins is a USA TODAY online editor and freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HugginsRachel to see her trail of digital breadcrumbs.


Randy Johnson
Randy Johnson
Randy Johnson was born in Birmingham in 1954. He has a BA (1976) and a Masters Degree in Social Work (1983) from The University of Alabama. He has been fortunate to be more or less continuosly employed, primarily in Behavioral Health since graduating with my Masters in 1983. About 14 years ago, he moved to Tennessee and currently lives in a small town called Smithville, roughly 60 miles east of Nashville.




Rippa DemUp
Rippa DemUp
RiPPa is the creator & editor-in-chief The Intersection of Madness & Reality. A finalist in the 2009 Black Weblog Awards, he is also a regular contributor to theFreshXpress.com, voiceofthemigrant.com, and can be found just about anywhere on the internet being a shit-starter or provocateur extraordinaire.


Ron Howell
Ron Howell
Ron Howell, Yale class of '70, teaches journalism at Brooklyn College. He graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and has been a journalist for over 30-years. Howell was raised in Bed Stuy and writes a blog about Brooklyn, BrooklynRon.com. He is also writing a book about black immigrants in early-1900s Brooklyn.


Ron Kavanaugh
Ron Kavanaugh is publisher & editor in chief of Mosaic Literary Magazine and Executive Director of the Literary Freedom Project.


RoyaAziz
RoyaAziz
Roya Aziz is an American Muslim who considers herself a journalist though that's no longer her day job. She currently lives and works in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Samuel Wilson



Scot Nakagawa
Scot Nakagawa
I am a lifelong political activist, community organizer, organization builder, and trouble-maker currently serving as a senior partner in the grassroots racial justice think tank ChangeLab.


Sean Yoes
Sean Yoes
Sean Yoes is a multi-award winning journalist and filmmaker, who hosts an hour-long political talk show, "First Edition," on an a National Public Radio station in Baltimore. Originally from West Baltimore, he now resides on Maryland's Eastern Shore.


Shakiyla Newland
Shakiyla Newland
A Brooklynite with a love for fashion and beauty. I'm no guru but I'd like to think that I have an eye for what looks good.


Shalwah Evans
Shalwah Evans
Shalwah Evans is a fashion and beauty writer living in the New York City metropolitan area. After graduating with a master's in journalism from UC Berkeley she covered fashion weeks in South Africa and Japan for various publications. She has been a contributor for the Daily Front Row as well as NBC New Yorks' fashion blog, Thread NY. She also works with Poshly, which hosts the first beauty website devoted solely to giveaways.


Shamira Muhammad
Shamira Muhammad
Shamira Muhammad is a recent graduate of New York University’s Journalism Institute and an alumni of Howard University. She recently moved to France to indulge in her passion for writing and discovery. Shamira has previously studied in Paris and Cairo, and has reported from Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya and the US.


Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes, speaks, and teaches on media, culture, and propaganda at various colleges.


Tamika Miller
Tamika Miller
Tamika Miller is an award-winning director, writer and producer living in Los Angeles, CA.


Terrenda White
Terrenda White
Terrenda White is a PhD student in Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research grapples with issues of race and inequality, and the importance of culturally relevant teaching practices in classrooms. She currently teaches in several capacities, as an adjunct professor at City College (CUNY) and at Teachers College, as a high-school instructor for after-school and youth development programs in Harlem, and as a volunteer instructor on Rikers Island for women in the Rose M. Singer Facility through a program she co-coordinates w/ other volunteers called "Prison Education Initiative."



Tom DiChristopher
Tom DiChristopher
Tom DiChristopher is a freelance multimedia journalist. He worked as a magazine editor in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for two years before returning to New York City to pursue a Master's Degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.


Tracy Velázquez
Tracy Velázquez
As a leading voice in the field, Tracy has been featured on national and international television, had her opinions carried in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other print and electronic media, and shared JPI’s work as a speaker at conferences and before policymakers in Congress and in state legislatures.



Whitty Whiteson
Whitty Whiteson is descended from two families that arrived on the Mayflower. Writing for several news organizations, he polices American culture to ensure that it never loses its essential European character.


William Copeland
William Copeland
William Copeland is an organizer and cultural worker from Detroit. He works as EMEAC's Stand Up Speak Out (SUSO) Youth Coordinator and helped to create the city-wide Youth leadership team- - Young Educators' Alliance. He is working with a group of Detroit activists to create the Whole Note Healing Collective, breathing this process one step at a time. He served as one of the local coordinators for the 2010 US Social Forum and participated in the 2011 Detroit 2 Dakar Delegation to Dakar, Senegal.


Winston Chou
Winston Chou is a blogger for Hyphen magazine and a graduate student in sociology at UCLA. He is especially interested in issues of immigration and second-generation assimilation, but would almost always rather talk about obscure NBA players from the 90s. (Remember Chris Gatling?)