Michael Harriot

Michael is a critically-acclaimed poet, journalist, and broadcaster. A Senior Writer for TheRoot.com, his work also appears on verysmartbrothers.com and Ebony. He recently won the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists award for digital commentary. He was the sole writer for Angela Rye’s Midterm Election Special on BET, which won the NABJ Award for Television, and he is currently writing Young Gifted and Broke, a BET news program about disparities in the American educational system. Known for his sharp take on racial news, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and numerous international outlets to discuss race relations in America, and his work is often cited by outlets and individuals from the New York Times and the Washington Post, to Dave Chapelle and Nikole Hannah Jones. His weekly Clapback Mailbag, where he responds to hate mail, has garnered a cult-like following.

He holds a degree in mass communications and history from Auburn University and an M.A. in macroeconomics from Florida State University.
His latest venture, NegusWhoRead, is a hub for information, opinion, and ideas for Black thinkers.