Ayana  Byrd

Ayana Byrd

Ayana Byrd, a graduate of Barnard college she has covered celebrities and pop culture for Vibe, Rolling Stone, Essence, L’Uomo Vogue, Glamour and other magazines. She is the co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America with Lori Tharps.

Yaba  Blay

Yaba Blay

Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist, public speaker, and cultural consultant whose scholarship, work and practice centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls, with a particular focus on identity/body politics and beauty practices. Lauded by O Magazine for her social media activism, she has launched several viral campaigns including Locs of Love, #PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl, her multi-platform digital community.

Emily  Bernard

Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard is an American author and Professor of English and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont.

Devon  Carbado

Devon Carbado

Devon Carbado is Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and the Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. He teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Criminal Adjudication

Brittney  Cooper

Brittney Cooper

Brittney Cooper is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Eloquent Rage and the co-founder of the popular Crunk Feminist Collective blog. 

Ashon  Crawley

Ashon Crawley

Ashon Crawley is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.

Creative Soul Photography

Creative Soul Photography

Creative Soul Photography is comprised of the dynamic husband and wife duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt. Specializing in lifestyle photography and authentic, visual storytelling they have shot hundreds of children, families and brands.

Marcia  Dyson

Marcia Dyson

Marcia Dyson is a reverend, businesswoman, and social activist and the president and CEO of M and M Dyson, LLC, an international consultant enterprise in matters of business development, marketing, political strategies, and social engagement.

Michael Eric  Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is the University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of  What the Truth Sounds Like, Tears We Cannot Stop, The Black Presidency, I May Not Get There With You, and Is Bill Cosby Right? He is also a New York Times contributing opinion writer, a contributing editor of The New Republic, and contributing editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated.

Kendra  Field

Kendra Field

Kendra Field is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and the author of Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War.

Tanisha  Ford

Tanisha Ford

Tanisha C. Ford is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and Professor of History at CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul which won the 2016 Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best book on civil rights history. 

Kelly  Fernandez

Kelly Fernandez

Kelly Fernandez is a cartoonist and illustrator from Queens, New York. She is inspired by Latino folklore, 90's video games, and spooky monsters. Her first grahic novel, Manu, is forthcoming from Graphix.

Shennette  Garrett-Scott

Shennette Garrett-Scott

BiographyShennette Garrett-Scott is a historian of gender, race, and capitalism at the University of Mississippi.

Alicia  Garza

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza was a co-founder of Black Lives Matter. She is currently an Oakland-based organizer, writer, and public speaker serving as the Strategy and Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance. A contributing editor for Marie Claire, she is also working on a new initiative called the Black Future’s Lab. 

William  Germano

William Germano

William Germano has taught at Cooper Union since 2006 and was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2006 until 2017. Prior to that he as the editor-in-chief at Columbia University Press and then vice-president and publishing director at Routledge.

Obery  Hendricks

Obery Hendricks

Obery M. Hendricks is a Visiting Scholar, Departments of Religion & African and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University and Visiting Professor of Bible & Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.

Ben  Herold

Ben Herold

Benjamin Herold is a 2019-20 Spencer Fellow in Education Journalism at the Columbia University Journalism School. Herold is also a technology reporter at Education Week, where he has led an award-winning investigation. His first book, Disillusioned: How The Suburbs and Their Public Schools Undermine the American Dream is forthcoming from Penguin Press.

Sylvia A. Harvey

Sylvia A. Harvey

Sylvia A. Harvey is a New York-based journalist and reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. 

Michael  Harriot

Michael Harriot

Michael is a Senior Writer for TheRoot.com. His work also appears on verysmartbrothers.com and Ebony and he is a critically acclaimed poet, journalist, novelist, and broadcaster. 

Kristin Nicole  Henning

Kristin Nicole Henning

Agnes N. Williams Research Professor and Professor of Law at Georgetown Law; Associate Dean of Clinics, Centers, Institutes, and Experiential Learning; and Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Kelly Lytle  Hernandez

Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Kelly Lytle Hernández is a Professor of History and African American Studies, the Interim Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, and 2019 MacArthur Fellow.

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Farah Jasmin Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, and Director-Elect of the Columbia University Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.

Kellie Carter Jackson

Kellie Carter Jackson

Kellie Carter Jackson is the Knafel Assistant Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. 

Martha  Jones

Martha Jones

Professor Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University.

Stephanie Jones- Rogers

Stephanie Jones- Rogers

Stephanie Jones-Rogers is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley where she specializes in African-American history, women’s and gender history, and the history of American slavery. 


Philip Kadish

Philip Kadish

Philip Kadish is Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Hunter College in New York City. 

Robin D.G. Kelley

Robin D.G. Kelley

Robin Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA and the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Oxford University. His writing regularly appears in The Nation, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, US News and World Report, Utne Reader, The Root, Monthly Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, Boston Review, and Huffington Post

Blair L.M. Kelley

Blair L.M. Kelley

Dr. Blair LM Kelley is Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. 

Jamilah  King

Jamilah King

Jamilah King is currently the Race and Justice reporter at Mother Jones, having previously worked as a senior staff writer at Mic, and a senior editor at Colorlines. 

Jamilah  Lemieux

Jamilah Lemieux

Jamilah Lemieux is a renowned cultural critic and writer with a focus on issues of race, gender and sexuality. She is a leading millennial feminist thinker and influencer.

Miles Marshall Lewis

Miles Marshall Lewis

Miles Marshall Lewis is a pop culture critic, essayist, fiction writer and music journalist. His celebrity profiles and arts criticism have been published by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, The Washington Post, NPR, The Nation, Essence, Salon and many others. 


L'Heureux  Lewis-McCoy

L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy

R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy is an associate professor in the Sociology of Education program in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science and Humanities at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Bettina  Love

Bettina Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. 

Julianne  Malveaux

Julianne Malveaux

Julianne Malveaux is a labor economist and former President of Bennett College for Women. She currently hosts MALVEAUX! For UDC TV.

Dani McClain

Dani McClain

Dani McClain is a fellow at The Nation Institute and has written for Talking Points Memo, Al Jazeera America, Colorlines, EBONY.com, and Guernica.

Tiya  Miles

Tiya Miles

Tiya Miles is Professor of History at Harvard University, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.

Koritha Mitchell

Koritha Mitchell

Koritha Mitchell is an Associate Professor at Ohio State University. She is an award-winning author, cultural critic, and professional development expert. 

Mark Anthony  Neal

Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal is Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University. He is also the host of the video webcast Left of Black, which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs holds a PhD in English, African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Duke. She is the Director of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, and the founder of BrokenBeautiful Press.

Tony  Curtis Perry

Tony Curtis Perry

As a scholar of race, culture, and the environment at the Smithsonian Institution, Tony Perry’s research focuses on the environmental history of slavery in the U.S. 

Imani  Perry

Imani Perry

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University where she also teaches in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Law and Public Affairs and Jazz Studies. She is the winner of the Bograd-Weld Biography Prize of 2019 from the Pen America Foundation, Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, Winner of the Shilts-Grahn Triangle Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, Winner of the African American Intellectual History Society’s Pauli Murray Award, and winner of the 2019 Hurston/Wright Award for Non-Fiction. 

Jenn Pozner

Jenn Pozner

Jenn Pozner is a media critic, journalist, and Founding Director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a media justice group which increases women’s presence and power in public debate through media analysis, education, and advocacy. 

Laurence  Ralph

Laurence Ralph

Laurence Ralph is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Center on Transnational Policing at Princeton University. He is the author of Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago which received the received the 2015 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems and most recently Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence.

Kenrya  Rankin

Kenrya Rankin

Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author, journalist, and editorial consultant. She is currently the deputy editor at Colorlines. As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in dozens of national publications including Reader’s Digest, Ebony, Glamour, Latina, and Fast Company. 

Robert Reid Pharr

Robert Reid Pharr

Robert Fitzgerald Reid-Pharr is Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.

Daniel  Rood

Daniel Rood

Dan Rood is Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Georgia.

Noliwe  Rooks

Noliwe Rooks

Noliwe Rooks is The W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature at Cornell University and the author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education.

Gio  Russonello

Gio Russonello

Giovanni Russonello is a music critic and journalist who covers jazz and improvised music as well as electoral politics for the New York Times.

Mark Siegel

Mark Siegel

Mark is the author and illustrator of several award-winning and bestselling picture books and graphic novels.

Julietta  Singh

Julietta Singh

Associate Professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Richmond

Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon is a Senior Editor The Marshall Project. She is an NABJ-Award-winning journalist who has written about culture and the intersection between gender and race for Ebony, Dissent, Essence and POZ. As Colorlines' inaugural reporting fellow, Solomon reported on reproductive health access for women of color. 

Hortense  Spillers

Hortense Spillers

Hortense J. Spillers is an American literary critic, Black Feminist scholar and the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University.

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Ph.D , is an associate professor of history at Smith College whose teaching specialties include slavery and the history of race and racism in the nineteenth-century United States. 

Steven  Thrasher

Steven Thrasher

Steven W. Thrasher holds the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg chair at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, the first journalism professorship in the world created to focus on LGBTQ+ research. 

Salamishah Tillet

Salamishah Tillet

Salamishah Tillet is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing; Founding Director of the New Arts Social Justice Initiative at Express Newark; Associate Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University. She is a contributing culture critic to the New York Times.

Chad  Williams

Chad Williams

Chad Williams is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. He specializes in African American and modern United States History, African American military history, the World War I era and African American intellectual history.

Damon  Young

Damon Young

Damon Young is a writer, critic, humorist, and a professional black person. He's a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas.com and author of the critically acclaimed What Doesn't Kill You Makes you Blacker.

Nan  Mooney

Nan Mooney

Nan Mooney is the author of the memoir My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track (HarperCollins), and the nonfiction books (Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents (Beacon Press) and I Can't Believe She Did That: Why Women Betray Other Women at Work (St. Martin's Press). Her work has also appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Slate, the Seattle Weekly, and Hamptons Jitney Magazine

Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author. Blended, her latest novel, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 10 weeks.

Andrés Vera Martínez

Andrés Vera Martínez

Andrés Vera Martínez is an illustrator and educator working in editorial illustration, children’s books, comics, and advertising. He is the author of Little White Duck, which received starred reviews from Horn Book, Library Media Collection, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. He is currently illustrating a Neal Schusterman graphic novel for Scholastic.

Braden Lamb & Shelli Paroline

Braden Lamb & Shelli Paroline

Braden Lamb and his wife and art partner Shelli Paroline were the series artists for the Eisner award-winning Adventure Time comics. 

Danica  Novgorodoff

Danica Novgorodoff

Danica Novgorodoff is an artist, writer, graphic novelist, graphic designer, and horse wrangler from Louisville, KY, currently living in Brooklyn, New York. 

Katie  Yamasaki

Katie Yamasaki

Katie Yamasaki is a celebrated muralist and children’s book author/illustrator and teacher. 

George O’Connor

George O’Connor

George O’Connor’s is the New York Times bestselling author of the Olympians series (First Second Books). 

Hazel Newlevant

Hazel Newlevant

Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, If This Be Sin, and No Ivy League forthcoming from Lionforge.

Ian  Lendler

Ian Lendler

Ian Lendler is a critically acclaimed author of picture books and middle-grade fiction. He lives resides near the redwoods in northern California.

Jorge Aguirre

Jorge Aguirre

Jorge Aguirre is a writer and TV producer who has written for Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS, and others. 

Marc Favreau

Marc Favreau

Marc Favreau is a critically aclaimed author of adult and Y/A non-fiction. 

Pénélope Bagieu

Pénélope Bagieu

Pénélope Bagieu, is a bestselling French illustrator and comic designer. She is best known for her blog BDs (French webcomics in blog format) My Quite Fascinating Life and Les Culottées. Les Culottées was compiled and released in English as the graphic novel Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, which received widespread recognition. She has also created blog BDs California Dreamin' and Joséphine.

Rafael Rosado

Rafael Rosado

Rafael Rosado Born in Puerto Rico and based in Columbus, Ohio. A seasoned writer, director and storyboard artist for the animation industry. He began his career at Character Builders in Columbus, Ohio as an assistant animator. He quickly worked his way up to become a character designer, storyboard artist and commercial director. During his tenure there he worked on such shows as Fox's Emmy Award-winning Life With Louie, HBO's Happily Ever After and Fox's Where in The World Is Carmen San Diego. 

Tanya McKinnon

Sara  Varon

Sara Varon

Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children's book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn.  

Yana Bogatch

Yana Bogatch

Yana Bogatch is a freelance illustrator/character designer/comic artist. She has a Bachelor's degree in Traditional Animation, and a background in music. She is committed to creating an immersive experience with her illustrations / comics, and let the viewer feel like they are there with the characters. She is the illustrator of GRIMOIRE NOIR forthcoming from First Second Books

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America

James Otis Smith

James Otis Smith

James Otis Smith is a multi-talented artist whose work spans illustration, comics, motion graphics, and video. Formerly a member of the Act-i-vate Comix collective, Smith lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Jibola Fagbamiye

Jibola Fagbamiye

Jibola Fagbamiye is a multimedia Nigerian artist living in Toronto.

Conor McCreery

Conor McCreery

Conor McCreery has worked as a journalist and comic writer for the past 20 years.

Shay  Youngblood

Shay Youngblood

Shay Youngblood is an award-winning playwright and author of adult and children's books.

Monica  White

Monica White

Dr. Monica M. White is an associate professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a joint appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology.