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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 (St. Martin’s Press) with Lori Tharps, Naked: Black Women Bare All on Their Hair, Skin, Hips, Lips and Other Parts (Perigee/Penguin with Akiba Solomon she co-edited, Yani & Shani’s Rainy Day (Kifani Press; co-written with Shani Saxon-Parrish). She is currently at work on her first novel.

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. He has won numerous teaching awards, including being elected Professor of the Year by the UCLA School of Law classes of 2000 and 2006 and received the Law School's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003 and the University's Distinguished Teaching Award, the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching in 2007.

Charlene A. Carruthers

Charlene A. Carruthers

Charlene A. Carruthers is a Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work.  

Brittney Cooper

Brittney Cooper

Brittney Cooper is an award-winning author, teacher, and public speaker who believes Black feminism can change the world for the better. She is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and the is co-founder of the popular Crunk Feminist Collective blog. 

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.

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is a professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues. Crenshaw is also the founder of Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS) and the African American Policy Forum (AAPF), as well as the president of the Berlin-based Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ). 

Marcia Dyson

Marcia Dyson

Marcia Dyson is a powerful reverend, astute businesswoman, and unrelenting social activist, who has dedicated her life, ministry, and career to fighting gender inequality and oppression as well as economic and political inequity at the local, national, and international levels. She is one of America’s most respected civil-social activists and is 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 occupies the distinguished position of University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He is a New York Times contributing opinion writer, a contributing editor of The New Republic, and contributing editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated. Ebony magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans, and one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation.

Michael 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?

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. Field is the author of Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War.

Tanisha C. Ford

Tanisha C. Ford

Tanisha C. Ford is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, 2015), which narrates the powerful intertwining histories of the Black Freedom movement and the rise of the global fashion industry. Liberated Threads won the 2016 Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best book on civil rights history. She is a co-founder of TEXTURES, a pop-up material culture lab, creating and curating content on fashion and the built environment.

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza is 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. Her book on Black Lives Matter is forthcoming with One World Press.

William Germano

William Germano

William Germano received his B.A. from Columbia and his Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. He 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 Hendricks is one of the foremost commentators on the intersection of religion and political economy in America. He is the most widely read and perhaps the most influential African American biblical scholar writing today. Cornel West calls him “one of the last few grand prophetic intellectuals.” His lastest book, Christians Against Christianity: How the Right-Wing Has Debased the Faith is forthcoming from Little Brown.

Sylvia A. Harvey

Sylvia A. Harvey

Sylvia A. Harvey (SAH) is a New York–based journalist and reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. She reports at the intersection of race, gender, and policy. Her focus is on the 2.7 million Children of Incarcerated Parents, COIP, a demographic rendered invisible by our criminal justice system and public policy. 
 

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 Hernández

Kelly Lytle Hernández

Kelly Lytle Hernández is a Professor of History and African American Studies, and the Interim Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. This week her most recent work, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, won the John Hope Franklin Prize. 

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Farah Jasmine Griffin

B.A., Harvard (1985); Ph.D.,Yale (1992). Professor Griffin's major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, history and politics. The recipient of numerous honors and awards for her teaching and scholarship, in 2006-2007 Professor Griffin was a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. 

Stephanie Jones-Rogers

Stephanie Jones-Rogers

Stephanie Jones-Rogers is 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. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she held the Harrington Faculty Fellowship in the History Department at the University of Texas-Austin. She is the author of the book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South.

 

Philip Kadish

Philip Kadish

Philip Kadish is Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Hunter College in New York City. He received his PhD in American Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and his MFA in fiction writing from Brooklyn College. He teaches courses on multicultural American literature, Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, and Whiteness Studies. His research looks at the role of scientific theories of race in shaping American culture from literature and popular culture to law, politics, and public policy. He has presented his research at Yale, Princeton, Notre Dame, Georgetown, and numerous other universities. His op-eds connecting contemporary racial issues to their roots in nineteenth-century American culture have appeared on CNN.com and NBC.com. His first book, the Great White Hoax, is forthcoming from the New Press. 


Robin Kelley

Robin Kelley

Robin Kelley is both a wunderkind of the academy as well as a much-loved public intellectual.  He is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA and recently completed a year-long visiting professorship as the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth 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 to name a few. 


Blair LM Kelley

Blair LM 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. She is the author of Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson, published in the John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture at the University Press of North Carolina in 2010 and was awarded the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Best Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians.

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. Her work has appeared in The California Sunday Magazine, the Washington Post, the Advocate, Salon, and Fusion, among other publications.

 

Jamilah Lemieux

Jamilah Lemieux

A renowned cultural critic and writer with a focus on issues of race, gender and sexuality, Jamilah Lemieux is a leading millennial feminist thinker, influencer and game-changing media maverick.
 
Lemieux formerly served as the Vice President of News and Men’s Programming for iOne Digital,  where she helped spearhead the creation of Cassius, a progressive digital lifestyle platform and as the Senior Editor for EBONY magazine, where she played a key role in launching the publication’s website in 2012 and modernizing the brand voice and identity.

Miles Marshall Lewis

Miles Marshall Lewis

Miles Marshall Lewis is a pop culture critic, essayist, fiction writer and music journalist. There’s a Riot Goin’ On (Bloomsbury’s 33⅓ Series), his book on the making of the classic Sly and the Family Stone album, followed closely behind Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don’t Have Bruises (Akashic Books), a debut essay collection on coming of age in the Bronx in the 1970s-80s. Over the past 20 years, 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. His latest book, Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press

 

Julianne Malveaux

Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Malveaux is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the  country.” Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st century America. 
 

Dani McClain

Dani McClain

Dani McClain, author of the critically acclaimed We Live For The We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood is a contributing writer for The Nation. She is a fellow at The Nation Institute and has written for Talking Points Memo, Al Jazeera America, Colorlines, EBONY.com and Guernica, among other media outlets. 

Koritha Mitchell

Koritha Mitchell

Koritha Mitchell is an award-winning author, cultural critic, and professional development expert. Her study Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890 -1930 won book awards from the American Theatre and Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Her scholarly articles include “James Baldwin, Performance Theorist, Sings the Blues for Mister Charlie,” which appears in American Quarterly, and “Love in Action,” which draws parallels between racial violence at the last turn of the century and anti-LGBT violence today (published by Callaloo). In March 2014, Koritha spoke at the Library of Congress and received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. The lecture aired on C-Span’s BookTV and is part of their online video library.

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 where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition, and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit).

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 has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D in the history of American civilization from Harvard University.

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. Her book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV — the first book to expose how reality TV has functioned as backlash against gender and racial justice — was called “required reading for every American girl and woman” by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, and "insightful, funny, fun" by “Colbert Report” writer Cecelia Lederer. She is currently working on BREAKING (the) NEWS a non-fiction graphic forthcoming from First Second Books.

Kenrya Rankin

Kenrya Rankin

Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author, journalist and editorial consultant whose insight has been tapped by leading outlets, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and ThinkProgress. 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 and Fast Company—and it has been translated into 21 languages. 

Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon is the Senior Editorial Director of Colorlines. She is an NABJ-Award winning journalist from West Philadelphia. Online, she 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. Solomon has also been a health editor for Essence, a researcher for Glamour and a senior editor for the print versions of Vibe Vixen and The Source.

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 and formerly the  Robert S. Blank Presidential Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a contributing Culture critic to the New York Times and the author of Sites of Slavery (Duke University Press), Gloria Steinem: The Kindle Singles Interview for Amazon,  In Search of 'The Color Purple' (forthcoming the Abrams series Writers on Writing), and All the Rage “Mississippi Goddam,” and the World that Nina Simone Made forthcoming from Ecco Press.

Lori L. Tharps

Lori L. Tharps

Lori L. Tharps is an associate professor of journalism at Temple University, an award-winning author, freelance journalist and popular speaker. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism she has been a staff reporter at Vibe magazine and then a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly. She has written for Ms.GlamourSuedeVogue BlackCaribbean LifeGrid PhiladelphiaxoJane.com and Essence magazines.


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 writer, critic, humorist, and professional black person. He's a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas which garners over 7 million hits a month and was coined "the blackest thing that ever happened to the internet" by The Washington Post.

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. She holds a BA from Scripps College.

Calvin Baker

Calvin Baker

Calvin Baker is the author of four novels, including Grace and Dominion which was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. He teaches in Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, and has also taught at other prestigious universities.