The example of W.E.B. Dubois looms large for me because he was both a straight ahead scholar, and also someone truly dedicated to changing the world through public engagement. While I disagree with some of Dubois’ politics, I too seek to contribute and change the world through engaging with the public broadly considered. I’ve done this in a variety of outlets, but can be heard most regularly on the Marc Steiner Show, and in the past on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michele Martin.
I’ve written for The Urbanite, for Salon, for The Grio, the Boston Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, among other publications. I’ve also appeared on The Real News Network, the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, BBC, Al-Jazeera, as well as (interestingly enough) The Colbert Report.
Select Media Work:
- 2015. Corporate Welfare is Draining Baltimore, The Boston Review
- 2015. Why Baltimore Was a Time Bomb, New York Daily News
- 2015. Coates is a Realist, Not a Pessimist, Dissent
- 2015. For Black People, there is Martin Luther King’s Dream, New York Times
- 2015. “Is Obama Finally Becoming the President African Americans Wanted?“, NPR
- 2011. “Thoughts on the Debt Ceiling Compromise”, The Marc Steiner Show
- 2011. “Race, Black Nationalism, and Political Representation in American Cities”, The Marc Steiner Show
- 2011. “A Tribute to Historian Manning Marable”, BookTV
- 2011. “Professor Fulfills Obligation as Father of Five”, NPR