Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl’s story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of speculative fiction which explore and expand our understanding of gender roles. She edits reviews for the literary quarterly Cascadia Subduction Zone. In 2014 Shawl coedited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. Her Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair is forthcoming from Tor in 2016.

She serves on the boards of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the Carl Brandon Society, a nonprofit dedicated to improving minority representation in fantastic fiction.

Nisi Shawl
Author and Editor

Areas of Expertise: Diversity of Representation in Writing and Editing in Speculative Genres (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Magic Realism, etc.), Octavia E. Butler, Practice of West African Religious Traditions in North America

Location: Seattle, WA

Contact Information:
Email: nisis@aol.com
Phone: 269-599-0611

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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times, and in many anthologies. Lalami’s 2014 book, The Moor’s Account, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work has been translated into ten languages.

Lalami is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Laila Lalami
Author and Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise: Morocco and North Africa, Women and Islam, Migration, Historical Fiction

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email:
llalami@yahoo.com | laila@lailalalami.com

Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered: Fact Meets Fiction In Tale Of A Slave, Explorer and Survivor

Added June 2015

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series and the young adult novel Shadowshaper. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna.

Older co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. His short stories and essays have appeared in the Guardian, NPR, Tor.com, Salon and BuzzFeed. Aside from writing, Older teaches workshops on storytelling.

Daniel Jose Older

Author of Young Adult Literature

Areas of expertise: Fantasy and Young Adult literature, Race and Power in Publishing

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Contact Info:

Email: danieljose1@gmail.com

Heard on NPR All Things Considered: To Achieve Diversity in Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Added June 2015

Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the LA Times.

Wang is a frequent contributor to NPR and KPCC in California and runs the audio blog SoulSides.com. He teaches sociology at California State University at Long Beach, with a focus on race/ethnicity and social issues.


Music Writer and Cultural Critic, Professor of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Expertise: Music, Sports, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Hip-Hop

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: oliverwang@gmail.com
Phone: (510) 593-3565
Twitter: @soulsidescom

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Phil Taylor

 

Phil Taylor, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated (SI), says that “basketball is his favorite sport to both play and cover.” He writes the weekly column The Hot Button for SI.com and was previously a sportswriter and columnist at the Miami Herald, the San Jose Mercury News, and The National.

According to his bio on SI.com, Taylor received the 1987 Associated Press Sports Editors Award for Feature Writing. He received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts and his master’s degree from Stanford University in California.

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Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated

Areas of Expertise: Sports, Sports Writing, Basketball, Baseball, Football

Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Contact Info:

Phone: (650) 346-5372

Email: philtaylor819@gmail.com

Twitter: @SI_PhilTaylor

**Important note: When you contact Phil, please also call or email Sports Illustrated senior publicist Brian Poliakoff:

Office: (212) 522-5542

Mobile: (347) 327-2905

Email: brian.poliakoff@timeinc.com
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Malik Washington

Malik Washington is the executive director and CEO of The William Kellibrew Foundation, a community-driven advocacy organization “dedicated to breaking the cycles of violence and poverty.” He is also the training & outreach specialist with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an organization that serves as a “resource for the thousands of adults and children experiencing domestic violence in the District each year.”

He joined The William Kellibrew Foundation in 2010 as a member of the national advisory council where he implemented a mentoring program for young men in Washington, D.C.

Washington studied radio, television and film at Howard University. His community outreach experience includes organizing mission trips and providing disaster relief services with the Christian organization In His Presence Ministries. He’s a contributor to NPR’s Tell Me Moreblog and was previously a Tell Me More intern and editorial assistant.

Malik Washington
Executive Director and CEO, The William Kellibrew Foundation
Training & Outreach Specialist, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

Areas of Expertise: Youth, Poverty, and Violence (especially Young Men), Mentorship, Community Outreach, Writing & Blogging, Media, African Americans

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: malikjwashington@gmail.com
Twitter: @malikwashington
Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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Last Verified September 2015

Jamilah King

Jamilah King is a Senior Staff Writer at MIC and serves on the peer review board of the Youth Media Reporter. She was previously a news editor and culture reporter at the daily news website Colorlines.com, an associate editor at WireTap Magazine and a contributing editor with YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

Jamilah has been on WNYC, MSNBC, and other outlets speaking about sports, race, class, fashion, LGBT issues and journalism.

Jamilah King

Senior Staff Writer at MIC

Areas of Expertise: Urban Politics, Youth, Basketball & Sports

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:

Phone: (415) 755-8043 (cell)
Email: jamilah@mic.com
Twitter: @jamilahking
Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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Added January 2013

Last Verified September 2015

Felicia Pride

At Pride Collaborative, Felicia Pride uses storytelling and multimedia to help clients amplify their organizations’ messages and to create educational materials.

In 2012, Pride developed a media-based educational component for the PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name” and is in the process of doing the same for the NPR radio show “State of the Re:Union.”

Pride is the author of seven books, including her essay collection, “The Message,” which explores life lessons found in hip-hop music. Her 2012 book, “To Create,” is a compilation of interviews with black storytellers and media personalities.

Pride is a Film Independent screenwriting fellow. She is also the founder of The Create Daily, a curated resource of opportunity for content creators that’s delivered daily via email.


Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow, Founder of The Create Daily

Areas of Expertise: Storytelling, Writing, Hip-Hop, Marketing, Communications, Multimedia 

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Email: felicia@pridecollaborative.com
Twitter: @feliciapride

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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Added January 2013

Leila Cobo

Latin music journalist Leila Cobo is the executive editor for Latin content and programming for Billboard and the host of “Estudio Billboard,” a weekly interview show. She’s also the organizer and host of Billboard’s annual Latin Music Conference. Before joining Billboard, she wrote for the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Cobo was a concert pianist before devoting herself to full-time journalism.

She has written several books, including Tell Me Something True and The Second Time We Met.

Executive Editor for Latin Content and Programming for Billboard

Areas of Expertise: Music, Latin Music, Classical Music, Pop Culture, Piano, Entertainment & TV, Writing & Journalism, Colombia

Location: Key Biscayne, FL

Contact Info:

Email: contact@leilacobo.comLeila.cobo@billboard.com

Twitter: @leilacobo

Facebook: facebook.com/leilacobofans

**Her agent:

Aleyso Bridger, Bridger Communications

Mobile: (786) 488-5683

Email: aleyso@bcommideas.com

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Tell Me More: Calle 13 Sweeps Latin Grammy Nominations

Added January 2013