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The Black Commentator's core audience
is African Americans and the African world and their
allies in the movement for economic justice, social
justice and peace. It is also important to share
Black American and African world perspectives with
the rest of the world, a mission uniquely suited
to the Internet.
Our focus is commentary, analysis
and investigation, elements of political dialogue
that are absolutely essential to the creation of
movements for social change. Without regular forums
for advocacy and debate, a people are at the mercy
of their adversaries.
With the publication
of issue #200 on October 5, 2006 BC
announced the creation of a multi-dimensional
BC Editorial Board and took
a new, more inclusive and broader direction.
Members of the BC
Editorial Board represent African Americans
and the African world. They are dedicated activists,
thinkers and writers. Board members are an integral
part of the development of the editorial content
and direction of BlackCommentator.com. In return,
membership on the BC Editorial
Board offers these talented individuals an opportunity
for their articulate and profound voices to
reach an expanded audience. In return, membership
on the BC Editorial Board offers
members an opportunity for their articulate
and profound voices to reach an expanded audience.
BC’s new direction
focuses more attention on issues affecting African
American women, working people, the LGBTQ community
and the African World, while continuing the
overall focus on the struggle for economic justice,
social justice and peace.
Editorial board members submit
writings of their own and other’s, and provide
editorial input. Board members also expect
to be asked for their opinions about particular
issues, topics and articles that should be or
are being considered for inclusion in BC.
The BC Editorial
Board includes the following in alphabetical
order by last name:
- A writer, socio-political thought leader and,
activist. Her grandfather was one of the forefathers
of journalism in Nigeria. She holds a master’s
degree in Social & Political Science from
Cambridge University. Lola’s writing covers
topics such as race and African-American culture
from a black British perspective, American politics,
music, women’s issues and travel. . Her
blog is. lolacreative.com. She
writes a weekly column for The Guardian Online.
You can also visit her on twitter,
and youtube. Click
to contact Ms. Adesioye.
Bloice - A writer in San Francisco,
a member of the National Coordinating Committee
of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy
and Socialism and formerly worked for a healthcare
here to contact Mr. Bloice.
Bond - Board Chairman Emeritus,
NAACP, the largest and oldest civil rights
group in the country. In the 1960s, he co-founded
the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee,
renowned for its organizing work in the fight
against racism. Bond also served 20 years
in the Georgia Legislature, he holds twenty-five
honorary degrees, is a Distinguished Professor
at American University in Washington, DC,
and a Professor in history at the University
Brewer, PhD - Professor of African
American/African Studies, University of Minnesota
and a leader of the Black Radical Congress.
here to contact Dr. Brewer.
Countess - Senior Director of Public
Affairs of TransAfrica
Forum and formerly the National Coordinator,
Africa Program, American Friends Service Committee.
here to contact Ms. Countess.
Jean Daniels, PhD - A writer,
for over thirty years, of commentary, resistance
criticism and cultural theory, and short stories
with a Marxist sensibility to the impact of
cultural narrative violence and its antithesis,
resistance narratives. With entrenched dedication
to justice and equality, she has served as
a coordinator of student and community resistance
projects that encourage the Black Feminist
idea of an equalitarian community and facilitator
of student-teacher communities behind the
walls of academia for the last twenty years.
Dr. Daniels holds a PhD in Modern American
Literatures, with a specialty in Cultural
Theory (race, gender, class narratives) from
Loyola University, Chicago. Click
here to contact Dr. Daniels.
Jennings, PhD - Professor of urban
and environmental policy and planning at Tufts
here to contact Dr. Jennings.
Jones - A writer and organizer
who works among African-American LGBTQ persons
on the grassroots level and is also a rank
and file member of SEIU, Jobs with Justice,
and Pride at Work. Click
here to contact Mr. Jones.
Kilson, PhD - Hails from an African
Methodist background and clergy: From a great-great
grandfather who founded an African Methodist
Episcopal church in Maryland in the 1840s;
from a great-grandfather AME clergyman; from
a Civil War veteran great-grandfather who
founded an African Union Methodist Protestant
church in Pennsylvania in 1885; and from an
African Methodist clergyman father who pastored
in an Eastern Pennsylvania milltown--Ambler,
PA. He attended Lincoln University (PA), 1949-1953,
and Harvard graduate school. Appointed in
1962 as the first African American to teach
in Harvard College and in 1969 he was the
first African American tenured at Harvard.
He retired in 2003 as Frank G. Thomson Professor
of Government, Emeritus. His publications
include: Political Change in a West African
State (Harvard University Press, 1966);
Key Issues in the Afro-American Experience
(Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970); New
States in the Modern World (Harvard University
Press, 1975); The African Diaspora: Interpretive
Essays (Harvard University Press, 1976);
The Making of Black Intellectuals: Studies
on the African American Intelligentsia
(Forthcoming. University of MIssouri Press);
and The Transformation of the African
American Intelligentsia, 1900-2008 (Forthcoming).
here to contact Dr. Kilson.
Sharon Kyle, JD - Is the Co-Founder and Publisher of theLA Progressivean online social justice magazine. With her
husband Dick, she publishes several other print
and online newsletters on political and social
justice issues. In addition to her work with
the LA Progressive, Ms. Kyle holds a Juris Doctorate,
is an adjunct professor at Peoples College of
Law in Los Angeles, and sits on the board of
the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and the
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic
Party.Clickhereto contact the LA Progressive andMs.
Malveaux, PhD - President of Bennett
College for Women. She is an economist, author,
and national commentator. Click
here to contact Dr. Malveaux.
Marable, PhD - One of America’s
most influential and widely read scholars.
Since 1993, Dr. Marable has been Professor
of Public Affairs, Political Science, History
and African-American Studies at Columbia University
in New York City. For ten years, Dr. Marable
was founding director of the Institute for
Research in African-American Studies at Columbia
University, from 1993 to 2003. Dr. Marable
is an author or editor of over 20 books, including
Living Black History (2006); The
Autobiography of Medgar Evers (2005);
Freedom (2002); Black Leadership
(1998); Beyond Black and White (1995);
and How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black
America (1983). His last project was
a major biography of Malcolm X, entitled Malcolm
X: A Life of Reinvention,
to be published by Viking Press which was
published April 4, 2011 three days after Marable's
Click here to contact the family of Dr.
- A freelance writer and photographer living
in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of
Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. Her
blog is bellewetherstate.com. You
may find her photographs at syreetamcfadden.com. You
can also visit her on twitter and facebook. Click here to contact Ms.
Reverend Irene Monroe - A religion columnist, theologian, and public speaker. She is the
Coordinator of the African American Roundtable
of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at the Pacific
School of Religion. A native of Brooklyn, Rev. Monroe is a graduate from Wellesley College
and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia
University, and served as a pastor at an African-American
church before coming to Harvard Divinity School
for her doctorate as a Ford Fellow. She was
recently named to MSNBC’s list of 10 Black Women You Should Know. Reverend Monroe is
the author of Let Your Light Shine Like a Rainbow Always: Meditations on Bible
Prayers for Not-So-Everyday Moments
. As an African American feminist theologian,
she speaks for a sector of society that is
frequently invisible. Her website is irenemonroe.com. Click
to contact the Rev. Monroe.
Mullings, PhD - A Distinguished
Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate
Center, City University of New York. She is
the author or co-author of several books,
including On Our Own Terms: Race, Class
and Gender in the Lives of African American
Women; Freedom: A Photohistory of
the African American People; and Stress
and Resilience: The Social Context of Reproduction
in Central Harlem.. Click
here to contact Dr. Mullings.
Pinkney - a
veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former
Minister of Interior of the Republic of New
Africa, a former political prisoner and the
only American to have successfully self-authored
his civil/political rights case to the United
Nations under the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights. In
connection with his political organizing activities
in opposition to voter suppression, etc.,
Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally
televised PBS NewsHour, formerly known as
The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.
For more about Larry Pinkney see the book,Saying
No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century
Activist and Thinker
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard
here to read excerpts from the book) Click
here to contact Mr. Pinkney.
Pitts, PhD - Labor Policy Specialist
at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research
and Education. Click
here to contact Dr. Pitts.
Long-Scott - Executive Director of
the Women's Economic Agenda Project, (WEAP).
She is known nationally and internationally
for devoting her life to the education and
leadership of people at the losing end of
society, especially women of color. She is
dedicated to economic security and justice
and believes that the US is engaged in a relentless
war against workers and the poor. Click
here to contact Ms. Long-Scott.
V. Simmons - A media professional well
respected in many circles; she studied journalism
and communications at Point Park College in
Pittsburgh , PA, and English at LaSalle University
in Philadelphia, PA. The daughter of two lifelong
social justice, community and civil rights
activists, she is a member of the National
Association of Black Journalists, the world's
largest journalism organization, as well as
its founding chapter, the Philadelphia Association
of Black Journalists. She is also a member
of the Native American Journalists Association.
here to contact Ms. Simmons.
L. (Bill) Strickland - Teaches
political science in the W.E.B.
Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,
where he is also the Director of the Du Bois
Papers Collection. The Du Bois Papers are
housed at the University of Massachusetts
library, which is named in honor of this prominent
African American intellectual and Massachusetts
native. Professor Strickland is a founding
member of the independent black think tank
in Atlanta the Institute of the Black World
headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Strickland
was a consultant to both series of the prize-winning
documentary on the civil rights movement,
on the Prize (PBS Mini Series Boxed Set), and the senior consultant on the PBS documentary,
American Experience: Malcolm X: Make It Plain.
He also wrote the companion book Malcolm
X: Make It Plain.
Most recently, Professor Strickland was a
consultant on the Louis Massiah film on W.E.B.
Du Bois - W.E.B. Du Bois:A Biography in Four Voices.
contact Mr. Strickland.
Turner - Served as a member of
the Boston City Council for ten years and
eleven months. He was a member and founder
of the Fund the Dream campaign and was the
Chair of the Council’s Human Rights
Committee, and Vice Chair of the Hunger and
here to contact Mr. Turner.
a pseudonym for a Gen X writer, newspaper
editor and activist. He is a news analyst
who offers commentaries on contemporary issues
facing the progressive movements in the USA
Click here to
contact brother Turner.
Walters, PhD - Political Analyst, Author
and Professor Emeritus of the University of
Maryland, College Park. His latest book was: The Price of Racial Reconciliation (The Politics of Race and Ethnicity) (University
of Michigan Press). Ron was a columnist
and member of the BC Editorial Board until
his death in September of 2010. Click here
to contact the family of Dr. Walters.
Woods - Co-director of Foreign
Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy
Studies (Woods is from Liberia and brings
an international viewpoint). Click
here to contact Ms. Woods.
Woods, JD - Visiting professor
at the University of Maryland School of Law
from the College of Law at Loyola University,
New Orleans. Click
here to contact Ms. Woods.
The founders of The Black Commentator
were Peter Gamble, the late Susan Lubitz Gamble
and Glen Ford. Peter and Glen met in 1973 when they
worked together as network broadcast journalists
in Washington, D.C. Susan served as art director
for BC and created the original
color palette and graphic design of the publication.
The first issue of BC was published
April 5, 2002.
In 1977 Glen and Peter created America's
Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black
news interview program on commercial television.
Under their guidance, ABF was quoted weekly by national
and international news organizations. A feat no
other Black news entity has accomplished, before
Gamble who serves BC
as Publisher and Chief Technical Officer, is the
recipient of a national Sigma Delta Chi award for
public service in journalism and numerous other
honors for excellence in reporting and investigative
reporting. The "beats" he covered as a
broadcast journalist ranged from activism in the
streets to the State Department and White House.
The lure of a personal computer on his desk inspired
a career change in 1985 and an immersion into what
he saw as the future of communications. The acquisition
of computer programming skills made it possible
for Peter to achieve an important level of self-reliance
in the technology of the 21st century.
Ford served as Co-publisher of BC
until August of 2006.
joined BC in 2005, after a lengthy
career in corporate finance. She holds a cum laude
BA (Music and Psychology) from the University of
Massachusetts and a Masters in Business Administration
from Northeastern University. She is a member of
Beta Gamma Sigma and Gold Star Families for Peace.
She serves BC as Managing Editor.
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