Mychal Denzel Smith
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    Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and blogger for He is the author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education (Nation Books 2016). As a freelance writer, social commentator, and mental health advocate, his work has been seen online in outlets such as the Atlantic, Salon, Al Jazeera English, Gawker, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Root, the Grio, and GOOD.

    His writing covers a range of topics, including but not limited to race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip-hop, mental health, feminism, and black male identity, particularly for millennials in the age of Obama.

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Featured Work
  • What Mizzou Knew
  • One year later, the University of Missouri football team's boycott hasn't been duplicated. Colin Kaepernick's silent protest is a start, but what if pro athletes refused to play?

  • A Q&A With Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter
  • In the first of a series of interviews with the three creators of Black Lives Matter, on February 21, 2015, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we spoke about imagining a world where the fact that “Black Lives Matter” is self-evident.

  • A New Generation of Black Activism
  • How Trayvon Martin's death sparked a host of new groups that are reviving the grassroots fight for racial equality.

  • The Death of Michael Brown
  • Black America is left searching for that ever-elusive sense of justice — but what is justice?

  • Do the Right Thing
  • Twenty-five years after Spike Lee's groundbreaking film, Americans still need to ask some hard questions.

Featured Video
  • Mychal Denzel Smith on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry discussing how we talk about race, August 4, 2013.
  • On Up with Steve Kornacki, Mychal Denzel Smith discusses how the defense invoked the protection of white womanhood in the Zimmerman trial, July 14, 2013.