The ADHD Version
I am a cultural curator and marketer. The thrust of my work continues to be to advocate for and highlight progressive, left-of-center global black culture, which I do through my 10-year-old online magazine, Bold As Love, as well as with the fall 2017 relaunch of my TED-inspired New Black Imagination Festival. From 2013-2015, I co-curated the Sundays At. . . reading series with my wife, author Bridgett M. Davis, and we gave authors of color the opportunity to share works-in-progress with a supportive audience. Throughout my career, I’ve worked in various marketing capacities for brands such as IBM, Burger King, Panasonic, American Honda and General Motors, and have worked for non-profit arts organizations such as the Caribbean Cultural Center, the Black Rock Coalition, the Urbanworld Film Festival and the African Diaspora Film Festival.
My writing has appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Root, The Grio, and PSFK, to name a few.
I am currently the President & Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center. Come through!
The TL; DR* Version
I am a cultural curator with a background in marketing , and a strategic thinker who understands both the business and arts and culture worlds, having worked across music, film and publishing.
With a background in agency account management—stints at UniWorld Group (WPP) and Renegade Marketing Group (Dentsu), I have built brands across multiple sectors: software (IBM), QSR (Burger King); consumer electronics (Panasonic); entertainment (Capitol Records and indie film); automotive (Honda and GM); as well as non-profits (Caribbean Cultural Center, the Black Rock Coalition, and the Brand Activation Association). I’m experienced at creating content and programming around specific needs, lifestyles and interests that helped communities coalesce and grow.
In 2011, I launched the TED-inspired New Black Imagination Festival, a platform for forward-looking, global black culture. The Festival is a natural outgrowth of the work that I’ve been doing on my black alt music and culture magazine Bold As Love (Boldaslove.us), which I started in 2007 and features news, reviews, interviews and commentary focused on the state of contemporary global black culture. In 2010, I published the first set of results from quantitative research into attitudes and buying preferences of this audience.
I’ve been a frequent guest on NPR, and have written for Forbes, the creative business site PSFK, the Huffington Post, TheRoot.com, TheGrio.com and EbonyJet.com, among others. I’ve hosted artist interviews for BET/CentricTV, and was a panelist at SXSW 2009 and SXSW 2010, where he interviewed seminal black punk band Death. I’ve also spoken at CMJ in both 2009 and 2013, and at the Indiana University’s Black Rock Conference.
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