Kevin Powell has brought a contemporary slant to the definition of Renaissance Man. Hailed as one of the most passionate and eloquent voices of his generation, Powell is a versatile young leader, poet, journalist, essayist, public speaker, hip-hop historian, political activist, and social commentator.
Originally a cast member on MTV’s The Real World, Powell established himself as a voice to be heard. He expanded his influence, becoming an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a journalist, quick to reflect on race and the state of today’s youth.
A product of poverty, welfare, and a single mother household, Powell overcame incredible odds to earn his place in the world. An entrepreneur, he has branched out to become CEO of his own entertainment company, a candidate for office, and a leader in the black community.
Powell’s articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Newsweek, Essence, The Washington Post, and Vibe where he interviewed prominent figures from Colin Powell to the late Tupac Shakur. He has written ten books including the best-selling Who’s Gonna Take the Weight: Manhood, Race, and Power in America. His latest book, Open Letters to America, features essays on Powell’s dream for the country to come in the wake of Barack Obama’s historic presidential victory.
An astute and enlightening cultural observer, Powell is exactly what Michael Eric Dyson has called him: “one of America’s most brilliant young cultural critics.”