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Holy shit have we assembled an amazing group of contributors.

Journalists, activists, organizers, policy experts, campaign veterans and comedians – who bring a range of experiences and perspectives. I mean, look at these heavy hitters.

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Julissa Arce

Author of My (Underground) American Dream
Julissa Arce is a truly great speaker, writer and author of My (Underground) American Dream. She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women of 2017, super fancy. 

Her book is being developed as a television series at FOX with producer America Ferrera. She doesn’t know when it will air. Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF). She serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center and CollegeSpring.  She became an American citizen in 2014.  She lives in Los Angeles with her two awesome cats and her fiancé. Julissa is working on her second book, Someone Like Me, and has many thousands of words left to write.

FEATURES

CNN: Ivanka Trump once loved the story of an undocumented immigrant

CNBC: Here’s the myth about being an undocumented immigrant that drives me crazy

BOLD: Is CCA Helping the Criminal Justice System or Just Rebranding?

Kara Brown

Co-Host, Keep It
Kara Brown is a writer currently staffed on Freeform’s Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish.

Previously, she was a senior writer for Jezebel where she covered pop culture, race, television and all things Real Housewives. Her work has also appeared in Glamour Magazine, Billboard and New York Magazine’s The Cut. She is also a contributor to Shonda Rhimes’ lifestyle site, Shondaland.com, and maintains FancyPastaBitch.com, a blog about her adventures making fresh pasta. Kara was featured as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Hollywood and entertainment, class of 2018.

Akilah Hughes

Writer, Comedian, and YouTuber
Akilah Hughes is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber residing in Brooklyn, NY.

She’s been a digital correspondent for MTV, Fusion, Comedy Central, and more. A Sundance Labs Fellow, Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is publishing a collection of her personal essays. Her comedic YouTube channel, “It’s Akilah, Obviously!” has amassed more than 150,000 subscribers and she is currently the host of GK Now on Scripps’ Genius Kitchen streaming service.

FEATURES

YouTube: Tomi Lahren blocked me on Twitter

YouTube: Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome #RDFS

YouTube: How it sounds when you write about millennials

Alyssa Mastromonaco

New York Times Bestselling Author
Alyssa Mastromonaco’s recent book, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea about her time working for President Obama and being a short woman with gastrointestinal issues and an advocate for free tampons was a New York Times Best Seller and she is very proud of that.

She loves pinot noir, persian rescue cats, jambands generally, the Grateful Dead specifically and if she could have lunch with one person it would either be Stevie Nicks or Jennifer Aniston. DM her if you want to know why.

FEATURES

Lenny Letter: To Bro or Not to Bro?

Broadly, VICE Media: A Letter to Young Women: How We Will All Move Forward Together Now

Washington Post: Opinions – Being informed and fashionable is natural for women

Tim Miller

Partner at Definers
Tim Miller is a partner at Definers, a strategic communications and research firm.

He was previously Communications Director for Jeb Bush 2016, senior advisor to the GOP’s leading anti-Trump Super PAC “Our Principles,” and co-founder of the largest GOP opposition research organization – America Rising. Prior to that he was a spokesperson at the Republican National Committee and for several campaigns. Buzzfeed called Tim a “puckish” operative, a descriptor he enjoys. POLITICO said Tim is among the GOP’s “most digitally fluent and social media savvy” operatives – which was a nice way of saying “spends far too much time on Twitter.” (Note: Tim has been unfollowed on Twitter by Jon Lovett on several occasions).

FEATURES

The Daily Beast: ‘Winning’ Is Trump’s Only Value—But Can a Value-Less Country Win?

The Daily Beast: No Exit: Donald Trump & The Imperial Presidency

The Ringer: The Conservative Case Against Donald Trump

 

Brittany Packnett

Activist, Educator, Writer
Brittany Packnett is an unapologetic educator, activist, writer, and national leader in social justice.

Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, she is Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America, where she leads partnerships with communities of color. Brittany is Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence, and the author of the popular blog series, Falling in Love, which challenges women of all backgrounds to move boldly into their power. Recently she founded Love + Power, a platform to inspire and outfit people for justice.  An active protestor, she sat on the Ferguson Commission and President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. She speaks worldwide and has graced the cover of Essence Magazine.  Brittany has been named one TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, LinkedIn’s Next Wave, received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and shares the number 3 spot on Politico’s 2016 Most Influential list.

Ben Rhodes

Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama
Ben Rhodes served as a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama from 2009-2017.

In that capacity, he participated in nearly all of President Obama’s key decisions, and oversaw the President’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy and global engagement programming. He also led the secret negotiations with the Cuban government which resulted in the effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, and supported the negotiations to conclude the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Before joining the Obama campaign as a speechwriter, from 2002-2007 he worked for former Congressman Lee Hamilton, supporting his work on the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group. A native New Yorker, mostly-suffering Mets, Knicks and Jets fan, Ben currently leads a global deep state that controls all levers of power in the world.

Erin Ryan

Senior editor at The Daily Beast
Erin Gloria Ryan is a senior editor at The Daily Beast and a contributor to CNN.

She was born in Frederic, Wisconsin and raised by wolves. She somehow made her way onto a turnip truck that dropped her off at the University of Notre Dame, where she learned how to drink and that football will only lead to heartbreak. Post-college, she moved to Chicago where she served a year as an Americorps VISTA at the University of Chicago’s Neighborhood Schools Program. She was hired as a staff writer at the website Jezebel in 2011, and in 2012, she moved to New York City to pursue her writing career and grow bangs like a good feminist. Since moving to New York, she’s written for the VH1 show Best Week Ever, worked her way up the masthead to Managing Editor at Jezebel, written for the New York Times and Playboy, among other publications. She currently lives alone in Manhattan with her cat, like a total goddamn cliche.

FEATURES

The Daily Beast: The 2001 VMAs: A Tacky Pre-9/11 Goodbye to Innocence

The New York Times: We’ll Miss You, Sean Spicer

The Daily Beast: Fox News Is Like Porn for Aggrieved Men

Symone Sanders

CNN Political Commentator
A champion for women, Symone D. Sanders is a democratic strategist, communications consultant and CNN Political Commentator who rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.

At 25, Symone demonstrated an uncanny command of the issues earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record and a spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election. Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis on political and social issues. Her lively presentations challenge the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements.

FEATURES

Media Matters for America:”We cannot and shall not equate white supremacy with anything else

The Cut: Interview – Just Try and Silence Symone Sanders

The Daily Beast: WTF??? Ken Cuccinelli Tells Symone Sanders to ‘Shut Up’ on CNN

Samuel Sinyangwe

News Crew, Pod Save the People
Samuel Sinyangwe, 26, is a policy analyst and data scientist who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through cutting-edge policies and strategies.

Samuel co-founded Mapping Police Violence to support activists across the country to collect and use data to fight police violence and co-founded Campaign Zero to advocate for local, state, and federal policy solutions to end police violence. Samuel has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, LA Times, the Forbes 30 under 30 and The Root 100. Previously, Samuel worked at PolicyLink to support a national network of 61 Promise Neighborhoods communities to build cradle-to-career systems of support for low-income families. He grew up in Orlando, FL and graduated from Stanford University in 2012, where he studied how race and racism impact the U.S. political system.

Clint Smith 

Writer, Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University
Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation.

He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and a recipient of the 2017 Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The New Republic, and numerous other publications. He is the author of Counting Descent (2016), which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He was born and raised in New Orleans.

Louis Virtel

Co-Host, Keep It
Louis Virtel is a writer, comedian, and entertainment journalist who has written for HitFix, Billboard, “Billy on the Street,” “Match Game,” and TVLand’s “Throwing Shade.”

His pop culture expertise has landed him panelist positions on CNN Newsroom, VH1, Logo, and the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable. Also, he’s the guy who snapped his fingers on “Jeopardy!”, which remains a fine GIF for any occasion.