Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb

With wit, style, and pop culture cred, Jelani Cobb is one of the cleverest voices in today’s conversations around race issues. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he’s an expert on how race, politics, and popular culture intersect in America, and is known sharing his brilliant opinions on current events in real time—for example, Jelani is featured in the recent hit Netflix documentary 13th, which explores the state of mass incarceration in America. Author of highly-acclaimed book The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, he also writes on more pressing and somber issues, like police shootings, subsequent riots, and the public response. As the preeminent voice on race and injustice, Jelani eloquently explores local and up-to-the-minute events, how they fit in to the complex web of racism in America, and how to push towards equity.