• Cathy J. Cohen

    Publisher/Founder of BYP

    Professor, Department of Political Science Cathy J. Cohen, is Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU, 1997). Cohen currently serves as co- editor with Frederick Harris of a book series from Oxford University Press entitled “Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities.” Cohen’s general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements. (Click here for full bio)

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  • Hari Ziyad

    Managing Editor

    Hari Ziyad is a New York-based storyteller, the author of BLACK BOY OUT OF TIME (Little A, 2021), and the Editor-in-Chief of RaceBaitR. Their work has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines, The Root, AFROPUNK and Paste Magazine among other publications. They are also an assistant editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose. Find out more at

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  • Sherronda J. Brown

    Deputy Editor

    Essayist. Editor. Researcher. Digital Activist. Reformed Blackademic. Enjoys writing pop culture and media analysis through a Black feminist lens with historical and cultural context. Enamored with Black monstrosity, Black survival, and Black resistance in the horror genre. Obsessed with zombie lore and haunting narratives. Read more of her work at Wear Your Voice Magazine, RaceBaitR, Roaring Gold, Brown Girls Out Loud, and werdbrew.

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  • Isra Ibrahim

    Staff Writer

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  • Daniel Johnson

    Staff Writer

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  • Rachael Edwards

    Social Media Coordinator

    Rachael the Lord is a writer and performer based in New York. She writes about Blackness, pop-culture, faith, feminism, fanfiction and arts equity. She is the Social Media Coordinator for RaceBaitR. Follow the Lord on twitter @rachaelthelord

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  • Ashley NKadi

    Social Media Coordinator

    University of Cincinnati Grad, B.S. Neuroscience. Scholar-Activist. Founder of the Irate 8 & Noir Magazine. Founder of the Winterfell Chapter of the NAACP. President of the Black Student Union at Wakanda U. Ashley loves God, her mama, being Bliggity Black, Gucci Mane, cheese, potatoes, and eyebrow maintenance. In that order.

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