Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Correspondent at MicNews, Co-Managing/Editor at The Feminist Wire and writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University. Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives Darnell’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, youth development and other social justice issues in the U.S. and abroad. He is the host of Mic's digital series, The Movement. A prolific writer, Darnell has been published in various media outlets including MSNBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, EBONY, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Gawker, Truth Out, VICE, Guernica, Mondoweiss, Thought Catalog, Good Men Project and others, as well as numerous academic journals including QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making, Women Studies Quarterly, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, Transforming Anthropology, Black Theology: An International Journal, and Harvard Journal of African American Policy, among others. He also edited the art book Nicolaus Schmidt: Astor Place, Broadway, New York: A Universe of Hairdressers (Kerber Verlag) and has published essays in several edited books.
Tiq Milan has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. He is also a writer and journalist who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. He is a regular on-air contributor to Huff Post Live and various MSNBC news outlets and has penned articles for BET.com, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Source, Vibe and others on issues facing the LGBT movement. Tiq is the former editor-in-chief of IKONS magazine, an LGBT pop culture magazine, and has been a freelance pop culture journalist for several years, interviewing people from Jay-Z to Cicely Tyson. Recently married to Toronto based artist and educator Kim Katrin Milan, they together speak about creating love in queer communities of color and intersectional approaches to human rights activism in North America and abroad.
Currently, Preston is a Policy Research Analyst at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), where he provides ongoing in-depth analysis of new data, policies, and programs within and across sexual and reproductive health and rights – including HIV/AIDS, maternal health, family planning, gender-based violence, and human rights. Prior to joining CHANGE, Preston was a judicial law clerk to Magistrate Judges S. Pamela Gray and Errol R. Arthur at the D.C. Superior Court, and was a Policy Analyst for LGBT and racial justice issues at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, D.C. At CAP, he published over 15 columns on workplace discrimination, health, the school-to-prison pipeline, and social commentary on hot-button issues. In 2014, he co-authored a groundbreaking report, “Beyond Bullying: How Hostile School Climate Perpetuates the School-to-Prison Pipeline for LGBT Youth.”
Preston serves on the Boards of the Washington Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division and the Black Youth Project (BYP100) DC Chapter, and has written for “theGrio,” “The Atlantic,” “Huffington Post,” and “Ebony,” “Advocate.com,” and others.
Mychal Denzel Smith
Mychal Denzel Smith is a contributing writer at The Nation, a blogger at TheNation.com, and an Alfred Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, published in 2016 by Nation Books. Smith is also a freelance writer and social commentator. His work on race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip hop, mental health, feminism, and black male identity has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, Ebony, The Grio, The Root, The Huffington Post, and GOOD magazine.
Jamil Smith is a Senior National Correspondent with MTV News. Most recently, he was a Senior Editor at New Republic, where he wrote and edited columns and features for both print and digital. There, Smith also hosted the podcast INTERSECTION, which dealt with identity politics. Prior to that, he served as a segment producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "Melissa Harris-Perry." Smith's bylines have also appeared in the Washington Post, Ebony.com, and theGrio. Previous stops include NFL Films, HBO Sports, CNN and the William Morris Agency.