Michael Skolnik is the Political Director to hip-hop pioneer, Russell Simmons and the Editor-In-Chief of GlobalGrind.com, an online destination founded by Mr. Simmons. As his role as Political Director, Michael oversees Mr. Simmons’ entire social justice and political activities. The focus of their work together is based around three core themes: education, poverty and ignorance. GlobalGrind reaches over 4.5 million people a month, predominantly serving a multi-racial segment of the 18-34 population, covering entertainment and celebrity news, style, music and politics.
Michael has appeared regularly on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, HLN, Al-Jazeera, Current TV, Sirius/XM and the BBC, where he has discussed a wide range of topics from the Trayvon Martin case to efforts to reduce gun violence to the youth participation in the 2012 election. A leading voice on social media, his 2012 essay titled, “White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin” was shared over 190,000 times on Facebook and was credited as one of the catalysts of bringing that story to national attention. His 62,000+ person twitter following has allowed for his tweets to be featured on the Rachel Maddow Show, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable and various other media outlets.
Michael serves on the Board of Directors for The Trayvon Martin Foundation. He is also active on the Leadership Council of Gen44, the Democratic Party’s group for young professionals, and was an official surrogate for the 2012 Obama campaign.
Prior to his work for Mr. Simmons, Michael spent over a decade as an award winning film director and producer. He is a graduate of UCLA.