Who We Are

Racialicious Staff

Latoya Peterson

Latoya PetersonA certified media junkie, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on culture with a special focus on video games, film, television, and music. Skilled in interviewing and creative non-fiction, Latoya Peterson spends her time editing the award winning blog Racialicious.com – the intersection of race and pop culture. She is a Contributing Editor for The Root.com and Content Producer for the Online News Association.

Her work has been published in Spin, Vibe, The American Prospect, The Atlantic Blog, Bitch Magazine, Clutch Magazine, the Women’s Review of Books, Slate‘s Double X, The Poynter Institute, The Root.com and the Guardian. She was a contributor to Jezebel.com. Her essay, “The Not Rape Epidemic” was published in the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (Seal Press, 2008). She also contributed “The Feminist Existential Crisis (Dark Children Remix)” to the anthology Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism (CCPA, 2011).

As a digital media consultant, Latoya Peterson has worked with brands like NPR, Wikipedia, and Weber-Shandwick to provide demographic analysis, ideas on improving user experience, and specialized outreach. She is also a guest host for WEAA’s The Michael Eric Dyson Show and a contributor/substitute digital producer for Al-Jazeera’s The Stream.

Her perspectives have been quoted in Essence, The Boston Globe, CNN, the Guardian, the Austin Chronicle, and Newsweek and she regularly speaks on topics of race, gender, and social media at conferences like Women, Action and the Media and South by Southwest Interactive.

She is currently working on projects related to race, pop culture, and video games, and will speak for a fourth time at SXSW Interactive 2011 on issues of technology and social justice. She is a Poynter Institute Sensemaking Fellow, and one of the inaugural Public Media Corps fellows. Latoya is based in Washington, DC.

Email: latoya@racialicious.com/ Twitter: @racialicious, @latoyapeterson/ Facebook: Latoya Peterson, Racialicious/ Other Projects: latoyapeterson.com

Arturo R. García
Managing Editor

Arturo covers the geekier side of the spectrum for The R, but his interests literally span the globe: international cinema, swing-dancing, mixtape-crafting, podcasting, sci-fi, comic books and all-around snark. He has also branched out into the DJ world, spinning at local goth events, at the 2010 San Diego Geek Pride Festival; events hosted by Geek Girls Network at the 2010 and 2011 San Diego Comic-Cons, and most recently, he’s part of the team behind Bootie San Diego, a spin-off of the international mash-up event chain. Besides his own columns, Arturo has also collaborated with the group of contributors known as the Algonquin SnarkTable, dissecting shows like Heroes and Flash Forward. He broadcasts from San Diego, but likes to note that as with empires of old, the sun never sets on him.

Email: arturo@racialicious.com /Twitter: @aboynamedart /Other Projects: Addicted to Race 2.0

Tope Fadiran Charlton
Contributing Editor

Tope is the founder and editor of Are Women Human?, a space for queer feminist and critical race analysis of religion, media, and pop culture. As a freelance writer she has contributed to The Guardian, Salon, Religion Dispatches, TIME.com, and other outlets. Follow Tope on Twitter: @graceishuman.

Hall of Fame
Carmen Van Kerckhove-Sognovi, Co-Founder of Racialicious.com, New Demographic and Mixed Media Watch

Carmen SognoviCarmen Van Kerckhove was the co-founder and president of New Demographic, a consulting firm that helps people learn about the real issues behind race and racism. She published Racialicious, an award-winning, influential blog about race and pop culture. Van Kerckhove was a regular commentator on NPR and wrote for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) web site. Her perspectives on race and racism were featured in Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, Crain’s New York Business, and The Nation magazine. Carmen has appeared on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera English, Washington Post Radio, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and PBS’s Asian America. She hosted Addicted to Race, a podcast about America’s obsession with race, and published Anti-Racist Parent (now Love Isn’t Enough, run by Tami Winfrey Harris), a blog for parents committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook, and Race in the Workplace, a blog that explores how race and racism influence our working lives.

Carmen decided to retire from public activism in May of 2010, though her commitment to racial justice remains strong.

She now runs Urban Martial Arts with her husband Serge. They live with their daughter Sean in Brooklyn, New York.

Jen Chau, co-Founder, Racialicious, New Demographic, Mixed Media Watch, and Founder of Swirl Inc.

Jen Chau Jen Chau is the Founder and Executive Director of Swirl, a multiracial community committed to initiating and sustaining cross-racial, cross-cultural dialogue. She is also an independent consultant focused on supporting non-profits with their efforts around organizational development, change management, building HR processes, diversity work, and executive coaching. Jen’s perspectives on race and racism have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, Jen has appeared on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and PBS’s Asian America as an expert on topics surrounding diversity, race issues, and mixed race identity.

Jen received her BA in Women’s Studies at Wellesley College and her MS in Organizational Change Management from Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy. She currently lives in New York City and writes about her experiences in activism, leadership, and life at The Time Is Always Right.

Jessica Danforth
Former Special Correspondent

Jessica Danforth is the Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice throughout the United States and Canada.

Projects: Native Sexual Health Network

Fatemeh Fakhraie
Former Special Correspondent

Fatemeh FakhraieFatemeh Fakhraie is an editor, author, and blogger who writes about issues from her perspective as Iranian-American Muslim woman. She writes about Islamic feminism, Islam, and race for several online and print outlets, including Racialicious, Bitch Magazine, and AltMuslimah. In 2007, Fatemeh founded Muslimah Media Watch, a website dedicated to critically analyzing images of Muslim women in global media and pop culture. She is editor-in-chief of the website, in addition to serving as an Associate Editor for AltMuslimah. In 2009, Fatemeh published her first book, Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Hijab Styles in Urban Iranian Women, a textbook version of her master’s thesis.

Personal Website: FatemehFakhraie.com/ Twitter: @fatemehf / Other Projects: MuslimahMediaWatch.org

Joseph Lamour
Former Fashion and Entertainment Editor

Joseph Lamour not only writes about Scandal happenings and Vogue foibles for Racialicious, but he also does art direction, graphic/web design, illustration… basically anything arts-related. He’s even styled nominees for The Grammies.

A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Joe spends his time drawing, writing articles and lyrics, (he’s a singer too,) and designing. His clients have included Smithsonian Latino Center, Pace-Wildenstein Gallery, The Kennedy Center, The Pentagon, and The White House, among others.

Joseph would like you to know that he enjoys a good mystery, including Harlan Coben and Charlaine Harris novels. His love for the latter led him here: First talking about everyone’s favorite telepathic waitress for Racialicious’ True Blood roundtables, and now for a more in depth look at fashion, entertainment, and their relation to the racial landscape. He also posts at his own blog, Joe Lamour Everyday.

Twitter: @rococococoa / Other Projects: Joe Lamour Design

Thea Lim
Former Deputy Editor

Thea LimThea Lim grew up in Singapore and Toronto, and she now lives in Houston.  Her writing has been published by the Utne Readerthe Atlantic MonthlyBitch Magazine, and Jezebel, and in 2007  her novel The Same Woman was releasedby Invisible Publishing. She is also pleased to report that her ideas on race and culture have started to infiltrate college textbooks. She co-facilitated the famed Asian Arts Freedom School in Toronto, she was poached from the award-winning Shameless Magazine blog, and she moonlights as a nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast.  She is a (anti-imperialist) Third Culture Kid.  She really likes Mariah Carey, but she won’t be upset if you don’t.

Thea is currently writing the next great Singaporean-Canadian-American novel, and is the non fiction editor of Gulf Coast Journal.

Email: thea@racialicious.com / Personal Website: www.thealim.org /Twitter: @thea_lim

Wendi Muse, Former Special Correspondent

Wendi was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to New York to attend NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study. At NYU she was a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar and did a concentration on “legal and cultural studies of oppressed and marginalized people,” which she sometimes abbreviates on her resume as “cross-cultural analysis” as to not confuse employers or the weak of (bleeding) heart. When not globe-trotting or planning her next move, she’s killing time blogging about -ISMs, dancing up a storm, and studying Portuguese.

Wendi Muse was with Racialicious from 2007 to 2009, and is known for her work on race, beauty, and her series The Brazil Files. Now a writer, music afficionado, and everyman sartorial critic living in NYC. She has since moved on to start RetailDJ.

Nadra Kareem Nittle, Former Special Correspondent

Nadra KareemA Chicago native and Occidental College graduate, Nadra Kareem has written for a wide range of print and online publications. She currently writes about diversity issues at racerelations.about.com for New York Times company About.com. Her writing has also appeared in The Source magazine and Outreach magazine, as well as the Los Angeles Times, the El Paso Times, the Santa Fe Reporter and the L.A. Watts Times. In addition, an essay she wrote can be found in the new book Mezcla, available from Mouthfeel Press. She lives in Los Angeles.

Nadra Kareem was with Racialicious from 2008-2010. She now writes for About.com and runs their Race Relations section.

Andrea J. Plaid
Former Sexual Correspondent

Andrea PlaidAndrea (AJ) Plaid writes as the official Sexual Correspondent at Racialicious, where she explores the crucial nexus of race and sex in popular culture from her homebase in Brooklyn, NY. Her perspectives on race, gender, and sex have been featured in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Bitch Magazine. She was a contributor to Change.org. Her work has been republished at Penthouse, Wiretap Magazine, and RaceWire.

Twitter: @andreaplaid/ Other Projects: AJ’s Headspace