2013 The Root 100

Jamil Smith keeps a critical eye on keen issues of the day, especially around race and gender.

  • Influence: 172.3
  • Reach: 10.46
  • Substance: 7.3
  • Media Mentions: 33
  • Internet Mentions: 37900
  • Twitter Followers: 22302
  • Jamil Smith

  • Segment producer for Melissa Harris-Perry writes about race and gender.
  • Job: Segment producer, writer
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @JamilSmith
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Age: 38
  • Bio:

    Jamil Smith cut his teeth in politics at MSNBC as a segment producer and blogger for The Rachel Maddow Show after a successful career in sports TV during which he won three Emmys. He then became a producer for Melissa Harris-Perry, where his work around the NYPD's use of stop and frisk and the George Zimmerman trial and verdict offered needed critical analyses of complicated and emotionally charged issues. Smith is a proud proponent of intersectionality and is a frequent contributor to the New Republic and MSNBC on matters of race and, perhaps surprisingly to some, gender: "Applying the standards of ending sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression should come as easy as breathing to black men, people who consistently find ourselves regarded as targets," he told The Root.

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  • Fun Fact: Smith studied British law in a summer-college program at Oxford University when he was 16.