2013 The Root 100

Kortney Ryan Ziegler gives voice to black transgender people through art and scholarship.

  • Influence: 196.7
  • Reach: 9.45
  • Substance: 8
  • Media Mentions: 12
  • Internet Mentions: 71300
  • Twitter Followers: 3037
  • Kortney Ryan Ziegler

  • One of very few trans men who write and do art around queer and transgender issues; his acclaimed blog, blac(k)ademic.
  • Job: Filmmaker, visual artist, writer, academic
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @fakerapper
  • Location: Oakland, Calif.
  • Age: 32
  • Bio:

    "I've realized that the plight of being a black man in America is not what I understood it to be when I was not living as a black man in America," says Kortney Ryan Ziegler. "What I mean by that is just it's really sad the way people fear me. Or the way that people see me and don't see me. I'm very hyper-visible." Ziegler can also be said to be hyperproductive. He is a scholar (the first African American to receive a doctorate in African-American studies from Northwestern University), a filmmaker, blogger, entrepreneur and social activist. The thread that holds everything together weaves around race, queer-trans issues and gender. Ziegler's best-known work is the 2008 film Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen, and the smart, sometimes poignant, but always accessible blog, blac(k)ademic, which touches on issues from pop culture (Orange Is the New Black) to black masculinity

    Visit his website and like his Facebook page.