23 Black Political Pundits You Should Know

They give us the scoop from inside and outside the Beltway.

Top row: Donna Brazile; Jason Johnson; Heather McGhee; Van Jones. Bottom row: Marc Lamont Hill; Angela Rye; Michael Steele; Nia-Malika Henderson.
Top row: Donna Brazile; Jason Johnson; Heather McGhee; Van Jones. Bottom row: Marc Lamont Hill; Angela Rye; Michael Steele; Nia-Malika Henderson. Top row: THIS WEEK/ABC NEWS; AL JAZEERA ENGLISH; MEET THE PRESS/NBC; CNN. Bottom row: CNN; CNN; MSNBC; CNN.

In this political season where the ghost of the Southern strategy has risen again via Donald Trump, political analysis from African Americans is more vital than ever. We need their thoughts, insight, wit and wisdom. Here are The Roots top black political analysts, reporters, strategists and public intellectuals who we tune into when we want to better understand life inside and outside the Beltway.

1. Van Jones

Jones went from being out of a job in the Obama administration to becoming one of the most familiar faces on CNN. Already a leader in the advocacy community around tech and green issues, Jones expanded his repertoire as a commentator, and his March 1 “Jones vs. Jeffrey Lord” confrontation on CNN was one of the most memorable TV exchanges in years. Jones won.   

2. Nia-Malika Henderson

After moving from Politico to the Washington Post, Henderson is probably seen by more people than any other African-American political correspondent as CNN’s senior political reporter.  

3. Michael Steele

One of the few black Republicans seen regularly on the television circuit, and also one of the most direct and blunt when it comes to the inner workings of the GOP—something he knows more about than almost anyone, since he is the former Republican National Committee chairman.  

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