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Biography

I've followed the racial and ethnic transformation of American identity for over 20 years as a journalist, essayist, commentator, speaker and an author.

My most recent book “…And I Haven’t Had A Bad Day Since,” is the memoir of co-writer Rep. Charles B. Rangel, of Harlem, chairman of the House Ways and Means committee.

My first book, “American Skin: Big Business, Pop Culture and the End of White America,” was published in August 2002 to strong reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times.

Once upon a time I created the Wall Street Journal’s monthly “Business & Race” column and wrote it from 1989 to 1999.

My commentaries on race, popular culture and life observed have been heard on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” since 1993. I've also published two dozen essays in newspapers and magazines including the Wall Street Journal, Savoy, the Washington Post and New York Newsday, among others.

As a public speaker, I've had the oportunity to share my big ideas with marketers at Time-Warner, Pepsico, Glaxo SmithKline, Cox Cable and the Strategic Research Institute.

A former commercial banker, I entered journalism as a Washington Post staff reporter in 1980, where I covered education and racial change in suburban Prince George's County, Md. I joined the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau in 1984, and covered the federal banking beat on Capitol Hill, as well as federal telecommunication and technology policy.

A native New Yorker, I received my undergraduate degree from Yale (1974, Psychology) and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business (1979, Economics). I now live in Queens with my wife, Marie Florence. I have one child, Grace, by a previous marriage.

Interests

pop culture, marketing, music, sports, politics, advertising, Apple, digital technology