jimi izrael is a writer and journalist from East Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a baccalaureate degree from Cleveland State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Spalding Unversity. His opinion appears in the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, American Spectator, Jezebel.com The Plain Dealer, and elsewhere. As a staff writer for the United Church of Christ, one of the largest mainline Protestant denominations in the world, he won religious news-writing and editing awards. As a staff writer for New Times’ Cleveland Scene, he won awards for investigative and consumer journalism. He logs appearances on CSPAN, CNN, BBC, COUNTDOWN with Keith Olberman, Fox News Network’s “Hannity & Colmes” and “The O’Reilly Factor” as a pundit and culture critic.
Currently, he moderates “The Barbershop” for National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More with Michel Martin.” As an adjunct professor, he was a Presidential Fellow at Case Western Reserve University and teaches film and new media courses for Cuyahoga Community College.
He is the author of “The Denzel Principle,” released on St. Martin’s Press. As a screenwriter, he has optioned two scripts, “S-Town” and “The New Binky Show” to Hollywood producers and is currently shopping and developing a premium cable sitcom vehicle,”PornStar,” with adult film icon Mr. Marcus slated to star.
As a lecturer, he speaks at conferences, colleges and universities on topics ranging from alternative journalism and opinion/editorial writing to hip-hop music, film, culture and politics.
To speak with him, call him at (216) 236-3975 or e-mail email@example.com
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