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Jeff Johnson  

MSNBC Contributor and White House Correspondent for The Grio

An award-winning journalist, social activist, and political commentator, Jeff Johnson is well known for his conversations with world figures and his trailblazing efforts as a voice for positive social change.

As a MSNBC contributor and White House correspondent for The Grio, an African American web site owned by NBC, Johnson covers important issues facing the nation. Originally known as BET's "Cousin Jeff," Jeff Johnson has parlayed his commitment to making the world a better place into a diverse career, shedding light on the issues that matter most. He has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, working as senior advisor for media and youth outreach for People for the American Way, as national director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and as the vice president of Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network. His book, Everything I'm Not Made Me Everything I Am, was released in September 2009.

Widely recognized for his socio-political influence, Jeff Johnson earned a reputation as the "conscience voice" of BET Networks, for his positive influence among youth and young adults. His commitment to fostering broad-based communication about issues related to race, politics, pop culture, and socioeconomics has led to his career as one of the country's most in-demand diversity speakers, addressing large crowds and encouraging audiences to speak truth to power.


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