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Farai Chideya

Award-Winning Author & Analyst on the Future of Work, Jobs, Presidential Politics & Race Relations

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and diversity during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. Chideya is currently a political contributor to WNYC, where she also hosts a series of town hall meetings on public affairs, and is an advisor to the technology and ecommerce company Etsy. In the 2010-2011 school year,…

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Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and diversity during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. Chideya is currently a political contributor to WNYC, where she also hosts a series of town hall meetings on public affairs, and is an advisor to the technology and ecommerce company Etsy.

In the 2010-2011 school year, Chideya served as “Leader in Residence” at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, where she focused on media training the next generation of public policy leaders. The culmination of her work at the Powell Center was a forum at the Schomburg Library, “Civic Engagement in the Era of New Media.”

In 2010, in partnership with WNYC and American Public Media, Chideya produced multimedia political specials about the midterm election. The team behind “Pop and Politics with Farai Chideya” road-tripped through America to interview people about economic anxiety and national identity crises concerning religion, immigration, and race.  The project aired on over 100 stations across America, and won “Best Radio Documentary” from the National Association of Black Journalists. Additional video and social media assets are archived at PopandPolitics.com, which Chideya originally launched as a blog in 1995. In conjunction with her student journalism training work via Pop and Politics, Chideya taught in previous years at the University of Southern California and San Francisco State University.

From 2006 to early 2009, Chideya hosted NPR’s News and Notes. She interviewed candidates during the 2008 election including then-Senator Barack Obama; public figures including First Lady Laura Bush; covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from the ground; and did a special series of investigative reports on drugs and homelessness on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. In previous years, she has been a reporter for Newsweek and ABC News, a political analyst for CNN, and a host for the Oxygen Network. She continues to appear on television and radio as a cultural commentator. Appearances have included ABC’s Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Chideya and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.

Chideya  has written three nonfiction books: Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; The Color of Our Future; and Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans, plus a novel, Kiss the Sky. All four of her books have been taught at the college level in subjects from ethnic studies to pop culture.

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Working It: Winning On the Job Without Losing Yourself
Could you imagine your job not only paying your bills, but enhancing your quality of life, and fitting in line with your ethical beliefs? It’s not only possible; it’s probable — if you have the right tools. For many people, work seems like an emotional dead-end, or even worse, an ethical or health quagmire. Without sugar-coating the challenges facing Americans, Farai Chideya leads an economic overview and a searching self-analysis that can make you a winner not only financially, but in terms of life/work/family balance and health.

What Happens to Equality When We’re All Minorities?
The Census predicts that a generation from now, America will have no racial majority. But that doesn’t mean we will be an equal society. How do we keep our eyes on the prize of equality as we head towards a “post-majority” era? Using powerful visual and multimedia aids as well as a dynamic town-hall format, Chideya walks us through what it means to have a truly inclusive vision of equality that embraces the best of the American dream.

Embracing the Global “We”
As the daughter of an African father and an American mother — a mother who had served in Morocco in the Peace Corps before marrying and starting a family — Farai Chideya understood the world was vast from a very young age. Unfortunately, in a time of global economic turmoil, xenophobia within and between nations has become common. As someone who has visited 25+ countries and 45+ U.S. states, Chideya explains why the diversity within America’s borders uniquely prepares us for global leadership, and how to proceed with a sense of optimism rather than fear about our increasingly global society — connected not just by geopolitics, but by pop music, social media, and innovation.

Women’s Empowerment: Loving Your Inner “Impostor”
Like so many high-achieving women, Farai Chideya has struggled with believing that she was deserving of the gifts the world gave her. At 25, she was a political analyst on CNN, a book author, and one of the first bloggers in the world. As she progressed to even more successes, she privately dealt with struggles including the eating disorder bulimia and a fruitful but initially painful reunion with her estranged father. Now in her forties, Chideya has learned skills that allow her to accept and embrace her whole self. Successful women are prone to the “impostor syndrome,” a psychological disorder which makes us question if we’re good enough for our success. Chideya’s message — to love your inner “impostor,” thus breaking the cycle of self-fear — resonates with women of all ages and stages.

Possibility Speaks: Looking at the Near Future With Optimistic Clarity
In her 25 years as a journalist and social analyst, Farai Chideya has often anticipated technological and societal shifts that affect us today, from the rise of online communities in the 1980s that presaged today’s social media; to the shift from a black-white axis of race in America to a multiracial contemporary reality. For any business, institution, or even individual, being able to cultivate a sense of realistic “near-futurism” is key to remaining engaged in issues without being bogged down with them. Chideya explains how to filter the barrage of data that comes to us every day via media, to search out reliable sources, and to develop a key ability to follow trend lines that point us to more optimistic and healthy outcomes, be they entrepreneurial or personal.

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